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REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
320 PM EDT SUN JUL 5 2015

A LARGE AREA OF RAIN SPUN THROUGH EASTERN KENTUCKY TODAY AS A
DISTURBANCE MOVED ACROSS THE REGION. RAINFALL AMOUNTS MOSTLY
VARIED FROM A TENTH OF AN INCH TO WELL OVER AN INCH IN SOME
ISOLATED AREAS OF ROCKCASTLE...LAUREL...WHITLEY AND MCCREARY
COUNTIES. BY MID AFTERNOON...WIDELY SCATTERED TO SCATTERED
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHWARD THROUGH THE
COAL FIELDS...WITH THE STRONGEST STORMS CONCENTRATED IN KNOTT AND
LETCHER COUNTIES.

THE MERCURY DID NOT MOVE ALL THAT MUCH TODAY DUE TO LACK OF SUN
AND THE DAMP CONDITIONS. 7 AM TEMPERATURES WERE IN THE MIDDLE AND
UPPER 60S...WHICH COMPARES TO NORMAL LOWS IN THE MIDDLE 60S FOR
THIS TIME OF YEAR. BY MID AFTERNOON...READINGS WERE RANGING FROM
THE UPPER 60S THROUGH THE MIDDLE 70S. TYPICAL HIGHS FOR THIS TIME
OF YEAR ARE IN THE MIDDLE 80S.

THE CURRENT STORMY PATTERN WILL CONTINUE INTO THE NEXT WORK
WEEK...WITH AT LEAST A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS EACH
DAY. TYPICALLY...THE PEAK TIME IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY OF THE
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL OCCUR DURING THE AFTERNOON AND
EVENING HOURS. LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL IS THE MAIN CONCERN OVER THE
NEXT SEVERAL DAYS AS A SERIES OF DISTURBANCES ROLL THROUGH THE
COMMONWEALTH. HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL MOSTLY BE IN THE LOWER AND
MIDDLE 80S MONDAY AND TUESDAY...WITH DAILY LOWS BOTTOMING OUT IN
THE 60S.

ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY...IN 1939...TORRENTIAL RAINS THAT
BEGAN ON THE EVENING OF THE 4TH AND CONTINUED THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT
HOURS OF THE 5TH...DROPPED UP TO NINE INCHES OF RAIN ON 21 COUNTIES
IN THE MOUNTAINOUS REGION OF KENTUCKY. HARDEST HIT WAS FROZEN CREEK
IN BREATHITT COUNTY. AROUND 3 AM ON THE 5TH...AN ENORMOUS WALL OF
WATER...UNOFFICIALLY ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 22 FEET IN
HEIGHT...RUSHED DOWN THE VALLEY. THIS WALL OF WATER CAUGHT MANY
RESIDENTS UNAWARE AND SWEPT AWAY EVERYTHING IN ITS
PATH...INCLUDING HOMES. SEVENTY NINE PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES THAT
NIGHT...52 FROM FROZEN CREEK IN BREATHITT COUNTY...25 FROM ROWAN
COUNTY AND 2 FROM LEWIS COUNTY.

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CARICO


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