Bell County, KY Weather And Climate Synopsis

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Updated Tuesday, December 1, 2020

...Clearing From West To East With Icy Temperatures Today & Tonight...

Lingering light snow will come to an end this morning in the east but it will remain brisk and chilly under mostly cloudy skies. Clouds should clear from west to east later today with mostly sunny skies through Wednesday. Clouds and rain chances return Thursday and Friday.

With wet roads and below freezing temperatures, be mindful of black ice and icy areas around the farmstead.

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Regional Hourly Observations For BELL County, Kentucky
Issued at 400 PM EST TUE DEC 01 2020
JACKSON        CLOUDY    30  23  75 MISG      30.03R                  
LONDON         CLOUDY    30  25  81 W9        30.08R WCI  22          
SOMERSET*      CLOUDY    30  19  64 W8        30.12R WCI  23          
MONTICELLO*    CLOUDY    32  26  78 W14       30.13R WCI  22          
WILLIAMSBURG*  CLOUDY    28  27  93 W3        30.10R                  
MIDDLESBORO*   CLOUDY    30  22  71 W9        30.11R WCI  22          
HARLAN APT*    CLOUDY    28  24  87 W9        30.06R WCI  19          
PIKE CO APT*   FLURRIES  29  24  81 SW7       30.01R WCI  22          
BIG SANDY APT* CLOUDY    31  24  76 W13G21    30.02R WCI  21          
ASHLAND*       MIX PCPN  31  28  89 W9        30.02R WCI  23          

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Current Agriculture, Lawn & Garden Weather Conditions in Kentucky
Based on observations at 400pm EST, Tuesday December 01, 2020

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 41 degrees west, near 30 degrees central, and near 30 degrees east. Current sky conditions are sunny west, cloudy central, and cloudy east. In the west, relative humidity is near 43%, and the dew point is near 20 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 69%, and the dew point is near 21 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 75%, and the dew point is near 23 degrees. Current drying conditions are good west, fair central, and fair east. Tobacco stripping conditions are unfavorable west, marginal central, and marginal east. Winds are from the southwest at 8 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the west at 14 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. The wind chill is near 19 degrees central. Winds are unavailable east. The livestock cold stress index is in the no stress category west, no stress category central, and no stress category east. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 41 degrees at Paducah. The lowest temperature is 30 degrees at Somerset, London, Lexington, and Jackson.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook For BELL County, Kentucky
338 PM EST Tue Dec 1 2020

 DAY ONE  Tonight.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Wednesday through Monday.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.


Spotter activation is not anticipated.

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7-Day Forecast For BELL County, KY
351 PM EST Tue Dec 1 2020

Cold. Mostly clear. Flurries possible in the evening. Lows in the upper teens. Light winds.

Sunny. Highs in the lower 40s. Light winds.

Cold. Mostly clear. Lows 18 to 23. Light winds.

Mostly sunny. Highs 48 to 53. Light winds.

Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the lower 30s. Light winds.

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain showers. Highs 45 to 50.

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain or snow showers. Lows in the mid 30s.

Partly sunny with a 50 percent chance of rain or snow showers. Highs 45 to 50.

Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow or rain showers. Lows in the upper 20s.

Mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of rain or snow showers. Highs 42 to 47.

Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain or snow showers. Lows in the upper 20s.

Mostly sunny. Highs 38 to 43.

Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s.

Sunny. Highs 42 to 47.

Day 1 Precip, Day 2, 5 Day Total, Days 1-5, ALL

Medium & Long Range Outlook For BELL County, Kentucky
                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                    DEC 7-11     DEC 9-15    NOV       NOV-JAN                      
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   Temperature:     Normal        Above      Above      Above                      
 Precipitation:      Below        Below      Below     Normal                      

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Drought Status For BELL County, Kentucky
(Based on the latest Palmer Drought Severity and Crop Moisture Indices)

Hydrological Drought (PDSI) Situation:

Current Long-term Hydrological Moisture Status: NEAR NORMAL           (PDSI=   1.15)
Rainfall Needed:  0.00 inches ABOVE NORMAL

Crop Moisture (CMI) Situation:

Current Short-term Crop Moisture Status: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs          (CMI=   0.66)
Change From Previous Week: WETTER     SOILS (  0.47)

Note: Due to rainfall variability within each climate division, check Precip Reports/GIS Estimates and the Kentucky Climate Summary for the latest moisture information for this county.

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Kentucky Climate Summary
Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period 11-24-2020 to 11-30-2020

Temperatures for the period averaged 46 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 53 in the West to 56 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 38 degrees in the West to 37 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 67 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL and the extreme low was 22 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.11 inches statewide which was 0.04 inches above normal and 104% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.14 inches, Central 1.06 inches, Bluegrass 1.45 inches and East 0.79 inches, which was -0.11, -0.07, 0.55 and -0.21 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.34 inches at WHITESBURG 2NW to a high of 2.27 inches at CINCINNATI.

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Almanac Information
Tuesday December 01, 2020 the 336th Day of Year

Declination -22.010000
Distance 0.999724 AU
Rise 07:37 EST Set 17:19 EST
Transit Meridian 12:27 EST
Civil Twilight Begins 07:09 EST Ends 17:47 EST

Normal Max/Min Temperature for Today: 51 / 30

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 coldest December of record in the northeastern U.S. commenced.
Temperatures in New York City averaged 22 degrees, with just four days
above freezing, and at Burlington VT the temperature never did get above
freezing. The Erie Canal was closed the first day of December, and remained
closed the entire month. (David Ludlum)
The temperature at Kipp MT rose 30 degrees in just seven minutes, and 80
degrees in a matter of a few hours. A thirty-inch snow cover was melted in
half a day. (The Weather Channel)
A six day front range snowstorm began. It produced a record total of 46
inches at Denver CO. (David Ludlum)
A storm produced more than six inches of snow from the Northern and Central
Plains to parts of Michigan, with 36.4 inches reported at Marquette MI.
Many roads were blocked by snow. A family was stranded for 25 hours south
of Colome SD. Drifts twelve feet high were reported in north central
Nebraska. (The Weather Channel)
A powerful storm hit the northwestern U.S. Winds gusted to 80 mph at Cape
Disappointment WA, and reached 94 mph at Cape Blanco OR. Thunderstorms in
western Washington State produced wind gusts to 60 mph, and dime size hail
at Hoquiam. Stevens Pass, in the Cascade Mountains of Washington, received
seven inches of snow during the morning hours. (The National Weather
Summary) (Storm Data)
Squalls in the Great Lakes Region produced up to a foot of snow in
Ashtabula County OH, up to ten inches in Erie County PA, and up to a foot
of snow in western New York State. (Storm Data) (The National Weather
Heavy snow blanketed the mountains of New Mexico, with 12 inches reported
at the Angel Fire Ski Basin. Strong northerly winds ushering cold air into
the north central U.S. gusted to 55 mph at Devils Lake ND. Low pressure
over the Gulf of Alaska produced wind gusts to 69 mph at Kodiak Island.
(Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)
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