August Summary

The drought that had already been established by very hot, dry weather earlier in the summer continued into August.  However, rains were slightly more frequent in August and temperatures didn't vary much from normal.   As a result, the drought didn't significantly worsen and managed to improve slightly in some areas.

No tornadoes were reported during the month, making this the first summer since 2007 in which no tornadoes struck central Kentucky or southern Indiana.  The most significant storm system of the month occurred on the afternoon on the 16th when a severe squall line developed across Illinois and Indiana and swept southeast through Kentucky, resulting in scattered wind damage.  A man was killed in Logan County when a gust of wind blew a large tree down on to the porch where he was sitting 

  Average Temperature Departure from Normal Precipitation Departure from Normal
Bowling Green 77.7° +0.2° 2.78" -0.55"
Frankfort 74.2° -1.0° 1.15" -2.21"
Lexington 74.2° -1.1° 2.15" -1.10"
Louisville Bowman 77.0° -0.5° 2.62" -0.69"
Louisville Standiford (OFFICIAL) 78.4° 1.46" -1.87"

Records:

12th:  Frankfort record low of 51°
20th:  Lexington record low of 52°
31st:  Record warm low of 75° at Bowling Green and Louisville

Frankfort's 8th driest August on record

Cows struck by lightning

A group of cows struck by lightning was killed instantly on August 3 near Irvington, KY.  John Betner



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