December Summary

December started off with a burst of amazing warmth as temperatures soared into the 70s on the 3rd.  Louisville hit their second warmest temperature ever recorded in the month of December (75).  Happily, the unusual warmth came without any severe weather.

We did have one stormy day during the month, though.  On the 17th a cold front sparked showers and a few thunderstorms that managed to produce hail.  Most of the hail was quite small, but there was one report of half dollar sized hailstones in Bullitt County.

During the final week and a half of the month we entered an active weather pattern with several storm systems passing through the region.  On the 20th winds gusted to as much as 60 mph as a strong center of low pressure moved by to the north.  Several days later, on the 26th, a powerful blizzard charged from Arkansas to New England, grazing southern Indiana where 4 to 8 inches of snowfall was propelled by 50 mph winds!  There was even some thundersnow in Dubois County.  On the heels of the blizzard another snowmaker came through on the 29th and dropped up to half a foot of new powder on southern Indiana and northern Kentucky.


Average Temperature

Departure from Normal


Departure from Normal


Departure from Normal

Bowling Green 45.8° +7.2° 5.41" +0.61" T -1.4"
Frankfort 41.7° +6.4°  6.58"  +2.57"     
Lexington 41.8° +5.8°  6.55"  +2.62"  3.4"  +0.9" 
Louisville Bowman 43.5°  +6.3°  6.67"  +2.66"     
Louisville OFFICIAL 44.4°  +6.5°  7.14"  +3.31"  2.7" +0.1" 

7th warmest December on record at Bowling Green
9th warmest December on record at Frankfort
7th wettest December on record at Frankfort
7th wettest December on record at Louisville

3rd:  Record warm low of 63° at Louisville.  Record warm low of 57° at Frankfort.  Record warm low of 61° at Bowling Green.
7th:  Record precipitation of 1.80" at Louisville.
16th:  Record warm low of 57° at Louisville.  Record warm low of 53° at Lexington.  Record warm low of 54° at Frankfort.

December 29 at LMK

At the NWS office on December 29.

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