• Recurrence intervals based on the historical frequency
    of extreme precipitation events help engineers to design projects
    that mitigate impacts from flooding.
  • The Kentucky Mesonet at WKU is a statewide weather and climate monitoring
    network developed and operated by the Kentucky Climate Center.
  • The Kentucky Climate Center serves as the State Climate Office for Kentucky
    as recognized by the American Association of State Climatologists.
  • The Kentucky Climate Center is housed in the
    Department of Geography and Geology
    on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

Historical Perspective

Descriptive information and historical data highlighting aspects of Kentucky’s climate.

Current Conditions

Current weather and climate conditions across Kentucky.

A Look Ahead

Outlooks for temperature, precipitation, and hazards from a few days to a few months ahead.

Special Interest

Kentucky's Climate During the Civil War

Glen Conner
State Climatologist Emeritus for Kentucky

The many hardships, privations, and disruptions endured by Kentuckians during the Civil War were exacerbated by the extremely wet and dry spells of Kentucky's climate.

History of weather observations

Bowling Green, Kentucky 1849—1948
July 2005

There are many people who contributed to this study of the weather observations in Bowling Green but none as important as the observers themselves.

Central U.S. 2012 Drought Assessment


From Too Much to Too Little: How the central U.S. drought of 2012 evolved out of one of the most devastating floods on record in 2011.

History of weather observations

Louisville, Kentucky 1849—1948
September 2004

The goal of this study is to document the primary weather observational history in the Louisville Kentucky area that was part of the path to the current National Weather Service’s observing program.

The Kentucky Climate Center also maintains an archive of historical climate data and documents in various forms,We also have access to online climate databases and can help find the information you need.
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