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Updated Friday Mid-Day, July 20, 2018

...Severe Weather Expected Today, Heat Advisory West...

According to the latest weather forecasts, an outbreak of severe weather is likely this afternoon and evening across Kentucky. The Storm Prediction Center has a large portion of our area in a "Moderate Risk" (level 4 out of 5 severe risk). Damaging winds, very large hail (> 2+ inches in some instances), and a few tornadoes are possible.

An unseasonably strong storm system will move into the lower Great Lakes through this evening, with a surface cold front trailing from this system also approaching our region by later this evening. The strong storm system will interact with a strongly unstable airmass to develop numerous strong to severe storms. Large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes are all possible along with excessive lightning and heavy rainfall. The most widespread period of storms will be from late this afternoon through late evening. The storms should be out of the area midnight. Scattered showers and storms are then possible mainly each afternoon and evening through the weekend, although aren't expected to be as strong as today.

In addition to the potential for severe weather, western sections of the state also have a Heat Advisory in effect. The heat will be the main threat for today with southern portions of the region exceeding triple digit heat index values. Livestock Heat Stress will rise into the Emergency Category in the west and Danger Category for the remainder of the state.

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Regional Hourly Observations For County, Kentucky
Issued at 1200 PM EDT FRI JUL 20 2018
PADUCAH        FAIR      85  74  69 SW10      29.88S HX  92           
HENDERSON      CLOUDY    84  77  79 S10G17    29.86F HX  94           
OWENSBORO      CLOUDY    84  76  76 S14       29.86F HX  93           
HOPKINSVILLE   FAIR      86  75  70 S10       29.91F HX  95           
BOWLING GREEN  CLOUDY    86  72  62 SW12G22   29.95R HX  92           
GLASGOW        CLOUDY    85  70  61 SW14      29.95S                  

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Current Agriculture, Lawn & Garden Weather Conditions in Kentucky
Based on observations at 1200pm EDT, Friday July 20, 2018

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 85 degrees west, near 78 degrees central, and near 75 degrees east. Current sky conditions are fair west, fair central, and cloudy east. In the west, relative humidity is near 69%, and the dew point is near 74 degrees. The heat index is near 92 degrees west. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 71%, and the dew point is near 68 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 78%, and the dew point is near 68 degrees. Current drying conditions are fair west, fair central, and fair east. The livestock heat stress category is danger west, no stress central, and no stress east. Winds are from the southwest at 10 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southeast at 9 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are variable at 5 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 86 degrees at Hopkinsville and Bowling Green. The lowest temperature is 71 degrees at Covington.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook For County, Kentucky
336 AM CDT Fri Jul 20 2018

 DAY ONE  Today and Tonight

The potential exists for a significant severe weather episode 
this afternoon and evening. Isolated to scattered supercells with
very large hail, damaging winds and even a few tornadoes are 
expected. With time into the evening, these storms could evolve 
into a line of thunderstorms, with a significant damaging wind 
threat. Individual storms will move fairly rapidly to the east 
southeast, while a line would likely dive very quickly to the
southeast or south.

A Heat Advisory is in effect this afternoon for portions of 
southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and west Kentucky. Please
refer to the Advisory for details.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Saturday through Thursday

Chances of mainly afternoon thunderstorms are forecast each day,
mainly over eastern portions of the region. Locally heavy 
rainfall and lightning will be the primary concerns.


Spotters throughout the area should be prepared for activation 
this afternoon and evening.

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7-Day Forecast For County, KY
1054 AM CDT Fri Jul 20 2018

Partly sunny. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may be severe. Near steady temperature in the upper 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

Partly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be severe in the evening. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

Partly sunny. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the upper 60s.

Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s.

Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.

Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s.

Partly cloudy. Lows around 70.

Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s.

Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 70.

Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 80s.

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Medium & Long Range Outlook For County, Kentucky
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                   JUL 25-29 JUL 27-AUG 2    JUL       JUL-SEP                      
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   Temperature:      Below        Below      Above      Above                      
 Precipitation:      Above        Above     Normal     Normal                      

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Kentucky Climate Summary
Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period 07-13-2018 to 07-19-2018

Temperatures for the period averaged 77 degrees across the state which was 0 degrees from normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 89 in the West to 87 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 0 degrees from normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the West to 67 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 98 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 55 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.59 inches statewide which was 0.41 inches below normal and 59% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.21 inches, Central 0.33 inches, Bluegrass 0.34 inches and East 0.50 inches, which was 0.24, -0.69, -0.63 and -0.53 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW to a high of 2.58 inches at FRANKLIN 4SW.

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Almanac Information
Friday July 20, 2018 the 201th Day of Year

Declination 20.470000
Distance 0.999716 AU
Rise 06:32 EDT Set 20:57 EDT
Transit Meridian 13:44 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 06:03 EDT Ends 21:26 EDT

Normal Max/Min Temperature for Today: 88 / 65

Calculations made for central point in Kentucky
Time in ET -- and will vary due to location and
elevation -- Priddy

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Weather History...

The temperature at Washington D.C. soared to an all-time record of 106
degrees. The next day Millsboro reached 110 degrees to set a record for the
state of Delaware. July 1930 was one of the hottest and driest summers in
the U.S., particularly in the Missouri Valley where severe drought
conditions developed. Toward the end of the month state records were set
for Kentucky with 114 degrees, and Mississippi with 115 degrees. (David
The temperature at Keokuk IA soared to 118 degrees to establish a state
record. (The Weather Channel)
Twenty-two inches of hail reportedly fell northeast of Dickinson ND. (The
Weather Channel)
The temperature at Charleston SC hit 104 degrees for the second day in a
row to tie their all-time record high. (The Weather Channel)
Thunderstorms produced severe weather across Minnesota, Wisconsin and
Michigan. Thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 87 mph at Mosinee WI, and
strong thunderstorm winds capsized twenty-six boats on Grand Traverse Bay
drowning two women. Thunderstorms produced nine inches of rain at Shakopee
MN, with 7.83 inches reported in six hours at Chaska MN. Thunderstorms in
north central Nebraska produced hail as large as golf balls in southwestern
Cherry County, which accumulated to a depth of 12 inches. (The National
Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
The temperature at Redding CA soared to an all-time record high of 118
degrees. Showers and thunderstorms produced much needed rains from New
England to southern Texas. Salem IN was deluged with 7.2 inches of rain
resulting in flash flooding. (The National Weather Summary)
Showers and thunderstorms in the Middle Atlantic Coast Region soaked
Wilmington DE with 2.28 inches of rain, pushing their total for the period
May through July past the previous record of 22.43 inches. Heavy rain over
that three month period virtually wiped out a 16.82 inch deficit which had
been building since drought conditions began in 1985. Thunderstorms in
central Indiana deluged Lebanon with 6.50 inches of rain in twelve hours,
and thunderstorms over Florida produced wind gusts to 84 mph at Flagler
Beach. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
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