SUMMER SEASON: JUNE 2003 to AUGUST 2003:

TEMPERATURES: During the month of June...temperatures were around 4 to 5 degrees below normal for the month. In fact, June 2003 was the coldest June on record in Paducah. However, in Paducah, it reached 90 or above for two days near the end of the month for the first time in 2003. Also, it was the second coldest June in Evansville. In Evansville, it reached 91 degrees on the 25th and that was the only day it was 90 or above. In July, the average monthly temperature was right around normal in Paducah, but slightly below normal in Evansville. There were 13 days of 90 degrees or above in Paducah in July, with Evansville reporting 10. By August, average monthly temperatures were running slightly above normal. The highest temperature that occurred in Paducah in August was 97 degrees on the 17th. August 2003 was the ninth warmest on record in Paducah. In Evansville, the highest temperature in August was 95 degrees, which occurred on both the 22nd and 27th of the month.

WEATHER: The only severe weather that occurred in June was on the 10th and 11th. High wind was main culprit from these storms. There was an F1 tornado that occurred on the 11th in Marshall county Kentucky near Briensburg. There were also many accounts of heavy rain occurring across the area as well, especially on the 11th. Several roads were closed and a few motorists were stranded. At both Paducah and Evansville, the total monthly precipitation ended up being above normal.

In July, there were several severe weather events. The first substantial event unfolded on July 18th. The severe weather was mainly confined to southern Illinois and southeast Missouri, where there were several reports of high winds and large hail. Trees and power lines were blown down as a result of the wind. There was a baseball dugout that was destroyed in Evansville, due to 64 mph winds. On the 21st of July, another round of severe weather battered portions of southwest Illinois...extreme southeast Missouri...and western Kentucky. Large hail and damaging winds were reported. Yet another line of severe thunderstorms occurred on the 28th, leading to several reports of large hail and wind damage. There was a man injured in McCracken County KY, when he was hit by flying debris from a building that collapsed in downtown Paducah due to straight line winds.

For the month of July, the total monthly precipitation was above normal for Evansville but much below normal for Paducah. July of 2003 would go down in the books as tying the 10th driest July on record in Paducah.

It was a rather uneventful August for portions of southern Illinois and southwest Indiana, who had a few severe weather reports for the month. However, in Kentucky and Missouri, things would be different. On August 3rd, a complex of thunderstorms moved across southeast Missouri producing heavy rain which caused flooding problems across portions of Butler, Ripley, and Bollinger counties in Missouri. Some large hail was also a problem in these areas. More severe weather occurred on the 4th across southeast Missouri and portions of west Kentucky. Then on the 22nd, severe thunderstorms moved across southeast Missouri and western Kentucky producing mainly high winds and some reports of large hail. Numerous trees were blown down due to these storms. There was also an F0 tornado that created a broken path of tree damage in Calloway County, KY.

On the 27th of August, more severe weather occurred. This time southwest Indiana and portions of west Kentucky were in the line of fire. High winds and isolated large hail were reported. Numerous trees were downed, and a tractor trailer truck turned overturned as these storms moved through.

At the very end of the month, August 30th, heavy rain occurred in southeast Missouri dumping 3 to 6 inches of rain. Also, August 2003 was the ninth wettest on record in Paducah with 3.61 inches of rain.

Another weather related problem that occurred in August was the heat. A couple of heat exhaustion cases were reported in Kentucky on the 26th and 27th. Temperatures were in the middle 90s on these days with heat indices around 105 degrees.

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

JUNE 2003 Average Monthly Temperature Departure From Normal Remarks
Paducah, KY 70.7 degrees 3.8 degrees below normal  Coldest June on record
Evansville, IN 69.5 degrees 5.3 degrees below normal 2nd coldest

 

JUNE  2003 Monthly Precip. Dptr From Normal Monthly Snowfall Dptr From Normal Remarks
Paducah, KY 5.18 inches 0.67 in. above normal 0.0 inches 0.0 inches  
Evansville, IN 4.50 inches 0.40 in. above normal 0.0 inches 0.0 inches  

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JULY 2003 Average Monthly Temperature Departure From Normal Remarks
Paducah, KY 78.3 degrees 0.1 degrees above normal  
Evansville, IN 77.1 degrees 1.5 degrees below normal  

 

JULY  2003 Monthly Precip. Dptr From Normal Monthly Snowfall Dptr From Normal Remarks
Paducah, KY 2.78 inches 1.67 in. below normal 0.0 inches 0.0 inches Tied 10th driest
Evansville, IN 4.38 inches 0.63 in. above normal 0.0 inches 0.0 inches  

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AUGUST 2003 Average Monthly Temperature Departure From Normal Remarks
Paducah, KY 78.1 degrees 1.9 degrees above normal  9th warmest
Evansville, IN 77.2 degrees 0.7 degrees above normal  

 

AUGUST  2003 Monthly Precip. Dptr From Normal Monthly Snowfall Dptr From Normal Remarks
Paducah, KY 3.61  inches 0.62 in. above normal 0.0 inches 0.0 inches 9th wettest
Evansville, IN 1.89 inches 1.25 in. below normal 0.0 inches 0.0 inches  

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