AUTUMN SEASON...SEPTEMBER 2003 to NOVEMBER 2003:

TEMPERATURES: The fall season began with temperatures around 2 degrees below normal in September. At Paducah, with an average monthly temperature of 67.0 degrees, tied the fifth coldest on record. Temperatures were slightly above normal for October and over 4 degrees above normal for November. At Paducah, with an average monthly temperature of 51.5 degrees, November 2003 was the seventh warmest on record. At Evansville, November 2003 was the tenth warmest on record.

WEATHER: While there was no severe weather reported in the autumn season, heavy rain caused some flooding problems in certain areas. The period from August 29th to September 2nd was very wet. Rainfall amounts were the highest over southeast Missouri, where 7 to 10 inches of rain was measured at airport observing sites. Over the rest of the area, rainfall amounts were highly variable. A heavy rain event occurred on September 1st and 2nd, as a cold front interacted with the moisture from the remnants of tropical storm Grace. The most significant flooding was reported at and near Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where a couple of water rescues were conducted for people trapped in vehicles. In Paducah, the total monthly precipitation was almost an inch and a half above normal, making it the eighth wettest.

On October 3rd, cold Canadian high pressure pushed the coldest air up through this point in the fall season into the quad state area. Clear skies and calm winds allowed frost to form in portions of southwest Indiana, west Kentucky (mainly north of Madisonville), southeast Missouri (mainly north and west of Cape Girardeau) and southern Illinois (except for the southern tip of the state). This was unusually early in the season for the first frost to form. On the 25th of October, thunderstorms with very heavy rain and small hail moved northeast across western Kentucky. Some minor flooding occurred, with overflowing ditches and water pooling on roadways. Both Paducah and Evansville had well below normal precipitation totals for October. With only 2.15 inches recorded in Paducah, it was the sixth driest October on record.

On November 18th, up to 6 inches of rain fell over the hilly terrain of southeast Missouri, to the north and west of Poplar Bluff. The event began on the evening of the 17th and ended on the 18th. Flash flooding of numerous creeks, streams and rural roads occurred. People were evacuated from cabins and others were stranded and needed assistance. At both Paducah and Evansville, precipitation totals for November were above normal. 5.17 inches of rain at Paducah, made November of 2003 the tenth wettest on record.

On November 28th, snow showers produced a light coating of snow across southeast Illinois and southwest Indiana. Accumulations ranged from a trace to around a half inch. Bridges and overpasses were slick as temperatures fell below freezing at night...which caused several accidents.

Here is a detailed look at the autumn season...

SEPTEMBER 2003 Average Monthly Temperature Departure From Normal Remarks
Paducah, KY 67.0 degrees 2.1 degrees below normal Tied 5th coldest
Evansville, IN 66.8 degrees 2.3 degrees below normal  

 

SEPTEMBER 2003 Monthly Precip. Dptr From Normal Monthly Snowfall Dptr From Normal Remarks
Paducah, KY 5.05  inches 1.49 in. above normal 0.0 inches 0.0 inches 8th wettest
Evansville, IN 3.17 inches 0.18 in. below normal 0.0 inches 0.0 inches  

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OCTOBER 2003 Average Monthly Temperature Departure From Normal Remarks
Paducah, KY 59.0 degrees 1.0 degrees above normal
Evansville, IN 57.6 degrees 0.3 degrees above normal  

 

OCTOBER 2003 Monthly Precip. Dptr From Normal Monthly Snowfall Dptr From Normal Remarks
Paducah, KY 2.15  inches 1.30 in. below normal 0.0 inches 0.1 in. below normal 6th driest
Evansville, IN 1.61 inches 1.17 in. below normal 0.0 inches 0.2 in. below normal  

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NOVEMBER 2003 Average Monthly Temperature Departure From Normal Remarks
Paducah, KY 51.5 degrees 4.7 degrees above normal 7th warmest
Evansville, IN 50.2 degrees 4.3 degrees above normal 10th warmest

 

NOVEMBER 2003 Monthly Precip. Dptr From Normal Monthly Snowfall Dptr From Normal Remarks
Paducah, KY 5.17  inches 0.64 in. above normal Trace 0.1 in. below normal 10th wettest,

Tied 5th snowiest

Evansville, IN 4.36 inches 0.18 in. above normal 0.3 inches 0.4 in. above normal  

Click here for the winter season overview through January 1st, 2004


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