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Mouseover to pause!......Kentucky Short-term forecast... Western KY .TODAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH IN THE MORNING. Central KY .THIS AFTERNOON...PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. Eastern KY .THIS AFTERNOON...WARM. MOSTLY SUNNY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. LIGHT WINDS. CHANCE OF RAIN 20 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):

Agricultural Situation Report: May 23, 2016
(USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather)

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal 
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.61 inches, 0.48 
inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 58 degrees for the week, 8 degrees below 
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 55 percent 
adequate and 43 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 3 
percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 1.8 out of a possible seven.

Unseasonably cool and wet conditions remained in place across Kentucky this past 
week. The Bluegrass State saw a couple more rounds of widespread rainfall with the 
most significant coming on Friday. Kentucky was situated within a very moist air 
mass for this event and resulted in much of Central Kentucky seeing moderate to heavy 
rainfall. Much of this region saw 1 to 2 inches. Overall, the state averaged 1.61 
inches for the week, which was nearly a half inch above normal. May is typically the 
wettest month of the year for Kentucky and May 2016 has been no different. Thus far, 
the state has averaged 4.87 inches for the month. While the wet pattern remained in 
place, Kentucky also saw some very cool temperatures for mid-May. A Frost Advisory 
was even issued for Monday morning as lows dropped into the 30s for many locations. 
Overall, Kentucky saw a third straight week of near to below normal temperatures.

Wet weather persisted this week, causing additional delays for planting activities 
and hay cutting. Where weather permitted, primary activities this week included 
limited planting and spraying, with a small amount of hay being harvested. Some 
producers intending to plant corn are changing to soybeans due to favorable prices 
and continued wet fields. Corn is yellowing due to saturated soils, denitrification, 
and leaching. The average height of emerged corn was 6 inches. Excessive rainfall has 
resulted in the deterioration of hay conditions as many fields are well past their 
ideal cutting date. Tobacco planting delays have left many plants in need of being 
transplanted as soon as possible.
2012-13 Archive, Kentucky Climate Update.

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