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July 2014 one of coolest on record, state climatologist says

July 2014 will go down as one of the coolest on record, according to state climatologist Stuart Foster.

“Statewide this will certainly be among the top 10 coolest Julys going back to 1895 and will likely be in the top five,” said Dr. Foster, director of the Kentucky Climate Center and the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU.

At the Bowling Green Regional Airport, July 2014 was the sixth coolest since 1893 at the Bowling Green Regional Airport with an average temperature of 75.0 degrees or 3.7 degrees below normal. July 1947 was the coolest at 72.1 followed by 1967 at 73.8, 1984 at 74.1, 1950 at 74.4 and 2009 at 74.5.

The cooler temperatures also are evident in the overnight lows.

For the first time since July 1967, the Bowling Green airport recorded nine days with lows at 59 degrees or cooler. This is the most since July 1947, when 15 such days were recorded.

On the flipside, Bowling Green had just five days with low temperatures at 70 degrees or above. In July 2012, when high temperatures topped 100 for several days, Bowling Green had 29 days with lows at 70 or above.

The warmest day was July 26 with 96 degrees recorded at the airport and the Warren County Mesonet site. The coolest days were July 5 with 53 degrees at the airport and July 16 with 52 degrees at the Mesonet site.

“In 2014, our long, cold winter was followed by a slightly warmer than normal spring as temperatures rebounded,” Dr. Foster said. “But early summer has been quite cool in the Bowling Green region as nationally, the central United States has experienced cooler than normal temperatures.”

While temperatures may be cooler, precipitation across the state has generally been below normal since mid-spring, Dr. Foster said. The Barren River, Lincoln Trail, Pennyrile and Green River areas have been drier than other parts of Kentucky this summer, he added.

“Some signs of mild drought conditions are developing, but at this point we don’t anticipate a significant long-term concern,” he said. “The fact that temperatures have been cooler and the fact that we were wetter earlier this year have certainly helped.”

Contact: Stuart Foster, (270) 745-5983.

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