Everyone knew the temperature would get hotter and hotter as summer began, but the story of this summer may end up being the ongoing drought.
The “Mesonet” weather recording device just north of Hopkinsville has only recorded 54 hundredths of an inch of rain this month and 34 hundredths of that came on June 11th.
In fact, only nine tenths of an inch of rain has fallen at the site since May 14th.
National Weather Service in Paducah forecaster Rachel Trevino says all of the Pennyrile Region is in at least a moderate drought.
It appears it will only get worse, as Ms. Trevino says there is no hope in sight for a soaking rain in any of the forecasts.
She says residents are urged to not do any outdoor burning, even when there isn’t a burn ban in effect. There have been numerous reports of fires getting out of control across the area in recent days and weeks because of dry conditions.