Kentucky Climate Impacts Summary
Following an unusually cold March, more seasonal weather prevailed throughout April. The average temperature and precipitation across the state were near normal. Average temperatures displayed less variation throughout the state than is typical, as most locations in northern and northeastern Kentucky averaged between 53°F and 55°F, while averages increased to 56°F to 58°F along the southern tier of counties. The highest temperature reported by the Kentucky Mesonet was 88.3°F on April 10th at Louisa in Lawrence County in northeastern Kentucky. The lowest temperature was 18.3°F on the 3rd, recorded near Vanceburg in Lewis County. The average temperature for the month ranged from 53.1°F measured in the Licking River Valley near Cynthiana in Harrison County to 57.9°F near Benton in Marshall County in western Kentucky. The average temperature statewide for the month based on the Kentucky Mesonet was 56.0°F, compared to an average of 57.6°F for April of 2012 and 39.8°F for March of 2013.
Precipitation averaged more than half an inch above normal across the state. The highest amounts fell across the southern tier of counties from the Mississippi River to east of Bowling Green, where totals ranged from 6. to more than 8.. Areas of northeastern Kentucky from Bath to Lawrence Counties generally received only 2. to 3.. Otherwise, precipitation was near normal across the state, with slightly lower amounts in the northern than in the southern portions of the state. The heaviest widespread precipitation events occurred on the 11th and 27th with many locations receiving over 2.. The highest monthly total recorded by the Kentucky Mesonet was 8.24. near Elkton in Todd County in southern Kentucky. The lowest total was 2.04. reported in Lawrence County. Average precipitation for the month was 4.85..