As the month of June comes to a close, it's hard not to reflect on this time last year and how much different the weather has been so far this summer.
According to the Christian County Mesonet site, 8.89 inches of rain has fallen this month at the site on Latham-Mount Zoar Road just north of Hopkinsville. That is in stark contrast to last year, when only 54 hundredths of an inch fell the entire month of June.
Numerous field fires kept volunteer fire departments busy last June and July and water restrictions were put in place in several communities in western Kentucky and middle Tennessee—including Clarksville, but not Hopkinsville.
Last year's drought was classified as severe and the growing season was greatly impacted by the lack of rain. Independence Day fireworks displays were called off last year due to the drought in Hopkinsville and Elkton, but that certainly won't be the case this week.
This year, rainfall has been above normal for most of the year and there were four days this month when it rained over an inch.
Temperatures are also much different this summer. The mercury climbed over 100 degrees the last three days of June in 2012 and made it to at least 90 in 11 of the last 12 days of the month.
This June, we've only made it to 90 twice and the high temperature was 90 those days. More of a contrast, the high temperature on June 29 last year was 107 and it was 83 yesterday.