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Mouseover to pause!......Kentucky Short-term forecast... Western KY ...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING... .TODAY...PARTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTH WINDS 5 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 104. Central KY .TODAY...MOSTLY SUNNY IN THE MORNING...THEN PARTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTHWEST WINDS UP TO 5 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT. Eastern KY .TODAY...WARM. MOSTLY SUNNY. PATCHY VALLEY FOG EARLY. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 90S. 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: July 18, 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 0.94 inches, 0.06 
inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 78 degrees for the week, 1 degree above 
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 66 percent 
adequate and 29 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6 
percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 23 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 4.3 out of a possible seven.

After one of the wettest weeks in years, an active pattern carried over into this 
past period. Showers and storms developed about each day of the week, but coverage 
was not as widespread across the state. While Western Kentucky averaged over 1.5 
inches for the week, eastern portions of the state were around a half inch. 
According to data at the Ag Weather Center, Western Kentucky has averaged 8.44 inches 
of rainfall through July 17th, which is over 6 inches above normal. Any storms that 
did develop through the period were heavy rainfall producers as the state remained 
situated within a moist air mass. Temperatures were slightly above normal for a 
second straight week. Normal high temperatures for this time of year rise into the 
middle 80s to around 90, while lows drop into the middle 60s to around 70.

Primary activities this week included cutting hay, spraying herbicides, and making 
fungicide applications when weather conditions permitted. Scattered storms continued 
over the past week with most of the accumulation in the western portion of the state. 
Reports of flooding and standing water in low lying fields persisted, with some 
farmers replanting soybeans in wet spots. Crop damage and expectations remain varied 
throughout the state, with the potential for entire crop losses. Early planted crops 
seem to be fairing much better than later planted crops. Many tobacco fields have 
patches of scald, along with reports of black shank and overgrown weeds.
2012-13 Archive, Kentucky Climate Update.

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

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