Rowan County, KY Weather And Climate Synopsis

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Updated Thursday Evening, January 17, 2019

......Heavy Rain and Flooding Saturday...Sharply Colder Saturday Night with Winter Mix and then Snow...
.........Bitter Cold Sunday thru Monday Morning with BRRR Wind Chills....

Light showers will push off to the east this evening and overnight, leading to dry conditions for the end of the work week. Kentucky will see similar temperatures tomorrow with highs low to middle 40s.

A much stronger system will bring more substantial rain, heavy at times, Friday night into Saturday. Widespread rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches are expected and could lead to localized flooding on creeks, streams, and low-lying areas, along with rises on some rivers.

A changeover to snow is expected from the northwest Saturday afternoon and evening as much colder arctic air arrives behind a strong cold front. Gusty northwest winds will result in wind chill readings in the single digits by late Saturday night and Sunday morning. Some snow accumulation is possible Sunday.

Temperatures plummet 20 to 30 degrees Saturday night and bitter cold temperatures continue into Monday morning. Livestock Cold Stress will plunge into the Emergency Category during this period.Wind chills Sunday will only be from 5-15, and from 3 below to 5 above zero early Monday morning.

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Regional Hourly Observations For ROWAN County, Kentucky
Issued at 900 PM EST THU JAN 17 2019
LEXINGTON      CLOUDY    44  41  89 SW7       30.02S FOG              
COVINGTON      LGT RAIN  39  38  96 W8        29.99R VSB 3/4 WCI  33  
FRANKFORT      CLOUDY    44  43  96 W5        30.01S                  

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Current Agriculture, Lawn & Garden Weather Conditions in Kentucky
Based on observations at 900pm EST, Thursday January 17, 2019

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 46 degrees west, near 44 degrees central, and near 40 degrees east. Current sky conditions are cloudy west, cloudy central, and light rain east. In the west, relative humidity is near 82%, and the dew point is near 41 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 89%, and the dew point is near 41 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 97%, and the dew point is near 39 degrees. Current drying conditions are poor west, poor central, and poor east. Tobacco stripping conditions are favorable west, favorable central, and favorable east. There is patchy fog central and east. Winds are from the northwest at 5 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southwest at 7 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are variable at 3 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to light rain. 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 47 degrees at Bowling Green. The lowest temperature is 39 degrees at Covington.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook For ROWAN County, Kentucky
355 PM EST Thu Jan 17 2019

 DAY ONE  Tonight.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Friday through Wednesday.

Times of moderate to heavy showers could lead to excessive rains 
and localized flooding on Saturday and Saturday night. A sharp 
cold front then brings some light snow accumulations to the area 
Saturday night into Sunday. This will be followed by a quick burst
of very cold air with wind chills down into the single digits to 
near zero Sunday night and Monday morning.

Some light accumulations of snow will also be possible on 


Spotter activation may be needed this weekend for a period of
active weather.

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For ROWAN County, KY
800 PM EST Thu Jan 17 2019

Cloudy. Patchy fog until early morning. Rain likely until early morning. A slight chance of rain late. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds. Chance of rain 60 percent.

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

Cloudy. A 20 percent chance of rain near dawn. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.

Rain showers. Highs around 50. Light winds becoming southeast around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.

Rain showers in the evening, then snow showers likely and light freezing rain late. Light snow accumulations. Lows in the lower 20s. North winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.

Much cooler. Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 20s.

Cold. Partly cloudy. Lows 5 to 10 above.

Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 20s.

Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s.

Warmer. Partly sunny with a chance of rain and a slight chance of snow. Highs in the mid 40s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

Cloudy with rain or snow likely. Lows in the lower 30s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Cloudy with rain or snow likely. Highs in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Lows in the mid 20s.

Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow and a slight chance of rain. Highs in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.

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Medium & Long Range Outlook For ROWAN County, Kentucky
                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                   JAN 23-27 JAN 25-JAN 31    JAN       JAN-MAR                      
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   Temperature:      Below        Below      Below      Below                      
 Precipitation:      Above        Below      Below      Below                      

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

Hydrological Drought (PDSI) Situation:

Current Long-term Hydrological Moisture Status: EXTREME MOIST SPELL   (PDSI=   4.12)
Rainfall Needed:  0.00 inches ABOVE NORMAL

Crop Moisture (CMI) Situation:

Current Short-term Crop Moisture Status: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed        (CMI=   2.17)
Change From Previous Week: DRIER      SOILS ( -0.25)

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 01-10-2019 to 01-16-2019

Temperatures for the period averaged 32 degrees across the state which was 1 degrees cooler than normal and 14 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 39 in the West to 36 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 8 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 29 degrees in the West to 27 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 49 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W and the extreme low was 13 degrees at HINDMAN 5N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.61 inches statewide which was 0.25 inches below normal and 71% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.60 inches, Central 0.59 inches, Bluegrass 0.67 inches and East 0.60 inches, which was 0.3, 0.33, 0.07 and 0.29 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at WHITLEY CITY 3N to a high of 1.00 inches at CINCINNATI.

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Almanac Information
Thursday January 17, 2019 the 17th Day of Year

Declination -20.590000
Distance 0.999725 AU
Rise 07:52 EST Set 17:45 EST
Transit Meridian 12:48 EST
Civil Twilight Begins 07:25 EST Ends 18:13 EST

Normal Max/Min Temperature for Today: 41 / 22

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...

A luminous snowstorm occurred in Vermont and New Hampshire. Saint Elmo's
fire appeared as static discharges on roof peaks, fence posts, and the hats
and fingers of people. Thunderstorms prevailed over central New England.
(David Ludlum)
The mercury dipped to 17 degrees below zero at Millsboro DE to establish a
state record. (The Weather Channel)
A single storm unloaded 77.5 inches of snow at Summit MT to establish a
state record. (The Weather Channel)
Strong chinook winds caused severe wind damage in Boulder CO. Wind gusts to
118 mph was recorded on the roof of the Environmental Research Laboratories
(ERL), and a wind gust to 137 mph was measured atop the roof of the NCAR
building (in the southwest part of the city, 600 feet above ground level).
The high winds uprooted trees and damage roofs. (Storm Data)
A winter storm spread snow from the Southern Rockies into the Middle
Mississippi Valley and southwestern sections of the Great Lakes Region, and
freezing rain across Texas and oklahoma. Snowfall totals ranged up to 16
inches at Tulia TX, with 12 inches at Wellington KS. (National Weather
Summary) (Storm Data)
A Pacific storm battered the southern coast of California. Winds gusting to
65 mph uprooted trees in San Diego. Los Angeles reported an all-time record
low baromteric pressure reading of 29.25 inches. (National Weather Summary)
(Storm Data)
Strong chinook winds along the eastern slopes of the Rockies gusted to 90
mph near Rollinsville CO, and reached 94 mph near Big Timber MT. Heavy snow
blanketed parts of the Upper Mississippi Valley, with eight inches reported
in Douglas County WI. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
Twenty cities across the southeastern half of the country reported record
high temperatures for the date. Record highs included 61 degrees at
Williamstown PA and 85 degrees at Brownsville TX. Evening thunderstorms
produced large hail and damaging winds from eastern Texas to Mississippi.
(National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
Bowling Green received 1.37" of liquid equivalent precipitation on January 
17, setting a new record for the date.  The old record was 1.25" set in 
1990. (Louisville NWS)
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