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Mouseover to pause!......Kentucky Short-term forecast... Western KY .TODAY...Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds around 5 mph. Central KY .TODAY...Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then mostly cloudy with numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent. Eastern KY .TODAY...Warm. Partly sunny. Patchy valley fog early. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then numerous showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Light winds. Chance of rain 60 percent. ...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., May 21, 2018 12-18

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced well above normal temperatures and above 
normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.23 inches, 
0.09 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 74 degrees for the week, 9 degrees 
above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 83 
percent adequate and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 
88 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.0 
out of a possible seven.

A summerlike pattern continued for a second straight week, but unlike the previous 
period, Kentucky saw daily rounds of showers and storms. Each day was a near replay 
of the previous as scattered showers and storms fired each afternoon and evening, 
before diminishing overnight. While coverage was not widespread, much of Kentucky 
still managed to pick up more than inch for the week. This was mostly due to the 
very moist and unstable atmosphere in place, which led to torrential rainfall at 
times and in turn, localized flooding. Temperatures remained very warm for this time 
of year, peaking early in the week. Kentucky saw record heat on Monday as highs 
pushed into the upper 80s to low 90s statewide.

Primary activities this week included planting corn and soybeans, setting tobacco, 
and spraying fields. Periodic afternoon rainfall postponed fieldwork at times. 
Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 2 percent short, 91 percent adequate, 
and 7 percent surplus.

Hay cutting continued this week for areas that experienced good drying conditions, 
although producers are noting lower yields. Scattered thunderstorms delayed some 
farmers from fieldwork, mostly in far eastern and western counties where 
precipitation totals were higher. There are concerns of forages becoming over mature
and leading to lower quality, due to rainfall delays in cutting. Spring breeding of 
cattle is underway.

2012-13 Archive, Kentucky Climate Update.

This week in Kentucky's growing season

30-Day Percent of Normal Rainfall Map:(Updated daily - Based on PM Obs.)

Summary of Kentucky Mesonet & NWS Weather Stations for various time periods for entire state:(Updated daily - Based on PM Obs.)

Climate Summaries By Climate Disision: West, Central, Bluegrass, East, All

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