‘Someone must have broken the faucet’
The region has experienced a prolonged period of wet weather for more than two years.
The National Weather Service office in Paducah reported on its website that the wet pattern began in January 2018 and is likely to continue during February 2020.
“Someone must have broken the faucet, as our region has continued to get drenched on a constant repeat cycle over the past two years,” the weather service observed.
February is likely to become month number 22 out of the past 26 with above normal precipitation in Paducah.
“We have high confidence that February will finish with above normal precipitation,” the weather service reported on Feb. 6.
As of Feb. 6, only 0.70 of an inch of precipitation was needed for the month to have above normal precipitation.
Since January 2018, above average monthly precipitation departures in Paducah have ranged from a low of 0.03 of an inch in March 2018 to a high of 6.51 inches in February 2019.
Below average monthly precipitation departures ranged from a low 0.23 of an inch in August 2018 to a high of 3.43 inches in September 2019.
In Union County, total precipitation has exceeded 60 inches for the past two years.
Records kept by local weather observer Dana Cross in Jonesboro showed a total of 68.19 inches of precipitation in 2019.
For 2018, Cross recorded a total of 63.61 inches of precipitation.
Average yearly precipitation for the Union County area had been in the range of about 40 to 45 inches.
June was the wettest month in 2019 in Union County, with a total of 9.36 inches of rain.
September was the driest month in 2019, with .80 of an inch of rain.
February was the wettest month in 2018, with a total of 10.98 inches of precipitation.
July was the driest month in 2018, with .93 of an inch of rain.