April 2012 was a fairly quiet month, with little severe weather (especially considering how stormy April can be), and generally warm and dry conditions. April was actually about as warm as March was:
|March 2012||April 2012|
|Louisville International (official)||59.6||59.4|
The calm weather during the month was in stark contrast to April 2011:
|Tornado Warnings issued by NWS Louisville||2||73|
|Severe Thunderstorm Warnings issued by NWS Louisville||36||167|
|Flash Flood Warnings issued by NWS Louisville||1||41|
Of course, the month was not entirely without storms. On the morning of the 26th a squall line produced hail and gusty winds all the way from southeast Iowa through central Kentucky to the southern Appalachians. Then, later that same day, new storms developed along a cold front over central Kentucky and dropped hail at least as big as golf balls.
A couple days later on the evening of the 28th a super cell thunderstorm moved from Orange County, Indiana to southeast of Louisville. The Louisville metro suffered widespread hail, with stones up to two inches in diameter, including at Churchill Downs.
|Average Temperature||Departure from Normal||Precipitation||Departure from Normal||Snowfall||Departure from Normal|
|Louisville Bowman Field||59.9||+2.8||4.22"||+0.14"|
|Louisville International (official)||59.4||+1.4||3.40"||-0.61"||0||-0.1"|
Tenth warmest April on record at Bowling Green
Big hail northwest of Taylorsville on the 28th. Jeff Sarver