Data Sources

The Kentucky Mesonet at WKU

The Kentucky Mesonet at WKU, a statewide weather and climate monitoring network operated by the Kentucky Climate Center, is recognized as the official source of climatological observations for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Monthly summaries of daily data collected by the Kentucky Mesonet are available at no charge.


The National Centers for Environmental Information

The National Climatic Data Center (NCEI) is the world's largest archive for climate information. They are the source for certified climate records. A variety of popular products are available, including:

  • Storm Data - Monthly report on storms and unusual weather. Includes narrative, pictures, and impacts of selected events.
  • Local Climatological Data - Monthly and annual summaries of temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, and wind speed for selected cities.
  • Climatological Data - Monthly and annual summaries of daily temperatures and precipitation for an extensive network or stations. Also includes daily snowfall, snow depth, evaporation, and soil temperature data.
  • Hourly Precipitation Data - Hourly precipitation data from a network of recording rain gages.

Midwestern Regional Climate Center

The Midwestern Regional Climate Center offers free accounts to access to their cli-MATE database. Users can access historical climate data, perform database queries, and access derived climate products. Service climatologists on staff are also available to help you find the information you need.


National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Offices

The Kentucky Climate Center maintains an archive of historical climate data and documents in various forms, including print, microfiche, and microfilm. We also have access to online climate databases. We can help find the information you need. Simple requests may be filled by telephone, or use our Request Form.The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Offices provide recent local climate summaries for selected cities in their service regions. Climate summaries for cities in Kentucky are available through the following NWS offices:


Earth Systems Research Lab

The Physical Sciences Division of the Earth Systems Research Laboratory provides access to a variety of climatological data. Data can be downloaded or displayed using visual plotting tools.


Data Requests

The Kentucky Climate Center maintains an archive of historical climate data and documents in various forms, including print, microfiche, and microfilm. We also have access to online climate databases and can help find the information you need. Simple requests may be filled by telephone, or use our Request Form