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Mouseover to pause!......Kentucky Short-term forecast... Western KY .TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTHWEST WINDS 5 MPH LATE IN THE EVENING BECOMING CALM AFTER MIDNIGHT. Central KY .TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE EVENING. LOWS IN THE MID 40S. NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. Eastern KY .REST OF TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS. PATCHY FOG DEVELOPING LATE. LOWS IN THE LOWER 40S. 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 2, 2016
(USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather)

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over 
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.62 inches, 1.55 inches above 
normal. Temperatures averaged 67 degrees for the week, 8 degrees above normal. 
Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 73 percent adequate 
and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent 
short, 77 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork 
averaged 3.8 out of a possible seven.

Exceptionally wet conditions soaked the Bluegrass State this past week as an average 
over 2.5 inches fell across the Commonwealth. This was over 1.5 inches above normal 
and broke a three week streak of below normal precipitation. High rainfall totals 
were the case for nearly the entirety of Kentucky as multiple rounds of showers and 
storms rolled through the Lower Ohio Valley. On numerous occasions, storms became 
strong to severe with damaging winds and hail as the main threats. Overall, this 
past week was the wettest period of 2016. While the wet pattern was the highlight of 
the period, unseasonably mild temperatures stuck around for yet another week. In 
fact, seven of the past eight weeks have seen above normal temperatures. Temperatures
were highest on Monday and Tuesday as highs jumped into the low to middle 80s.

Primary activities this week included planting corn and soybeans. Weather conditions 
did slow planting progress, with significant rainfall reported in several areas. 
Wheat is still rated in mostly good condition. The average height of winter wheat was 
24 inches, compared to 21 inches last week.

Much needed rain did help to improve pasture and hay growth. Alfalfa hay average 
height was 15 inches, compared to 12 inches last week. Hay and roughage supplies were 
reported as 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 8 
percent surplus. Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 2 percent short, 93 
percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Twenty-eight percent of tobacco transplants 
were under 2 inches, with 44 percent between 2-4 inches, and 28 percent over 4 inches. 
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