WKU Mesonet Tracks Recordbreaking Rainfall Across Kentucky

Aug 5, 2016

A tobacco field near the Todd-Christian County line
Credit WKU

The rainfall that’s been pounding Kentucky this summer has broken records and impacted farmers.

Kentucky state climatologist and WKU Geography and Geology professor Stuart Foster is reporting that rainfall records in several counties were shattered in July. The climate observer station in Murray recorded more than 18 inches of rain.

That broke the previous record by more than 7 inches.

Mesonet sites with the most rainfall in July also included Christian County with more than 18 inches, and Logan County with nearly 17 inches. Butler, Hopkins, and Marshall counties all recorded 16 inches of rainfall last month.

The heavy rains washed out portions of tobacco in some fields.

But the above average rainfall was an advantage for some crops, including corn and soybeans.

Kentucky Mesonet has 66 weather stations collecting data in 65 counties.

Kentucky Mesonet at WKU stations with July 2016 precipitation totals of more than 10 inches:

County  Total   

Christian 18.26   

Calloway 17.06   

Logan 16.90   

Hopkins 16.38   

Marshall 16.25   

Butler 16.05   

Crittenden 15.87   

Trigg 15.76   

Ohio 15.75   

Todd 15.68   

Muhlenberg 15.60   

Barren 14.87   

McLean 14.24   

Caldwell 13.62   

Simpson 12.02   

Warren 11.74   

Marion 11.68   

Adair 11.22   

Campbell 10.92   

Henderson 10.57   

Casey 10.51   

LaRue 10.48   

Union 10.32