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Mouseover to pause!......Kentucky Short-term forecast... Western KY ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING THROUGH .THIS AFTERNOON...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds around 10 mph. Central KY .THIS AFTERNOON...Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce damaging winds, large hail, tornadoes, and heavy rainfall. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 20 percent. Eastern KY .REST OF TODAY...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. Southeast winds up to 5 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon. ...The mission of the UK Agricultural Weather Program/Center is to provide educational resources through the development of agricultural weather products and services that minimize weather surprise to Kentucky residents relative to their agricultural needs... Detailed forecast information is available in your Precision Ag Weather forecast here... -=-=-=-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Long-range outlooks here.

Kentucky Agricultural Situation Report (AgSitRep):

Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., April 24, 2017 08-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and much above 
normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.10 inches, 
1.11 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 63 degrees for the week, 6 degrees 
above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 30 
percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 73 
percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.0 
out of a possible seven.

The state saw exceptionally wet conditions over the course of the period. When 
looking at average statewide rainfall, this was the wettest week of 2017. Kentucky 
averaged 2.10 inches, which was over an inch above normal. Some areas, especially 
Southeastern Kentucky, accumulated 3+ inches. The Commonwealth became situated within 
a very active pattern with multiple frontal boundaries and disturbances pushing 
through the area. At least some portion of the state recorded rain each day of the 
week. While most of the workweek feature isolated to scattered precipitation, more 
widespread coverage arrived late Friday and into the first half of the weekend. This 
led to some minor river flooding across Eastern Kentucky. While Saturday and Sunday 
featured highs in the 50s, the rest of the period remained fairly warm, leading to a 
5th straight week of above normal temperatures. On average, the state typically runs 
in the upper 60s to middle 70s for the last couple weeks of April.

Primary activities for the week included the continuation of corn planting and 
seeding of tobacco transplants. Corn producers are showing planting restraint to 
avoid soil compaction due to excess precipitation. Forty two percent of tobacco 
transplants were under 2 inches, with 45 percent 2-4 inches, and 13 percent over 4 
inches. Soybean planting has just begun and has been restricted by the weather just 
as corn has. Wet conditions throughout the state kept farmers out of the fields most 
of the week.

The average height of winter wheat was 24 inches, compared to 21 inches last week. 
Wheat growers are in need favorable weather conditions to spray fungicides, 
particularly for scab and stripe rust. Average height of Alfalfa hay was 10 inches, 
compared to 8 inches last week. Apple freeze damage was reported as 2 percent severe, 
9 percent moderate, 35 percent light, and 54 percent with no damage. Peach freeze 
damage was reported as 10 percent severe, 22 percent moderate, 27 percent light, and 
41 percent with no damage.
2012-13 Archive, Kentucky Climate Update.

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Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky