2005 Weather Highlights in Western Kentucky …
Southern Illinois … Southwest Indiana … and
Southeast Missouri

WINTER SEASON (December 2004 – February 2005)

Synopsis:  The winter of 2004-2005 experienced warmer than normal temperatures across the entire quad state.  This in turn led to very few frozen precipitation events.  However, on December 22, 2004 the largest snow storm on record for many parts of the quad state dumped one to two feet of snow.  Southeast Illinois and southwest Indiana saw the brunt of the storm, with 18 inch and greater totals widespread across that area.  Behind this system, the snow-covered ground acted as a freezer, and morning low temperatures dropped well into the subzero category.  A rapid warm-up then occurred which persisted into the new year.

Record warm temperatures occurred on the first few days of 2005.  This would just be the start to the mild conditions. During the months of January and February,  Paducah saw twenty-two days with double digit warm departures from normal.  These above normal temperatures eventually sparked a minor round of severe weather on January 13th, which included an F1 tornado in Pulaski County, IL.  Unlike the major snowstorm which started winter, snow would be scarce during the remainder of the season.  Infact, some communities did not log a trace through the last two winter months.

The warm temperatures to start 2005 also led to major snowmelt across the Ohio River Valley. In response, all area rivers flooded across southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and southwest Indiana.  The worst flooding was along the White and lower Wabash Rivers, where water led to widespread evacuations and sandbagging of levees.  

DECEMBER 2004  

Average Monthly Temp.  

Departure from Normal   

Records  

Paducah, KY

35.8°

-1.1°

 

Evansville, IN

33.8°

-1.8°

  

Carbondale, IL

34.2°

-1.0°

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

37.3°

-0.3°

  

  

JANUARY 2005 

Average Monthly Temp.  

Departure from Normal  

Records 

Paducah, KY

41.0°

+7.1°

6th Warmest

Evansville, IN

38.7°

+7.2°

 

Carbondale, IL

38.6°

+8.0°

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

40.1°

+7.4°

 

  

FEBRUARY 2005  

Average Monthly Temp.  

Departure from Normal  

Records 

Paducah, KY

43.7°

+4.8°

 

Evansville, IN

40.8°

+4.5°

 

Carbondale, IL

42.2°

+7.7°

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

43.7°

+7.4°

 

  

DECEMBER 2004 

Monthly Precip.  

Departure from Normal 

Monthly Snowfall 

Departure from Normal 

Records  

Paducah, KY

3.32

-1.06

14.2 in.

+12.7 in.

Snowiest

Evansville, IN

2.31

-1.23

22.3 in.

+19.5 in.

2nd Snowiest

Carbondale, IL

2.96

-0.77

13.0 in.

+10.4 in.

Snowiest

Poplar Bluff, MO

2.72

-1.59

11.0 in.

+10.2 in.

Snowiest

  

JANUARY 2005  

Monthly Precip. 

Departure from Normal  

Monthly Snowfall  

Departure from Normal  

Records  

Paducah, KY

4.60

+1.13

Trace

-3.9 in.

 

Evansville, IN

3.34

+0.43

Trace

-4.6 in.

 

Carbondale, IL

4.70

+1.67

0.0 in.

-4.6 in.

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

4.95

+1.99

0.0 in.

-3.0 in.

 

  

FEBRUARY 2005  

Monthly Precip. 

Departure from Normal  

Monthly Snowfall  

Departure from Normal  

Records  

Paducah, KY

2.55

-0.92

Trace

-3.3 in.

 

Evansville, IN

2.64

-0.46

0.3 in.

-3.5 in.

 

Carbondale, IL

2.58

-0.36

0.0 in.

-3.4 in.

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

1.90

-1.33

0.0 in.

-1.7 in.

 

     

SPRING SEASON (March – May)


Synopsis:  Temperatures during spring across the mid-Mississippi Valley were near normal, but began cool in March.  At Evansville, 15 of the first 21 days of the month saw freezing or below temperatures including a low of 19° on March 14.  The cool temperatures across the region parted briefly on March 12, as a 75° was logged at Paducah.  Strong west winds that day allowed for compressional warming off the Ozark Foothills and Poplar Bluff reached an amazingly high 86°.  This was the warmest temperature during the month of March in Poplar Bluff since 1963.  Overall, spring temperatures ran near or just above normal from late March through mid April.  From April 23 through May 6, temperatures would return to well below normal values with late season frost and near freezing conditions seen on a handful of nights during that stretch.  The remainder of meteorological spring would experience near normal temperatures.

The spring is typically the wettest season across the mid-Mississippi Valley, but this was hardly the case in 2005.  Precipitation amounts were far below normal, namely in May.  Along with this dryness came far less severe weather than a typical spring experiences in this part of the country.  Two events did occur on April 12th and on May 19th.  The first produced widespread severe hail and the latter gave both severe hail and wind across a large portion of the area.  In addition, two weak tornadoes on both days did touch down and cause minor damage. 

     

MARCH 2005 

Average Monthly Temp. 

Departure from Normal 

Records 

Paducah, KY

45.9°

-1.7°

 

Evansville, IN

42.7°

-3.1°

 

Carbondale, IL

43.4°

-1.8°

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

47.1°

-0.9°

 

  

APRIL 2005 

Average Monthly Temp. 

Departure from Normal 

Records 

Paducah, KY

58.2°

+1.4°

 

Evansville, IN

56.4°

+0.4°

 

Carbondale, IL

56.8°

+1.5°

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

58.9°

+0.8°

 

  

MAY 2005 

Average Monthly Temp. 

Departure from Normal 

Records 

Paducah, KY

65.1°

-0.8°

 

Evansville, IN

63.2°

-2.4°

 

Carbondale, IL

63.9°

-0.9°

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

66.4°

-1.4°

 

  

MARCH 2005 

Monthly Precip. 

Departure from Normal 

Records

Paducah, KY

3.85

-0.42

 

Evansville, IN

2.85

-1.44

 

Carbondale, IL

2.68

-1.64

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

3.60

-0.98

 

   

APRIL 2005 

Monthly Precip.  

Departure from Normal 

Records 

Paducah, KY

4.56

-0.39

 

Evansville, IN

2.13

-2.35

 

Carbondale, IL

2.13

-2.40

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

2.87

-2.10

 

  

MAY 2005 

Monthly Precip.  

Departure from Normal 

Records

Paducah, KY

0.82

-3.93

2nd Driest

Evansville, IN

2.33

-2.68

 

Carbondale, IL

2.32

-2.50

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

1.00

-3.35

5th Driest

  
SUMMER SEASON (June – August)

Synopsis: Light to moderate drought conditions persisted through the summer season with southeast Missouri and southern Illinois being affected the most. Although there were periods of very heavy rainfall across the quad state area, there was very little overall relief to the dry conditions.

Compounding drought conditions, July saw a heat wave spread through many communities with heat indices as high as 107 degrees with dew points neared 80 degrees. Many areas had above normal temperatures through the summer months, with several records being set.  A heat wave took hold during July 21st through 26th due to temperatures in the low to mid 90s, and unusually humid conditions which were brought across the area as the remnants of Tropical Storm Dennis moved through the Ohio Valley. Two individuals died and there were over 200 cases of heat related illnesses. The beginning of August was not much better, daily highs were 90 degrees or better for the first 15 days in western Kentucky and the first 14 days in southwest Indiana. It was the 6th warmest July on record at the Paducah Kentucky Regional Airport, and the 10th warmest in Carbondale Illinois. 

Even with the drought conditions being the main topic, there were occasions of storms and heavy rainfall. On June 8th a strong storm system moved through the Midwest with severe winds and large damaging hail, with Paducah setting a new daily rainfall record. In July southeast Missouri received abundant rain over the 11th and 12th, with Poplar Bluff getting half of their monthly rainfall total in one 24 hour period, just under 3 inches. This was the 3rd wettest July on record for the community. Strong storms rolled through the Ohio Valley during the last week of August, with moderate flash flooding occurring across the quad state area. Worst hit was in portions of western Kentucky and southwest Indiana. It was the wettest August on record at Evansville Indiana and the 4th wettest in Paducah Kentucky. Some communities in Kentucky had one and a half feet of standing water in some buildings, with one official in Caldwell County stating it was the worst flooding in nearly 20 years.

   

JUNE 2005  

Average Monthly Temp. 

Departure from Normal  

Records 

Paducah, KY

75.9°

+1.4°

 

Evansville, IN

75.4°

+0.6°

 

Carbondale, IL

76.4°

+2.7°

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

78.2°

+2.0°

 

  

JULY 2005 

Average Monthly Temp.  

Departure from Normal 

Records 

Paducah, KY

78.3°

+0.1°

 

Evansville, IN

77.6°

-1.0°

 

Carbondale, IL

79.0°

+1.3°

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

79.7°

-0.9°

 

  

AUGUST 2005  

Average Monthly Temp.

Departure from Normal

Records  

Paducah, KY

80.1°

+3.9°

6th Warmest

Evansville, IN

79.3°

+2.8°

 

Carbondale, IL

80.2°

+4.5°

10th Warmest

Poplar Bluff, MO

80.8°

+2.4°

 

       

JUNE 2005  

Monthly Precip.  

Departure from Normal 

Records 

Paducah, KY

3.64

-0.87

 

Evansville, IN

4.83

+0.73

 

Carbondale, IL

1.34

-3.48

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

2.42

-1.53

 

  

JULY 2005 

Monthly Precip. 

Departure from Normal 

Records 

Paducah, KY

4.24

-0.21

 

Evansville, IN

2.69

-1.06

 

Carbondale, IL

5.27

+1.98

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

8.11

+4.16

3rd Wettest

  

AUGUST 2005  

Monthly Precip. 

Departure from Normal  

Records 

Paducah, KY

6.07

+3.08

4th Wettest

Evansville, IN

8.51

+5.37

Wettest

Carbondale, IL

2.37

-1.61

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

2.39

-0.99

 

  AUTUMN SEASON (September – November)

 Synopsis:  Even though abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions continued over a small portion of southeast Missouri, and much of western Kentucky, this was over shadowed by the wide spread severe weather during November. A series of strong frontal systems moved across the area 3 out of the 4 weekends, ushering in very strong tornados, flash flooding, and damaging hail. Tragically there was great loss of life in southwest Indiana, with other deaths reported in Ripley County Missouri and in western Kentucky. It was determined that the F-4 tornado that moved through the Madisonville Kentucky area was the strongest storm in the nation for the year. The F-3 tornado in southwest Indiana proved to be the deadliest tornado in the nation since 1998.

Unseasonably warm temperatures and dry conditions persisted across portions of the quad state area, with Paducah Kentucky achieving the 10th warmest September on record and Poplar Bluff Missouri matching the 10th driest September. The exception of dry conditions during September was in western Kentucky, where remnants of Hurricane Katrina bought flooding to the Hopkinsville area. The Green River rose out of its banks after nearly 10 inches of rain fell along the Kentucky – Tennessee border.

The first good freeze occurred on October 28th as temperatures dropped into the upper 20s in many communities. Much of the area had very little rainfall during the fall season, with Paducah Kentucky achieving the 2nd driest October and 10th driest November on record.
Evansville Indiana had the 10th driest October and Poplar Bluff Missouri had its 5th driest October ever.

Tornados occurred over three weekends in November, with the southwest Indiana tornado occurring on the 6th, and the western Kentucky outbreak occurring on the 15th. Heavy rains fell across the quad state area, with the hardest hit in southeast Missouri with
major flash flooding, where some communities received nearly 8 inches on the 14th. And as the month of November was coming to an end, an F-2 tornado ripped through Ripley County Missouri, leaving death and destruction in its path. 

 

SEPTEMBER 2005 

Average Monthly Temp. 

Departure from Normal 

Records 

Paducah, KY

72.7°

+3.6°

10th Warmest

Evansville, IN

72.2°

+3.1°

 

Carbondale, IL

73.5°

+3.8°

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

74.8°

+3.6°

Tied 10th Warmest

  

OCTOBER 2005  

Average Monthly Temp.  

Departure from Normal 

Records  

Paducah, KY

59.9°

+1.1°

 

Evansville, IN

58.9°

+1.6°

 

Carbondale, IL

57.9°

-0.6°

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

59.8°

-0.1°

 

  

NOVEMBER 2005  

Average Monthly Temp. 

Departure from Normal 

Records  

Paducah, KY

49.9°

+3.1°

 

Evansville, IN

47.8°

+1.8°

 

Carbondale, IL

49.3°

+2.9°

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

50.6°

+2.6°

 

  

SEPTEMBER 2005 

Monthly Precip.  

Departure from Normal 

Records 

Paducah, KY

3.49

-0.07

 

Evansville, IN

2.00

-0.99

 

Carbondale, IL

3.65

+0.32

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

4.28

+0.74

 

   

OCTOBER 2005

Monthly Precip.  

Departure from Normal  

Records

Paducah, KY

0.11

-3.34

2nd Driest

Evansville, IN

0.73

-2.05

10th Driest

Carbondale, IL

0.93

-2.19

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

0.13

-3.03

5th Driest

  

NOVEMBER 2005 

Monthly Precip. 

Departure from Normal  

Records  

Paducah, KY

2.06

-2.47

10th Driest

Evansville, IN

5.93

1.75

 

Carbondale, IL

9.16

+5.36

2nd Wettest

Poplar Bluff, MO

3.78

-0.28

 

 

WINTER  (December)

  

DECEMBER 2005  

Average Monthly Temp.  

Departure from Normal 

Records 

Paducah, KY

34.4°

-2.5°

 

Evansville, IN

32.8°

-2.8°

 

Carbondale, IL

33.4°

-3.0°

 

Poplar Bluff, MO

34.0°

-4.3°

 

  

DECEMBER 2005 

Monthly Precip. 

Departure from Normal 

Monthly Snowfall  

Departure from Normal 

Records

Paducah, KY

1.44

-2.94

0.9 in.

-0.5 in.

 

Evansville, IN

2.55

-0.99

2.3 in.

-0.5 in.

 

Carbondale, IL

0.65

-1.54

2.0 in.

-0.6 in.

3rd Driest

Poplar Bluff, MO

0.49

-3.37

3.0 in.

+1.6 in.

3rd Driest

 

 

 


 


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