January began with seasonable temperatures and just a trace of snow. It was quiet until the 10th when a front stalled over the Ohio River and it started to rain and rain. Temperatures jumped to near 70 degrees on the 12th and on January 13, the heaviest rain fell with a record 2.72" in Louisville.
When the front finally pushed south on the evening of the 13th temperatures fell into the 30s changing the rain to a light wintery mix. The weather went quiet again until the morning of the 25th. Freezing rain fell coating the southern half of Kentucky in three tenths of an inch of ice. Farther north in Louisville and southern IN a mix of light sleet, snow and freezing drizzle fell making driving a nightmare.
Mother Nature was not done with us yet, five days later a powerful squall line tore Kentuckiana between midnight and dawn on the 30th. Wide spread wind damage and seven tornadoes were spawned by this spring-like system!
January 30th Tornado Summary
EF-1 tornado in Orange County at 1:47am EST
EF-0 tornado in Meade County at 4:05am EST
EF-0 tornado in Harrison County, IN and Jefferson County, KY at 4:17am EST
EF-2 tornado in Warren County at 3:38am CST
EF-1 tornado in Edmonson County at 3:42am CST
EF-1 tornado in Barren County at 3:49am CST
EF-0 tornado in Marion County at 5:42am EST
EF-0 tornado damage in Marion Co. that resulted in tow injuries. Picture Courtesy of NWS Louisville
After the storms left we had another drastic swing in temperatures as winter returned. Temperatures fell from a record high of 71 degrees shortly after midnight on the 30th to the teens and 20s on the 31st. And on the last day of January 1.7" of snow fell from the sky on Louisville.
Let's hope February will be a quiet month!