Summer of '09 likely to be one of the ten wettest summers at Paducah

The following are rankings of total rainfall so far this meteorological summer (June 1 through August 7):

  • Paducah: 14.03 inches /tied with 1972 for 5th wettest such period on record/
  • Evansville: 9.54 inches /does not rank in top 15/

The following are rankings of total rainfall for the period from July 1 through August 7:

  • Paducah: 11.26 inches /2nd wettest such period on record/...Record is 12.87 in 1972...Records date back to 1938
  • Evansville: 7.34 inches /14th wettest on record/...Records date back to 1897 

Since July 1, a couple of daily rainfall records were set at Paducah.

August 4: A record daily rainfall of 2.12 inches was set, breaking the old record of 1.49 set in 1995.
July 21: A record daily rainfall of 2.60 inches was set, shattering the old record of 1.82 set in 2006.

The top ten wettest meteorological summers (defined as June-August) at Paducah were: 

  1.   22.45    1958
  2.   22.17    1998
  3.   19.01    1950
  4.   18.07    1989
  5.   17.37    1979

  6.  15.99     1965
  7.  15.58     1975
  8.  15.44     1981
  9.  15.29     2006
10.  14.93     1977

A trough of low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere has persisted across the north central or northeast U.S. for much of the summer. This has resulted in more frequent cold frontal passages than typically experienced this time of year. The abundant rainfall has been accompanied by lower than normal temperatures. July was one of the coolest Julys on record, and August started off cooler than normal.

A respite from the wet weather this weekend will be short-lived. A trough of low pressure aloft will once again develop over the Ohio Valley in the next few days, bringing more showers and thunderstorms.





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