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Dodging sweat bullets

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County dodged the heat in 2013 after steamy '12

By Jeff D'Alessio

Don’t be fooled by the recent rash of temperatures hovering around 90 degrees accompanied by toasty humidity — Hardin County got off light when it came to traditional summer weather this year.

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So far this year, there have been no 100-degree days and when other summers feature sweltering and draining heat and humidity, June through August of 2013 will go down as only a mild version of summer heat.

“Nobody should be complaining about the weather this year,’’ said Fort Knox Weather Center meteroligist Mark Adams. “We are just now in the last few days getting a taste of what summer is supposed to feel like.’’

Should no 100-degree days arrive in the next month or so, this will mark the third time in the last four years the area has been spared from triple-digit temperatures.

Last year, was the exception.

In an 11-day stretch from June 28-July 8, temperatures ranged from 100.1 to a high of 103 on July 7 with 96 percent humidity and little wind according to data at the Kentucky Mesonet Center in Cecilia.

“It was just a seasonal pattern (last year),’’ Adams said. “But last year was really hot.’’

He said last summer was one of the two or three hottest on record in the Ohio Valley.

The highest temperature this year according to Mesonet statistics was Friday when the heat climbed to 92.6 degrees. Last year in June and July, there were 20 days higher than this year’s high reading.

“We’ve kind of been in this trend for five or six days with summer weather,’’ Adams said. “By (today) or Tuesday we’ll see some cooler temperatures coming in.’’

It’s also been a tale of two summers for precipation. Through Friday, the Mesonet Center only had measured 1.45 inches of rain for August. Last year, 11.24 inches of rain fell in August.

Low rain totals could play a big role in what type of fall colors we see in area trees.

Hardin County Extension Agent for Horticulture, Amy Aldenderfer, said trees already are seeing some drought stress. “It usually doesn’t preceed having good fall colors,’’ she said.

This is the time of year trees are transferring their foilage. Smaller trees could use water to keep from drying out but larger trees, because of their root size, tend to fare better when a drought hits, she said.

 Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.  

By the numbers

100-degree days

  • 2013: 0
  • 2012: 8
  • 2011: 0
  • 2010: 0

Source: Cecilia Mesonet Center