2018 one of wettest years for Kentucky

Published: Jan. 14, 2019 at 3:54 PM CST
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According to the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU, 2018 was one of the wettest years on record for Kentucky.

Mesonet stations reported a statewide average of 63.08 inches of precipitation for the year.

“The wettest months were February and September, but no month averaged more than 10 inches,” said Stuart Foster, director of the Kentucky Climate Center and the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU. “As a result, there was only minor river flooding reported in 2018. In contrast, the record setting year of 2011 included as much as 20 inches of rain in some areas during April and early May, resulting in extensive flooding along the lower reaches of the Ohio River and its tributaries.”

Data from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center lists the record wettest year in Kentucky dating back to 1895 as 2011, with a statewide average of 64.35 inches.

The Mesonet is the state’s official source of climatological observations.