August Summary

 The first three weeks of August were generally colder than normal, which resulted in another relatively quiet summer month.  Very little severe weather occurred, with the most significant event of the month waiting until the very last day when thunderstorms brought scattered high winds.  Downburst wind speeds reached hurricane force in Oldham County on the 31st.

The cool weather came in two waves:  one during the first week of the month, and the second and stronger event peaking on the 14th and 15th when we were 10 to 15 degrees below normal.  Frankfort tied their daily record low on the 15th when the mercury there plunged into the upper 40s!

Summery temperatures in the 90s finally returned to the region during the final week of the month, but none of the main climate stations ever recorded a day even just ten or more degrees warmer than normal for this time of year.


Average Temperature

Departure from Normal


Departure from Normal

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Louisville Bowman





Louisville Standiford






On the 9th Bowling Green set a record rainfall amount of 2.85".
Frankfort tied a record low of 49° on the 15th.
On the 17th Bowling Green set a record rainfall amount of 1.57".
On the 31st Lexington set a record rainfall amount of 2.09" and Louisville set a record rainfall amount of 0.81".

Storm clouds

This storm brought damaging winds and golf ball sized hail to Simpsonville in Shelby County on the 21st.  Karlen Morris

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