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From Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky cities such as Louisville and Paducah have set records for rainfall this year. Eastern and southern parts of the commonwealth haven’t received history-making precipitation, but have still recorded significant amounts.

John Jacobson, the chief meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, cautions against reading too much into the causes of above-average rainfall.

“Like in 2004 there was a lot of severe weather that year and I think there was a tropical storm that came nearby, in a front nearby that brought a lot of heavy precipitation, so there’s all kinds of different things that can result in a pattern of heavy rain, it’s not just any one thing all by itself,”
he said. “Lot of times we’re looking for soundbites, like this is El Nino or this is La Nina and answers like that, but usually it’s much more complicated than that because the atmosphere is getting reactions from all over the globe.”

Lexington is close to joining the record breakers. The city is about two inches shy of tying the mark set in 1935.