Spring Was Paducah's 5th-Wettest Ever
By National Weather Service
PADUCAH - Temperatures in Paducah during March, April and May were right on target, but nearly ten inches more rain fell than we see in an average spring.

According to the National Weather Service at Barkley Field, Paducah received 23.34 inches of precipitation during the period, which was 9.71 inches above normal. In May alone, Paducah got 11.09 inches, double the normal total for the month, and the wettest May ever.

Other totals in western Kentucky included 19.13 inches in Fulton; 17.24 in Mayfield; 14.46 in Benton and 14.36 in Murray, which were both about average for their location.

Southeast Missouri and southern Illinois were wetter on average, while Kentucky east of the lakes trended drier with less than a foot of rainfall in Trigg, Christian and Todd counties, a bit below average.

While temperatures averaged near normal over the three-month period, there was a wide range from month to month. The coldest high was 27 degrees on March 4, and the hottest was 91 degrees on May 24.

This spring was also noteworthy for its overall lack of severe weather, especially in April. The combined number of severe thunderstorm, tornado, and flash flood warnings issued in the 58-county forecast area was 120, compared to an average of 177. It was the lowest number for a spring season since 2015. 

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Spring 2019 weather summary

Published 09:37 AM, Saturday Jun. 08, 2019
Updated 01:41 PM, Sunday Jun. 09, 2019