July Summary

Our relatively cool, wet, summer continued in July, which led to a quiet month in regards to severe weather.  Severe storms only occurred in southern Indiana or central Kentucky on five days of the month.  The most significant event took place on the 10th when a line of thunderstorms blew up over southwest Indiana and tore to the southeast through southern Indiana and north central Kentucky.  In Louisville, where a 64mph wind gust was measured at Louisville International Airport, a tree branch fell on a 13-year-old boy, who died later that night.

Many storm systems, along with afternoon summertime scattered thunderstorm development, brought significant rains to central Kentucky.  From 200 to 300 percent of normal rainfall fell from the Bowling Green region northeastward to the Frankfort and Lexington areas.  Southern Indiana was largely missed by the rains, with Washington and Scott counties receiving 50 to 100 percent of normal July precipitation.

The hottest stretch of weather happened over a few days in the middle of the month, peaking on the 17th when afternoon temperatures were in the middle 90s.


Average Temperature

Departure from Normal


Departure from Normal

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Louisville Bowman





Louisville Official (SDF)






Average Temperature in the above table refers to the average of the daily highs and lows.  For example, the average daily high temperature for BWG was 85.5 degrees and the average daily low was 67.1, so the average for the month listed in the table above is 76.3 degrees.

Records Set:

1st:  Record rainfall of 2.96" set at Bowling Green
4th:  Record cold high of 73° tied at Bowling Green
6th:  Record cold high of 72° set at Frankfort
28th:  Record cold high of 78° set at Bowling Green, record cold high of 74° set at Frankfort
29th:  Record low of 54° set at Lexington, record low of 52° set at Frankfort

5th wettest July on record at Bowling Green
8th wettest July on record at Frankfort
10th coolest July on record at Frankfort
6th wettest July on record at Lexington

Lightning July 18

Lightning in Elizabethtown on the 18th.  Code 3 Images LLC

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