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Mouseover to pause!......Kentucky Short-term forecast... Western KY .TODAY...PARTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTH WINDS 5 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 102. Central KY .THIS AFTERNOON...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS NEAR 90. NORTHEAST WINDS UP TO 5 MPH. Eastern KY .THIS AFTERNOON...WARM...SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 80S. LIGHT WINDS. ...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: June 20, 2016
(USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather)

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal 
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.63 inches, 0.37 
inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above 
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 18 percent short, 72 percent 
adequate and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 13 
percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 5.8 out of a possible seven.

The Commonwealth remained in a warm and muggy pattern this past period, accounting 
for a fourth straight week of near to above normal temperatures. Temperatures were 
even a bit warmer than the previous week with highs averaging in the middle 80s to 
around 90 from east to west. The warmest temperatures were seen on Thursday as the 
majority of Kentucky rose into the low to middle 90s. Paducah and Fort Campbell saw 
the first 100 degree readings of the season. The warm temperatures combined with 
very humid conditions pushed the livestock heat stress index into the emergency 
category across Western and West-Central Kentucky. For the week, the state averaged 
just over a half inch of rainfall, below normal for a second straight week. Most of 
the activity was seen Tuesday through Thursday with scattered to numerous coverage in 
place. As the state was placed in a very moist and unstable air mass, storms were 
capable of producing torrential rainfall and frequent lightning. Otherwise, high 
pressure at the surface and aloft kept the area dry Friday and through the weekend.

Primary activities this week included planting soybeans and tobacco. Winter wheat 
harvest for grain made good progress last week. Planting of double crop beans is 
underway. Herbicides were being applied and fields continued to be side dressed. The 
average height of emerged corn was 37 inches, compared to 34 inches last year. The 
average height of tobacco in the field was 9 inches, compared to 11 inches last year. 
Some areas have become abnormally dry with soils drying rapidly and showers would be 
welcomed. Farmers once again took advantage of dry weather to cut and bale a
significant amount of hay. Heat is putting stress on cattle, but overall condition 
is good.
2012-13 Archive, Kentucky Climate Update.

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