No stranger to the rain

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Area soggy during typically dry time

By John Friedlein


By JOHN FRIEDLEIN jfriedlein@thenewsenterprise.com HARDIN COUNTY — Maybe somebody should tell Mother Nature that September and October are supposed to be dry. As of Thursday afternoon, the Fort Knox weather station had measured 6.5 inches of rain during these two months. Later in the day a thunderstorm rumbled through Elizabethtown and more precipitation was on the way. The National Weather Service said the approach of a low pressure system from the southern plains would bring storms on Thursday. More are on tap when a cold front crosses central Kentucky today. The main threat is heavy rain and lightning. Gusty wind and hail also are possible. Thunderstorms are likely today and heavy rain is predicted for tonight. The next chance for showers will be Monday. Mike Crow, a NWS meteorologist, said he didn’t think the Hardin County area faces much of a flooding threat. This is a greater concern for south central Indiana and more northern Kentucky counties such as Jefferson. This area — which is under a flood watch — is expected to receive 2-4 inches, with heavier rainfall in spots. Louisville also has seen a soggy late summer and fall. In fact, it recorded its 10th wettest September last month, Crow said. The 5.7-inch total is 2.65 above average. September historically is the second driest month behind October. In Radcliff, more than four inches fell the night of Sept. 20. Buildings flooded and authorities shut down U.S. 31W because of high water.  John Friedlein can be reached at (270) 505-1746.