Western Ky. goes from flood to drought in a year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Last year was the wettest on record in
Kentucky going back to 1895, bringing widespread flooding last
spring in some areas. But state climatologist Stuart Foster says
those same parts of the state are currently in drought.
With spring's unusually warm, dry weather, April-May
precipitation totals are drastically different from last year's.
Foster says climate monitoring stations in the Kentucky Mesonet
show totals of 16 to 24 inches for those two months last year in
eight western Kentucky counties, while this year the figures range
from an inch and a half to less than 6 inches in those same
counties.
The Kentucky Climate Center says a dry start to the year doesn't
always mean intense summer drought, but Foster says people involved
in weather-sensitive work should be aware it's possible.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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