The three warmest months of the year are now behind us and soon we'll experience cooler temperatures and falling leaves. But this Summer is going down in the record books for many reasons.
The end of August marked the end of meteorological summer which include the months of June, July, and August. Globally we had one of the warmest summers on record. And the bluegrass was scorched with triple digit heat from the end of June to early July. That was combined with the 6th driest Junes leading in to a hot July. But that heat bubbled up some strong storms and we ended the month ranking the 9th wettest Julys in Lexington. The most significant severe weather took place on July 19th with widespread damaging winds.
When we got to August, rain events were more frequent with near normal temperatures. The drought managed to improve especially in eastern KY. And for the first time in 5 years there were no tornadoes during the month. In summary we went from hot and dry, to hot and wet, to average making an interesting summer in deed.
According to the Farmer's Almanac we should prepare for a Winter that's colder and drier than normal, with above-normal snowfall later in the season. Other long range Winter forecasts call for normal temperatures and above normal snowfall for eastern Kentucky.
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