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Date: Monday Dec 15 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Much Below Normal Precipitation: A very dry pattern set up across the Bluegrass State this past week. The Commonwealth only averaged 0.02 inches, which was over an inch below normal. In fact, this was the highest below normal deviation the state had seen all year. The only focus for drizzle and light showers was over the first half of the work week as a weak cold front moved through the area. The rest of the period remained dry with clouds persisting. After a fairly cool work week with highs typically only rising into the upper 30s to low 40s, high pressure moved over Kentucky for the weekend. Despite clouds hanging around, the state saw a gradual warm-up with highs in the middle 40s to low 50s by Sunday. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 41 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 13 DEC 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 38.7 0.01 0.96 6.78 86.0 0.05 0.00 0.56 -0.56 0.22 0.05 P KY 2 CENTRAL 38.5 0.03 0.98 8.00 99.8 0.05 0.00 1.19 -1.19 1.63 2.29 P KY 3 BLUE GRASS 36.8 0.03 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.03 0.00 1.14 -1.15 1.99 1.35 P KY 4 EASTERN 36.5 0.05 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.03 0.02 0.98 -0.92 1.37 2.84 P ::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 8 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: Sunshine was a rare sight this past period. Much of the week was dominated by an unsettled, wet pattern with multiple rounds of precipitation. Over the course of the period, most locations picked up 1 to 2 inches. When there was no rain showers present, conditions remained damp with a persistent light drizzle sticking around. The most significant rainfall was over the latter half of the work week and into Saturday as low pressure pushed through the Bluegrass State. Conditions then improved over the latter half of the weekend with skies finally opening up. While it was a wet and damp week, temperature hovered near to above normal for much of the period. Overall, the state was 2 degrees above normal, which was the first time since mid- October. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 40 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 6 DEC 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 45.1 1.37 1.00 6.78 86.4 0.13 0.00 1.13 0.47 0.53 0.39 P KY 2 CENTRAL 46.2 1.92 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.16 1.76 2.38 1.14 2.08 2.70 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 45.2 2.23 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.15 1.75 2.29 1.57 2.24 1.69 F KY 4 EASTERN 47.4 1.69 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.18 1.51 1.90 1.00 1.77 3.29 F ::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 1 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: A winter-like pattern remained in place for the last week of November. A low pressure system moved through the Great Lakes on Monday and dragged a cold front through the area, bringing widespread showers to the region. Accompanying the boundary were strong winds with gusts over 40 mph at times. Low temperatures that night dropped into the 20s across much of the state. Attention then moved to a fast moving clipper system that tracked through Kentucky on Wednesday night. Most precipitation was oriented to the southern half of the state with a transition to snow through the overnight. Warm ground temperatures limited accumulations. Temperatures took a dip behind the system for the Thanksgiving holiday, only rising into the mid 30s to around 40. Lows that night dipped back into the low to mid 20s, leading the way to a 6th straight week of below normal temperatures. Saying that, high pressure shifted east over the weekend. Breezy southwest winds brought seasonably mild temperatures with the mercury topping out in the mid to upper 60s by Sunday. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 39 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 29 NOV 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 41.9 1.06 1.00 5.54 72.7 0.09 0.00 0.66 0.46 0.17 0.01 P KY 2 CENTRAL 41.8 0.89 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.09 0.80 1.24 0.29 1.57 2.39 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 41.5 0.73 1.00 7.67 96.4 0.10 0.00 0.72 0.09 0.79 1.17 F KY 4 EASTERN 41.8 0.29 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.09 0.20 0.90 -0.49 1.48 2.92 P ::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 24 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Much Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation: A winter-like weather pattern was the highlight of this past period. The work week started off with an early season winter storm as low pressure meandered along the Appalachian Mountains. Record cold air filtered into Kentucky on the backside of the system, transitioning any rain to snow as Monday morning progressed. Snowfall totals were most significant along the Ohio River, where most locations saw 3 to 5 inches. Accumulations then gradually decreased to the southeast. Attention then turned toward the northwest as the Commonwealth got another shot of Arctic air. Lows fell into the teens Monday and Tuesday night. Some locations even dipped into the single digits. Highs on Tuesday were only in the 20s, which was roughly 30 degrees below normal. Wind chills dipped into the single digits for an extended period of time, prompting the livestock cold stress index to fall into the emergency category. Temperatures were finally on the upward swing on Friday and eventually went above normal over the weekend. Widespread rain showers developed on Sunday and helped to end a 4 week span of below normal precipitation as the state averaged slightly more than an inch. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 38 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 22 NOV 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 32.7 0.34 1.00 4.57 61.9 0.00 0.00 0.20 0.17 -0.16 -0.27 P KY 2 CENTRAL 32.1 0.92 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.83 0.95 0.50 1.35 2.31 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 29.7 0.71 1.00 7.04 89.3 0.00 0.00 0.63 0.57 0.74 1.10 F KY 4 EASTERN 31.3 1.05 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 1.05 1.39 0.53 2.76 3.11 F :::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 17 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Much Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: Believe it or not, Arctic air this past week led to the highest below normal deviation in temperatures that the Commonwealth had seen all year. Over the course of the period, the average statewide temperature stood at 38 degrees, which is 11 degrees below normal. The frigid period started after a cold front moved through the area on Tuesday. Behind the boundary, Arctic high pressure proceeded to build into the area over the next few days. Highs only peaked in the 30s for most through Friday. Lows were coolest Friday night as high pressure moved overhead. Clear skies and a calm wind allowed for the mercury to plummet into the upper teens to low 20s. This is around 20 degrees below normal for this time of the year. Attention then turned toward a couple disturbances pushing through the Ohio Valley over the weekend. The first of the two on Saturday night only amounted to a dusting of snow for most. The second was just starting as the period ended with light snow being reported in Western Kentucky. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 37 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 15 NOV 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 38.5 0.10 1.00 4.23 58.1 0.05 0.00 0.03 -0.18 -0.43 -0.22 P KY 2 CENTRAL 38.6 0.11 1.00 7.91 99.0 0.05 0.00 0.45 -0.46 0.42 1.86 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 38.3 0.09 1.00 6.33 81.4 0.05 0.00 0.06 -0.26 0.00 0.85 P KY 4 EASTERN 39.0 0.08 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.06 0.02 0.86 -0.78 1.66 2.82 P ::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 10 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Fall transition was in full swing this past period with the Bluegrass State seeing the thermometer rise and dive on numerous occasions. The work week started off fairly mild for early November as surface high pressure was positioned east of the area. Southwesterly flow, breezy at times, pushed highs into the 60s on both Monday and Tuesday. Conditions then went on the decline for the next couple days as a cold front made slow progress across the area. Light to moderate rainfall was widespread in coverage with most locations picking up a half to one inch with the highest amounts across Eastern Kentucky. Surface high pressure moved back into the area for the end of the work week. Highs only topped out in the mid 40s to low 50s on Friday with lows dipping into the upper 20s to mid 30s. The Commonwealth did see the mercury climb once again over the weekend, but it was not enough to deny a third straight week of below normal temperatures. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 36 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 8 NOV 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 47.0 0.56 1.00 4.18 57.6 0.18 0.00 0.21 0.15 1.70 -0.06 P KY 2 CENTRAL 47.4 0.92 1.00 7.85 98.4 0.20 0.00 0.91 0.17 2.86 2.24 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 46.1 0.52 1.00 6.29 81.0 0.18 0.00 0.32 -0.06 1.72 1.08 F KY 4 EASTERN 45.0 0.98 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.15 0.83 1.64 0.10 3.37 3.01 F :::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 3 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: It seemed that the Commonwealth saw a glimpse of each season this past period, with the last resulting in the end of the growing season. A warm front pushed north of Kentucky on Monday, pushing temperatures well above normal for the end of October. Breezy southwesterly flow sent highs soaring into the low to middle 80s. Louisville rose to 85 degrees, breaking a record that had stood since 1940. Conditions then took a downhill turn as a cold front pushed through the area on Tuesday, spreading showers across the area. Rainfall totals were below a half inch for much of the state. The one exception came across Eastern Kentucky, where a narrow corridor saw between 1 to 2 inches. After a couple days of typical fall conditions, Kentuckians got a glimpse of winter on Friday and Saturday as another cold front pushed through the Ohio Valley. Behind the boundary, winds became gusty from the northwest, dropping temperatures to around freezing by Saturday morning. Some locations across the eastern half of the state saw some snow, but other than some of the higher elevations, accumulations were minor due to warm ground temperatures. High pressure of Canadian origin then built overhead Saturday night. Clear skies and a calm wind allowed for a killing freeze as the mercury dipped into the low to mid 20s area wide, effectively bringing an end to the growing season. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 35 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 1 NOV 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 55.2 0.50 0.81 3.99 53.4 0.36 0.00 0.06 -0.14 2.28 -0.23 P KY 2 CENTRAL 53.7 0.48 0.83 7.30 90.4 0.34 0.00 0.74 -0.39 3.68 1.64 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 51.9 0.58 1.00 5.95 77.3 0.31 0.00 0.38 -0.27 3.26 0.96 P KY 4 EASTERN 51.1 1.18 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.28 0.65 1.54 0.35 5.82 2.77 F ::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 27 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: After two straight weeks of much above normal rainfall, the Commonwealth finally got a chance to dry out this past period. The only mentionable precipitation came Monday and Tuesday as a couple weak disturbances passed through the region. Showers were light in nature with the majority of rainfall totals under a tenth of an inch. Starting Wednesday, the Bluegrass State was under the influence of high pressure for most of the remainder of the week. This kept conditions dry with focus turning to temperatures. The coolest readings came Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. Much of Western and Central Kentucky saw lows dip into the low to mid 30s. Cloud cover kept the mercury elevated in Eastern Kentucky. After a cool work week, temperatures became mild for the weekend. Highs rose into the 70s for most. A handful of locations in Western Kentucky reached the lower 80s, well above normal for this time of the year. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 34 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 25 OCT 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 54.3 0.01 0.67 3.99 51.7 0.34 0.00 0.20 -0.37 2.04 -0.31 P KY 2 CENTRAL 53.4 0.03 0.69 7.30 88.8 0.34 0.00 1.13 -1.04 3.21 1.61 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 52.1 0.06 0.74 5.94 74.2 0.32 0.00 0.65 -0.58 2.57 0.76 P KY 4 EASTERN 50.8 0.03 0.75 5.00 95.8 0.28 0.00 1.19 -1.05 4.41 2.34 P :::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 20 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: The showers kept on coming this past period as the state averaged over 2 inches for the second straight week. The wet pattern continued as a cold front made slow progression across the Commonwealth Monday and Tuesday. A squall line pushed through the area Monday evening, before diminishing in strength going into the overnight period and Tuesday. Showers were widespread across the area with most picking up between 1 to 3 inches. Scattered to numerous light showers then continued to fall Wednesday and Thursday as an upper level area of low pressure meandered across the region. This just added to an extremely wet first half of October. Over the past 2 weeks, the Commonwealth has averaged over 4 inches of rainfall. This is more than what the state normally sees over the entire month of October. Preliminary data at the Ag Weather Center suggest that the Commonwealth has already cracked the top 20 for the wettest October periods on record. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 33 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 18 OCT 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 60.7 2.25 1.00 3.99 55.4 0.52 0.00 0.57 0.80 1.71 -0.03 P KY 2 CENTRAL 60.3 2.75 1.00 7.30 92.3 0.53 0.00 2.17 1.40 2.78 2.24 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 60.2 1.78 1.00 5.94 77.1 0.53 0.00 1.23 0.50 2.17 1.10 F KY 4 EASTERN 59.8 1.60 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.52 0.88 2.24 0.18 4.06 2.60 F ::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 13 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: The second week of October brought one of the more active severe weather periods the Commonwealth has seen in quite some time. An unsettled pattern was setup to begin the work week with multiple upper level disturbances passing through the region. Each wave sparked scattered to numerous showers and storms across the Commonwealth. Supercell thunderstorms developed in some cases, leading to the development of multiple tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds. The most prominent system came Tuesday afternoon and evening with multiple reports of hail at the size of a golf ball and 9 confirmed tornadoes. Conditions temporarily dried out for Wednesday, before the wet pattern continued for much of the remainder of the week. Multiple disturbances overrode a frontal boundary hovering across the area, leading to several rounds of showers and storms. For the week as a whole, the eastern portion of the state came out the winners with over three inches on average. Nonetheless, the state as a whole averaged over 2 inches, which was nearly 1.5 inches above normal. This brought an end to a three week span of below average rainfall across the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.44 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 32 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 11 OCT 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 61.3 1.34 0.79 2.47 36.2 0.55 0.00 -0.23 0.67 -0.52 -1.50 P 3.44 KY 2 CENTRAL 58.9 2.01 1.00 5.08 67.6 0.50 0.00 0.77 1.10 0.09 0.57 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 55.6 2.00 1.00 4.69 63.2 0.42 0.00 0.73 1.04 0.40 0.62 F KY 4 EASTERN 55.5 3.10 1.00 4.80 96.6 0.41 0.00 2.06 2.07 2.13 2.14 F :::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 6 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: This past period started out on the warm and dry side as surface high pressure was in control. Daytime temperatures were slightly above normal for much of the period with highs in the low to mid 80s Monday through Wednesday. Winds shifted to the south on Thursday, ahead of an approaching cold front. This led to the warmest day of the week with highs typically in the mid to upper 80s. Western Kentucky saw some scattered showers and storms through the day, before coverage became widespread later Thursday night and into Friday. Rainfall totals were around a quarter to half inch for the majority of the state. This was the only significant rainfall event for the week across Kentucky and led to the third week in a row of below normal precipitation. Much cooler air rushed into the area behind the boundary with winds from the west gusting to around 30 mph at times. Highs on Saturday only rose into the 50s for most, before the coolest temperatures of the fall season were felt that night. Much of the Commonwealth fell into the low to mid 30s as skies became mostly clear, prompting a frost advisory across the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 5.54 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 1.12 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 31 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 4 OCT 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 67.9 0.65 0.00 2.47 27.5 0.78 0.00 -0.90 0.47 -1.33 -2.14 F 5.54 KY 2 CENTRAL 66.6 0.47 0.00 4.57 50.7 0.75 0.00 -0.33 0.03 -1.35 -0.33 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 65.3 0.34 0.00 4.11 45.7 0.72 0.00 -0.31 -0.19 -0.18 -0.68 P 1.12 KY 4 EASTERN 64.9 0.37 0.00 3.11 51.8 0.70 0.00 -0.01 -0.11 -0.86 0.36 P :::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 29 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: The start of the autumn season opened with dry and cool conditions in place. Surface high pressure of Canadian origin built into the Ohio Valley to start the work week. Highs on Monday only rose into the upper 60s to low 70s, but the more noticeable difference came later that night. Under clear skies, temperatures plummeted into the low to mid 40s for most of the state. Some low lying and sheltered locations were able to drop into the upper 30s, which was around 15 degrees below normal for this time of the year. A warming trend then ensued for much of the remainder of the week, eventually returning to near normal by the end. The Commonwealth remained under the influence of high pressure with mostly clear skies and a light northeast wind about each day. Other than a few isolated showers across the eastern half of Kentucky on Sunday, most of the region was left completely dry for the week. This was the second straight period of much below normal rainfall, but this is fairly common as the state heads into what is normally the driest time of the year. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 5.55 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 30 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 27 SEP 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 66.1 0.05 0.00 2.51 27.9 0.73 0.00 -1.37 -0.41 -1.51 -2.15 F 5.55 KY 2 CENTRAL 65.3 0.00 0.00 4.71 52.3 0.72 0.00 -0.36 -0.42 -0.92 -0.17 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 64.0 0.00 0.00 4.29 47.7 0.69 0.00 -0.12 -0.22 -0.01 -0.43 P KY 4 EASTERN 63.4 0.03 0.00 3.29 54.8 0.67 0.00 0.10 -0.24 0.32 0.62 P :::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 22 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Mostly dry and cool conditions took grasp of the Bluegrass State this past period. Surface high pressure was in control for much of the week with the exception of couple days on Monday and Sunday. Saying this, each day only featured light showers. The first event was primarily focused to the eastern half of the state with most locations picking up less than a quarter inch. The frontal passage on Sunday was a bit weaker as Western and Southeastern Kentucky each picked up less than a tenth of an inch on average. Looking at temperatures, much of the period featured highs only rising into the 60s and 70s. The only day when temperatures were near to above normal was on Saturday as southwesterly flow guided the mercury into the low to mid 80s. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.95 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 29 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 20 SEP 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 64.1 0.08 0.00 2.72 30.3 0.68 0.00 -0.96 -0.41 -0.92 -1.99 F 4.95 KY 2 CENTRAL 64.2 0.03 0.00 5.12 56.9 0.70 0.00 0.06 -0.33 -0.10 0.25 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 62.1 0.14 0.29 4.49 53.1 0.65 0.00 0.10 -0.38 0.16 0.03 P KY 4 EASTERN 63.1 0.08 0.21 3.54 62.6 0.68 0.00 0.34 -0.03 0.93 1.16 P ::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 16 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Fall-like conditions returned to the Ohio Valley this past period, but not before a mild, first half of the work week. Highs typically rose into the low to mid 80s each day with humid conditions remaining in place. The welcoming change came Wednesday night and into Thursday as a cold front pushed through Ohio Valley. This boundary sparked widespread showers across the region and while severe weather was absent, a moist air mass allowed for moderate to heavy rainfall at times. The most significant totals came across North-Central Kentucky and into the Bluegrass with many locations picking up between 1.5 to around 3 inches. Lexington, Louisville, and Frankfort all saw record daily rainfall with more than 2.5 inches at each location. Behind the front, overcast skies kept temperatures on the cool side Friday and Saturday as highs only rose into the mid to upper 60s for much of the state. Cloud cover then began to taper later Saturday as surface high pressure moved into the region. Clear skies Saturday night allowed for a very cool overnight period as the mercury dipped into the 40s across the Commonwealth. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.59 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 28 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 13 SEP 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 68.9 0.57 0.00 2.92 32.4 0.87 0.00 -0.55 0.09 0.01 -1.87 P 4.59 KY 2 CENTRAL 69.3 0.57 0.03 5.51 61.5 0.89 0.00 0.39 -0.06 2.59 0.61 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 68.5 1.68 0.80 4.49 58.8 0.88 0.00 0.48 0.64 1.54 0.28 P KY 4 EASTERN 69.2 0.83 0.81 3.54 72.4 0.90 0.00 0.37 -0.18 2.99 1.56 F :::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 8 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Depending on location, the first week of September kept portions of the Commonwealth wet or dry. Attention surrounded two cold fronts that pushed through the region, one on Tuesday and the other on Saturday. Each boundary sparked scattered to numerous, showers and storms across mainly the eastern half of the state. In doing so, while Eastern Kentucky saw above normal rainfall by nearly a half inch, the western half of the state was just the opposite, only averaging a third of an inch for the week. The dry conditions across Western Kentucky were compounded by above normal temperatures for a third straight week. The highest temperatures were recorded on Thursday and Friday as the mercury lifted into the upper 80s to low 90s for most. Saying this, the Bluegrass State finally got some relief on Sunday as cool and dry conditions moved in behind the cold front. This gave the Commonwealth a first look at fall with highs only rising into the mid 70s to low 80s and much less humid conditions. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.49 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 1.37 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 27 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 6 SEP 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 78.5 0.64 0.00 3.02 33.6 1.27 0.00 -0.64 -0.28 -0.01 -1.77 P 4.49 KY 2 CENTRAL 77.8 0.99 0.35 5.51 65.2 1.25 0.00 0.45 -0.42 2.95 0.67 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 76.9 0.72 0.00 4.49 49.9 1.21 0.00 -0.16 -0.20 0.42 -0.70 P 1.37 KY 4 EASTERN 76.0 1.50 0.88 3.54 73.7 1.19 0.00 0.55 0.11 2.66 1.46 F ::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 1 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Hot, humid, and wet conditions persisted across the Commonwealth for a second straight week. An upper level ridge of high pressure was situated over the area for the first half of the work week. This extended an already drawn-out heat wave from the previous period. Highs repeatedly pushed into the upper 80s to middle 90s each day. Accompanied by dewpoints in the 70s, the livestock heat stress index hovered in the danger to emergency category each afternoon and evening. Focus then turned toward a very active second half of the week. Isolated to scattered storms fired on a daily basis between Wednesday and Friday as a frontal boundary meandered across the state and combined with a moist and unstable air mass. The unsettled pattern then continued into the holiday weekend as the Ohio Valley was placed in a southwesterly flow pattern. Scattered to numerous showers and storms developed within this regime as deep gulf moisture pushed into the region. Over the course of the week, the state averaged 1.25 inches, which pushed Kentucky to a fourth straight week of above normal rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.12 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 1.03 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 26 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 30 AUG 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 81.0 1.00 0.00 3.25 36.1 1.45 0.00 -0.36 0.05 0.00 -1.62 P 4.12 KY 2 CENTRAL 79.4 0.95 0.61 5.51 68.0 1.34 0.00 0.87 -0.38 3.04 0.55 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 78.0 0.44 0.00 4.75 52.8 1.28 0.00 0.04 -0.35 0.02 -0.58 P 1.03 KY 4 EASTERN 75.7 0.77 0.57 3.54 68.5 1.20 0.00 0.44 -0.40 1.67 0.83 P :::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 25 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall: Intense heat and humid conditions made way back into the Commonwealth this past period. A upper level ridge of high pressure built into the region on Thursday and remained through the weekend, making way for the hottest and most humid conditions of the year. Each day saw highs get into the upper 80s to middle 90s, along with dewpoints rising into the 70s. The hot and humid conditions prompted a Heat Advisory to be issued for much of the western half of the state as the heat index topped 100 degrees over multiple days. Conditions pushed the livestock heat stress index into the danger to emergency category. Accompanying the heat wave was exceptionally high rainfall totals across much of the state. Scattered showers and storms fired on a near daily basis. The very moist and unstable air mass allowed for very efficient rainfall producers and excessive lightning at times. The state averaged nearly 2 inches across the period, which was over an inch above normal. Saying this, the Purchase was spared and dry conditions continue to deepen. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.31 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 25 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 23 AUG 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 80.5 1.48 0.03 3.41 38.2 1.45 0.00 -0.41 0.81 -0.86 -1.66 P 4.31 KY 2 CENTRAL 77.7 3.03 1.00 5.51 72.3 1.29 0.00 1.25 1.20 2.37 0.46 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 76.1 1.86 0.63 4.87 61.1 1.23 0.00 0.39 0.60 0.71 -0.21 P KY 4 EASTERN 74.9 2.23 1.00 3.54 75.6 1.19 0.00 0.84 0.80 1.89 0.83 P ::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 18 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: The wet and cool pattern continued for the Lower Ohio Valley this past period. Kentucky saw above normal precipitation for the fourth time over the past five weeks with a state average over an inch. Most of the rainfall came over the course of two days. The first event occurred on Monday as a cluster of showers and storms pushed east across the Commonwealth, followed by a trailing cold front. South-central portions of Kentucky came out the winners with much of the region picking up over an inch. The second came over the latter half of the weekend as low pressure slowly meandered across the Ohio Valley. As was the case with both events, Kentucky was situated within a very moist air mass, leading to torrential rainfall at times. Looking at areas suffering from drought stress, most regions saw beneficial rainfall, with the exception of the Purchase. Following the cold front earlier in the week, temperatures remained cool for much of the period. High temperatures typically only rose into the upper 70s to mid 80s, which pushed the state to a seventh straight week of below normal temperatures. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Improvement But Still Too Dry CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 5.34 inches, Central 2.10 inches, Bluegrass 2.46 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 24 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 16 AUG 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 74.0 0.77 0.00 3.41 37.9 1.15 0.00 -1.22 0.35 -1.98 -2.06 F 5.34 KY 2 CENTRAL 72.9 1.21 0.33 4.44 53.0 1.11 0.00 0.05 0.22 0.40 -0.92 P 2.10 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 71.5 0.96 0.00 4.87 54.1 1.07 0.00 -0.21 0.17 -0.47 -1.12 P 2.46 KY 4 EASTERN 70.6 0.95 0.50 3.00 58.4 1.04 0.00 0.04 0.13 0.26 -0.37 P :::::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 11 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: Showers and storms pushed into the Bluegrass State this past period and could not have come at a better time. Leading up to this past Thursday, Kentucky started the week on a dry note with surface high pressure situated across the region. Combined with a very dry previous period, the Commonwealth saw moderate drought expand to consume 19% of the state, mainly across the western half of Kentucky. By Thursday, the pattern shifted dramatically. A frontal boundary stalled in the vicinity of the Lower Ohio Valley and remained through the weekend. Most activity remained across Western Kentucky through the remainder of the work week, before shifting east over the weekend. Each day featured scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. Storms remained under severe limits, but some were efficient rainfall producers with torrential rainfall at times. One of the most significant cases was over Lexington Sunday morning, when over 2 inches was reported in 1 hour. Over the course of the period, the state was nearly a half inch above normal and temperatures were below normal for the 6th straight week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Improvement But Still Too Dry CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 5.62 inches, Central 3.04 inches, Bluegrass 2.84 inches and East 0.93 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 23 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 9 AUG 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 77.0 0.75 0.00 3.56 39.5 1.30 0.00 -1.57 0.26 -2.27 -2.07 F 5.62 KY 2 CENTRAL 74.9 1.44 0.23 4.44 51.8 1.21 0.00 -0.17 0.51 0.11 -1.15 P 3.04 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 72.2 0.43 0.00 4.93 54.7 1.11 0.00 -0.38 -0.30 0.06 -1.23 P 2.84 KY 4 EASTERN 71.6 0.88 0.59 3.00 59.9 1.10 0.00 -0.09 0.15 2.04 -0.52 P 0.93 :::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 4 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: The unusual pattern of cool temperatures and dry conditions continued through the end of July and early August. Normally one of the warmest times of the year, each day this week saw below normal temperatures, both during the day and at night. The coolest temperatures were felt early in the work week as Kentucky was under the influence of a Canadian air mass and northwesterly flow. Most locations only rose into the 70s Monday through Wednesday. Some locations even broke record lows on Monday night. A handful of stations dropped into the upper 40s, which is around 20 degrees below normal for this time of the year. The cool pattern led to the fifth straight week of near to below normal temperatures. Looking at rainfall, it was another dry week across the Commonwealth. The only significant activity was Saturday when showers and storms were isolated to scattered in coverage. The state as a whole averaged under a quarter inch for the week, but the majority came across the eastern half of the state. Western Kentucky was once again spared and resulted in Moderate Drought being introduced to a large section of West-Central Kentucky by the US Drought Monitor. This was the seventh straight week Western Kentucky has seen below normal precipitation. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 5.45 inches, Central 3.88 inches, Bluegrass 1.66 inches and East 0.92 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 22 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 2 AUG 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 72.8 0.02 0.00 3.79 42.2 1.13 0.00 -1.83 -0.45 -2.78 -2.03 F 5.45 KY 2 CENTRAL 71.0 0.52 0.00 4.44 49.4 1.07 0.00 -0.68 -0.20 -1.05 -1.44 P 3.88 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 69.2 1.10 0.16 5.23 59.9 1.01 0.00 -0.08 0.25 -0.42 -0.80 P 1.66 KY 4 EASTERN 68.7 1.09 0.81 3.00 63.4 0.99 0.00 -0.24 -0.02 1.23 -0.54 P 0.92 :::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 28 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: It was a very active week across the Commonwealth this past period with a mix of summer heat, severe weather, and cool conditions. Temperatures were warm to start the week with highs in the upper 80s to middle 90s on Monday and Tuesday. Dewpoints in the upper 60s to low 70s pushed the heat index toward the triple digits. Attention then turned toward a welcoming cold front on Wednesday. After an initial round of scattered showers and storms, cooler and much drier air moved into the Bluegrass State for the second half of the work week. Many locations saw temperatures well below normal, staying in the mid 70s to low 80s. After a warm day Saturday, the rest of the weekend was dominated by an unsettled pattern. A line of storms worked through much of the state late Saturday night, before scattered to numerous storms fired on Sunday. Both were accompanied by isolated reports of damaging winds and large hail. Portions of Lexington saw straight line winds around 95 mph, while one report from Leslie County measured hail at over 4 inches in diameter, nearly the size of a softball. Over the course of the period, much of the state saw significant rainfall in excess of an inch, but the same cannot be said for Western Kentucky where the dry trend continues with a quarter inch on average. This was the second straight week of above normal rainfall after an extended period of dry conditions. Average temperatures were also near to below normal for the fourth straight week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.83 inches, Central 3.30 inches, Bluegrass 2.41 inches and East 1.69 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 21 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 26 JUL 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 74.7 0.20 0.00 4.33 48.1 1.23 0.00 -1.38 -0.39 -2.27 -1.79 F 4.83 KY 2 CENTRAL 75.5 1.17 0.00 4.73 52.6 1.27 0.00 -0.48 0.27 -1.23 -1.20 P 3.30 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 73.7 0.86 0.07 5.23 58.9 1.21 0.00 -0.33 0.03 -1.36 -1.04 P 2.41 KY 4 EASTERN 73.6 0.93 0.71 3.00 61.9 1.22 0.00 -0.22 -0.09 -0.06 -0.78 P 1.69 ::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 21 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Much Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: The Commonwealth finally saw some significant rainfall this past week, along with a glimpse of early fall. A couple frontal boundaries started the work week off on a wet note. Scattered to numerous showers and storms formed along a weakening frontal boundary early Monday, before a stronger cold front moved through the area later that night. Surface high pressure of Canadian origin then pushed into the region for much of the remaining work week. Unseasonable temperatures with low dewpoints invaded the Ohio Valley with highs temperatures only in the 70s about each day. Highs in the upper 70s are normally not seen until late-September. Record lows were broken at many locations on Thursday morning, as temperatures plummeted into the low to mid 50s. Some locations even recorded the mercury dropping into the upper 40s. Showers then redeveloped on Friday, marking the start of extended period of unsettled conditions heading into the weekend. Rainfall was light in nature, but was present for an extended period of time, mostly across the eastern half of the state. Overall, the state was nearly a half inch above normal for the week, which broke a streak of 5 consecutive periods of below normal rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.14 inches, Central 3.27 inches, Bluegrass 2.03 inches and East 1.57 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 20 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 19 JUL 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 72.0 0.44 0.00 4.89 54.3 1.12 0.00 -0.99 -0.12 -1.97 -1.59 F 4.14 KY 2 CENTRAL 71.0 1.02 0.00 4.79 53.2 1.09 0.00 -0.75 0.40 -1.73 -1.24 P 3.27 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 70.0 1.49 0.42 5.23 62.8 1.07 0.00 -0.36 0.64 -1.57 -0.94 P 2.03 KY 4 EASTERN 69.4 2.63 1.00 3.00 66.7 1.05 0.00 -0.13 1.43 -0.71 -0.75 P 1.57 :::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 14 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Dry conditions continued to control the weather pattern this past week across the Commonwealth. The state averaged under a half inch for the week, which made for the fifth straight period of below normal rainfall. This led to an intensification of drought conditions with the US Drought Monitor now reporting 48% of the state as abnormally dry and a slight portion of Southeastern Kentucky in a Moderate Drought. As high pressure pushed east over the weekend, southerly flow brought scorching heat and humidity back to the region. Highs by Sunday were in the low to mid 90s for much of the Commonwealth along with the heat index around 100 degrees. Louisville even hit a high of 97. Scattered storms developed across the region during the afternoon and evening hours as instability was on the rise and a weak front pushed through the area. Significant rainfall totals of greater than a half inch were limited to locations across East-central Kentucky and north into the Bluegrass. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.99 inches, Central 3.50 inches, Bluegrass 3.60 inches and East 5.38 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 19 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 12 JUL 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 76.1 0.19 0.00 5.29 58.8 1.32 0.00 -0.87 -0.44 -2.57 -1.49 F 3.99 KY 2 CENTRAL 75.6 0.33 0.00 4.83 53.6 1.30 0.00 -1.15 -0.38 -2.76 -1.27 P 3.50 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 74.6 0.15 0.00 5.23 58.1 1.27 0.00 -1.00 -0.45 -2.99 -1.52 F 3.60 KY 4 EASTERN 74.3 0.43 0.00 2.42 40.3 1.27 0.00 -1.56 -0.35 -3.75 -2.37 F 5.38 ::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 7, 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The first week of July continued the drier and cooler than normal pattern of past weeks as another dry and cooler week occurred for the Bluegrass state. The week started mild and became below normal on temperatures for the latter half of the week. Those locations in the state with the driest conditions also suffered the least rainfall last week, especially east and south. This was the 4th week with mostly below normal rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.31 inches, Central 1.78 inches, Bluegrass 2.72 inches and East 4.70 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 18 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 5 JUL 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 74.6 0.68 0.00 6.05 67.2 1.26 0.00 -0.43 -0.13 -1.91 -1.26 F 3.31 KY 2 CENTRAL 74.4 0.57 0.00 5.41 60.2 1.26 0.00 -0.77 -0.20 -2.23 -0.72 P 1.78 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 73.5 0.47 0.00 5.97 66.3 1.23 0.00 -0.55 -0.23 -2.08 -1.18 F 2.72 KY 4 EASTERN 73.5 0.33 0.00 2.81 46.9 1.24 0.00 -1.21 -0.44 -3.10 -2.10 F 4.70 --- Date: Monday Jun 30 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Near Normal Rainfall: The closing week of June kept warm temperatures in place across the Commonwealth, along with some beneficial rainfall. Storm coverage was isolated to scattered just about each day of the period within a moist and unstable air mass. Overall, the state averaged just under an inch, which was slightly below normal. This ended up being the third straight period with below normal rainfall and in turn, dry conditions were becoming evident across the Lower Ohio Valley. The latest US Drought Monitor now has nearly 53% of the state as showing signs of being abnormally dry, along with a slight portion of Southeastern Kentucky in a moderate drought. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.32 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.07 inches and East 4.21 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 17 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 28 JUN 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 78.3 0.77 0.00 6.46 71.7 1.43 0.00 -0.30 -0.17 -0.85 -1.18 F 3.32 KY 2 CENTRAL 77.6 0.92 0.00 5.86 65.1 1.41 0.00 -0.57 -0.07 -2.52 -0.29 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 76.8 0.89 0.00 6.52 72.5 1.38 0.00 -0.32 -0.09 -2.03 -0.84 P 2.07 KY 4 EASTERN 76.0 0.66 0.00 3.32 55.3 1.36 0.00 -0.77 -0.27 -2.73 -1.79 F 4.21 :::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 23 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The summer season started in full force this past period with warm and humid conditions in place. The majority of the week was controlled by above normal temperatures with highs getting into the upper 80s to low 90s each day. A moist atmosphere with dewpoints in the upper 60s to low 70s helped push the heat index into the mid 90s to around 100 at times. This sent the livestock heat stress index into the danger category about each day during the afternoon and early evening hours. High pressure aloft kept the Commonwealth dry for the first half of the week. This feature then broke down Thursday and allowed for daily, isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms for the remainder of the period. The overall dry nature of the week sent the Bluegrass State to a second straight period of below normal rainfall and the fourth out of the past five weeks. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.10 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 1.45 inches and East 3.85 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 16 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 21 JUN 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 79.6 0.21 0.00 6.97 77.5 1.50 0.00 -0.13 -0.52 -1.51 -1.06 F 3.10 KY 2 CENTRAL 78.1 0.40 0.00 6.19 68.8 1.43 0.00 -0.50 -0.33 -3.04 0.03 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 76.8 0.61 0.00 6.90 76.6 1.38 0.00 -0.23 -0.17 -2.62 -0.57 P 1.45 KY 4 EASTERN 75.4 0.55 0.00 3.76 62.6 1.33 0.00 -0.50 -0.30 -2.85 -1.58 F 3.85 ::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 16 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: The second week of June was met with a return to cooler temperatures and dry conditions deepening across the state. The only significant rainfall event for the period came Tuesday and Wednesday as low pressure pushed from the Southern Plains to the Lower Great Lakes. Strong to severe storms fired along a line late Tuesday and into the overnight with wind damage as the primary threat. Precipitation varied across the state during this event with many seeing less than a half inch. The exception came along East-Central Kentucky and up into the Bluegrass with totals around an inch. The state was mostly dry for much of the remainder of the work week. The latest US Drought Monitor now has a quarter of the state as abnormally dry with even a slight portion of Southeastern Kentucky in the moderate drought category. Low pressure kept clouds in place, which limited daytime highs to the mid 70s to low 80s for much of the week. High pressure of Canadian origin moved into the area to start the weekend. Skies became clear and winds went calm Friday night, allowing for temperatures to drop into the upper 40s for quite a few locations. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 1.18 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 3.19 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 15 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 14 JUN 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 71.1 0.94 0.84 7.34 90.9 1.10 0.00 0.39 -0.45 -1.51 -0.53 P 1.18 KY 2 CENTRAL 69.9 0.95 0.00 6.99 77.7 1.06 0.00 -0.17 0.05 -2.77 0.77 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 68.7 0.89 0.00 7.54 83.8 1.03 0.00 -0.06 0.00 -1.92 -0.03 P KY 4 EASTERN 69.5 0.80 0.00 4.32 72.0 1.07 0.00 -0.20 -0.05 -2.43 -1.32 F 3.19 ::::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 9 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: A much more active pattern set up this past week across the Lower Ohio Valley. While data shows the state receiving above normal rainfall, this can be somewhat misleading. Most activity occurred across Western Kentucky, before diminishing farther east. The west averaged over 2.5 inches over the course of the period, while Central Kentucky saw less than a half inch. Much of the action came over the course of a couple storm systems. The first pushed through the area on Wednesday. Scattered, strong to severe storms fired across the entire state. These storms exhibited about every type of severe weather from damaging winds, hail, to tornados. Straight line winds with peak gusts of 95 mph were reported in Western Kentucky, along with a couple weak tornados. Some activity lingered into Thursday, before the Commonwealth became under the influence of high pressure to end the work week. Low pressure then passed north of the state late Saturday and into Sunday. Once again, the main activity was centered across Western Kentucky, before diminishing farther east. Rainfall has been below normal across Eastern Kentucky over each of the past 5 weeks. Portions of this area are now showing abnormally dry conditions. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 3.12 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 14 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 7 JUN 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 75.4 2.35 1.00 7.34 92.7 1.29 0.00 0.84 0.75 -0.86 -0.42 P KY 2 CENTRAL 73.5 0.49 0.00 7.08 78.6 1.21 0.00 -0.22 -0.66 -1.67 1.04 P KY 3 BLUE GRASS 71.7 0.65 0.00 7.66 85.1 1.14 0.00 -0.06 -0.31 -1.29 0.16 P KY 4 EASTERN 70.7 0.62 0.00 4.52 75.3 1.11 0.00 -0.15 -0.14 -2.45 -1.22 F 3.12 ::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 2 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Much Below Normal Precipitation: While the spring season will last another few weeks, weather conditions this past period gave the impression of an early summer. High temperatures over nearly the entire week stayed in the 80s with lows only dropping into the 60s. Some locations even stayed in the 70s at night. The mild temperatures guided the way to a state average of 5 degrees above normal. Looking at rainfall, Kentucky was dominated this past week by a very moist and unstable air mass, more typical of summer. Scattered showers and storms fired about every day during the afternoon and evening hours, before tapering overnight. Localized heavy rainfall was the main threat with the slow moving nature of any storms. The sporadic coverage of the storms amounted to a very dry week across the Commonwealth. The state averaged just over a third of an inch, which was the 4th driest week of 2014 thus far. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 2.75 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 2.02 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 13 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 31 MAY 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 75.3 0.33 0.00 7.28 80.9 1.27 0.00 0.09 -0.66 -2.21 -0.88 P 2.75 KY 2 CENTRAL 72.9 0.34 0.00 7.69 85.4 1.17 0.00 0.44 -0.58 -0.67 1.73 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 71.8 0.25 0.11 8.00 90.1 1.14 0.00 0.25 -0.50 -0.98 0.64 P KY 4 EASTERN 70.6 0.45 0.00 4.92 82.0 1.10 0.00 -0.01 -0.02 -2.36 -0.79 P 2.02 :::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 26 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: Mostly dry conditions moved back into the Commonwealth this past period. An upper level ridge built into the Ohio Valley to start out the work week with surface high pressure pushing east of the area. This kept skies mostly clear with a breezy southerly wind at times. Summer-like temperatures returned to the area with highs getting into the low to mid 80s Tuesday and Wednesday. Conditions then turned unsettled as a broken line of strong to severe storms pushed through the region later Wednesday and on into Thursday. There were numerous wind and hail reports, with one in particular estimating hail in excess of 1.5 inches in Campbellsville. This was really the only major rainfall event for the week as the state was on average 0.55 inches below normal for the period. High pressure then moved into the Ohio Valley for the holiday weekend. This kept conditions dry with temperatures remaining around normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 12 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 24 MAY 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 68.4 0.09 0.13 8.00 90.4 0.96 0.00 0.75 -0.74 0.28 -0.16 P KY 2 CENTRAL 65.7 0.34 0.48 8.00 94.2 0.86 0.00 1.02 -1.00 1.80 2.51 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 63.6 0.94 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.80 0.14 0.75 -0.46 1.93 1.40 P KY 4 EASTERN 62.7 0.58 0.55 5.00 92.5 0.77 0.00 0.01 -0.35 0.06 -0.13 P :::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 19 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation: All eyes this past period were focused on a return to cool temperatures and the threat of a late season spring frost. An upper level low then made headway into the Ohio Valley Wednesday and through the remainder of the week with several disturbances rotating around the system. The most prominent event came Wednesday with widespread showers accompanied by some severe weather. Flash flooding and hail around 1 inch were reported on several occasions. An EF2 tornado was even confirmed in Christian County with estimated peak winds of 125 mph. The bigger story was the unseasonably cool temperatures as highs Thursday through Saturday only peaked in the upper 50s to mid 60s. Lows were also well below normal with temperatures dipping into the upper 30s to mid 40s for much of the state Friday and Saturday night. Saying this, some low lying and sheltered locations across the Eastern half of Kentucky got into the mid 30s, bringing patchy frost back into the picture. This frost event occurred at a time when much of Kentucky had less than a 10% chance of seeing another 36 degree reading based on the past 30 years of data. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 11 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 17 MAY 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 64.1 0.84 0.81 8.00 97.9 0.78 0.00 0.63 -0.49 -0.34 0.02 P KY 2 CENTRAL 63.9 0.88 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.79 0.09 0.87 -0.68 0.91 2.58 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 63.4 1.01 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.79 0.22 0.78 -0.32 1.07 1.19 P KY 4 EASTERN 64.2 1.18 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.81 0.17 0.72 -0.13 0.69 0.62 P :::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 12 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Near Normal Precipitation: The Commonwealth got an early glimpse of summer this past period. The work week was dominated by dry conditions and temperatures in the low to mid 80s. The warm conditions helped push the Bluegrass State to a week where temperatures were on average 8 degrees above normal. This made it feel more like mid-June at times. Monday even saw the mercury jump into the upper 80s with the city of Louisville recording a temperature of 89 degrees at the airport. The good news was the moisture supply was limited and kept humid conditions out of the picture. It was not until Friday and into the weekend that the weather pattern became more active. Showers and storms fired on multiple occasions with the passage of a couple frontal boundaries and upper level disturbances. Some small hail was reported, with the state averaging just over an inch through the three day period. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 10 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 10 MAY 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 71.7 0.82 0.75 8.00 97.3 1.07 0.00 1.12 -1.12 0.05 0.23 P KY 2 CENTRAL 68.9 1.46 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.96 0.50 1.55 -0.54 0.84 2.90 P KY 3 BLUE GRASS 67.4 0.92 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.92 0.00 1.10 -1.10 0.56 1.25 P KY 4 EASTERN 66.8 0.70 0.80 5.00 96.7 0.90 0.00 0.85 -0.84 -0.22 0.58 P :::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 5 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Precipitation: Rain, rain, and more rain. An extremely wet pattern took control of the Commonwealth this past period and resulted in the wettest week of 2014. Looking farther back, this could even be seen as an understatement. The 2.62 inches that the state averaged was the most in nearly two and a half years, going all the way back to early December of 2011. Most of the rain fell over the mid-section of the work week as an upper level low slowly meandered to the northeast. Multiple upper level disturbances sparked numerous rounds of rainfall with some strong to severe activity mixed within. A weak tornado touched down in Fulton County, in addition to multiple reports of funnels clouds in south central Kentucky. After a very unsettled work week, the Commonwealth finally got a chance to dry out over the weekend with milder temperatures in place. Behind mostly sunny skies, highs got into the upper 70s to mid-80s for most of the area on Sunday. One exception was in Western Kentucky where Paducah recorded a high of 88. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 9 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 3 MAY 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 59.2 2.55 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.58 1.64 2.24 1.46 0.00 0.66 P KY 2 CENTRAL 59.5 2.63 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.61 2.00 2.09 1.53 -0.03 2.92 P KY 3 BLUE GRASS 59.2 2.81 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.62 2.19 2.20 1.89 0.04 1.53 P KY 4 EASTERN 59.8 2.32 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.63 1.57 1.69 1.53 -0.66 1.07 P :::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 28 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: The Commonwealth has now gone 3 straight weeks with seeing below normal precipitation. The state only saw a couple significant rounds of rainfall this previous period with the first coming Thursday night and into Friday. A cold front was dragged through the region with soaking rainfall in place. An upper level disturbance then pushed into Western Kentucky late Sunday, sparking scattered showers and storms across the region. The two events combined for a statewide average of 0.65 inches, which was nearly a half inch below normal. Temperature-wise, after a rather cool previous period, temperatures rebounded to above normal readings for much of the week. This kept a late-season frost out of the picture. Over the course of the period, high temperatures got into the mid 70s to low 80s on multiple occasions. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 8 OF THE 2014 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 26 APR 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 62.1 0.34 0.67 8.00 96.4 0.67 0.00 0.78 -0.77 -0.08 -0.23 P KY 2 CENTRAL 59.8 0.59 0.98 8.00 99.8 0.61 0.00 0.56 -0.56 -0.32 1.80 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 58.4 0.62 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.58 0.04 0.31 -0.46 -0.56 0.22 P KY 4 EASTERN 58.3 0.73 0.88 5.00 98.0 0.57 0.00 0.16 -0.19 -1.97 -0.08 P :::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 21 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: Winter and spring both made an appearance this past period with even a late season snow event in the mix. A frontal boundary passed across the Commonwealth to start off the work week, making for the only precipitation event for the period. Central portions of the state saw the most with a half to one inch falling in most areas. Breezy northwest flow picked up behind the front with some portions of the Bluegrass and Eastern Kentucky even seeing some snowfall on Tuesday. One inch was recorded at the National Weather Service in Jackson. According to the office, this resulted in the longest snow season on record with a total of 174 days. High pressure then moved overhead that night. Skies cleared and winds slackened, allowing for a widespread freeze across the state. Most got down into the mid to upper 20s, but some sheltered and low lying locations even dove into the low 20s. Kentucky then became under the influence of high pressure for the majority of the time through Sunday. Temperatures rebounded and surpassed seasonal norms over the weekend with most locations getting into the upper 70s to low 80s by Sunday. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 59 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 19 APR 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 55.4 1.25 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.44 0.81 1.55 0.08 0.83 0.35 P KY 2 CENTRAL 54.9 0.87 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.44 0.40 1.12 -0.26 0.41 2.26 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 55.2 0.62 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.47 0.08 0.77 -0.46 0.11 0.62 P KY 4 EASTERN 53.8 0.36 0.72 5.00 95.3 0.42 0.00 0.35 -0.50 -0.92 0.27 P :::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 14 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: The Commonwealth got the chance to dry out this past period as the state saw an average of just under a half inch of rainfall over the course of the week. This activity was spread out over three systems with the brunt coming Monday as surface low pressure pushed through the area. Much more focus was given to the return of warm temperatures. Surface high pressure transitioned to the southeast on Thursday with temperatures rising back into the 70s. After a weak front passed through the state on Friday, skies became mostly sunny for the weekend with some of the warmest temperatures of the year in place. Highs rose well into the 80s on Sunday behind a breezy southwesterly flow pattern. Some locations even got into the upper 80s. This had a great impact on soil temperatures across the Commonwealth with most locations reporting the upper 50s to mid-60s at a 4 inch depth by the end of the day. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 58 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 12 APR 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 55.9 0.56 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.45 0.11 1.47 -1.25 0.35 0.31 P KY 2 CENTRAL 55.6 0.43 0.97 8.00 99.7 0.46 0.00 1.38 -1.37 0.11 2.51 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 55.9 0.41 0.93 8.00 99.2 0.48 0.00 1.23 -1.22 -0.11 1.02 P KY 4 EASTERN 55.1 0.23 0.78 5.00 96.3 0.45 0.00 0.85 -0.83 -0.68 0.89 P ::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 7 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Precipitation: An extremely wet pattern setup across the Lower Ohio Valley this past week, bringing impressive rainfall totals across the area. Most of the activity was concentrated over the second half of the work week as a series of disturbances passed through the Commonwealth. The state averaged 2.19 inches over the course of week, which was over an inch above normal. This was although small in comparison to some areas of North Central and Western Kentucky that saw in excess of 4 to 6 inches. This would actually be more than the normal amount of precipitation seen over the entire month of April. Accompanying the wet conditions were mild temperatures for the work week. Highs got into the 70s numerous times, with some locations even getting into the low 80s. Canadian high pressure then pushed into the area for the weekend with cooler conditions in place. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 57 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 5 APR 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 56.1 2.61 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.44 2.17 2.72 1.62 0.22 0.72 P KY 2 CENTRAL 55.2 2.50 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.43 2.07 2.75 1.39 0.05 3.19 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 53.7 2.38 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.41 1.97 2.45 1.47 0.01 1.65 P KY 4 EASTERN 54.3 1.28 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.42 0.86 1.68 0.05 -0.47 1.70 P ::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday MAR 31 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation: Wet conditions moved back into the Bluegrass State this past period with even a couple late-season snow events in the mix. Activity started over the course of Monday night and into Tuesday as a couple upper level disturbances passed through the region. The second round was the most prominent with scattered snow showers in place as temperatures cooled throughout the day. The good news is that accumulations were confined to grassy surfaces and were short-lived, but increased winds made for poor visibilities at times. Temperatures that night then dropped well below normal with many awaking Wednesday morning to lows in the mid-teens to low 20s. The next system then crept into the area Thursday evening and into Friday. A cold front sparked an initial round of widespread rain showers across the area, before it eventually stalled over the state later Friday. A wave of low pressure then rode over this boundary that night and into Saturday, resulting in another widespread event. Some activity even lingered into the overnight Saturday across Eastern Kentucky where rain eventually transitioned to snow. Rainfall accumulations were in excess of an inch for most locations over the course of the 3 days. This led the way to the first week in over a month that above normal precipitation has been realized. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 56 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 29 MAR 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 42.0 1.20 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.11 1.09 1.10 0.66 -0.69 0.01 P KY 2 CENTRAL 41.4 1.22 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.11 1.11 1.36 0.61 -0.42 2.41 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 39.1 1.05 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.08 0.97 0.98 0.74 -1.07 0.85 P KY 4 EASTERN 39.8 1.36 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.08 1.28 1.63 0.77 0.27 1.63 P ::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 24 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Well Below Normal Precipitation: A lull in precipitation led to the driest week of 2014 this past period. The Commonwealth was below normal by nearly an inch with most of the state seeing just a tenth of an inch of precipitation. Behind the latest round of snowfall the previous weekend, high pressure moved in for the start of the work week. Temperatures Monday were well below normal with highs generally in the mid 30s to low 40s. This occurred before a weak cold front moved through the region Tuesday night and into Wednesday. This system amounted to just about nothing, with only light, isolated rain showers across the region. Surface high pressure once again developed over the second half of the work week, but this time, was positioned southeast of the state. This put the area in a southwesterly flow pattern to start the spring season. Highs Friday jumped all the way into the upper 60s to low 70s. This was followed by another weak cold front Friday night with cooler temperatures settling into Kentucky for the weekend. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 55 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 22 MAR 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 45.2 0.50 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.17 0.27 0.44 -0.17 -1.56 -0.12 P KY 2 CENTRAL 44.9 0.40 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.17 0.16 0.75 -0.28 -1.36 2.33 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 44.2 0.21 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.17 0.04 0.24 -0.46 -1.90 0.76 P KY 4 EASTERN 44.5 0.47 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.17 0.30 0.86 -0.25 -1.12 1.25 P :::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 17 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: Spring finally on the way? This past week was featured as only the 3rd week this year, where average temperatures were actually above normal. Much of the week was dominated by a roller-coaster pattern of up and down temperature swings. Monday and Tuesday were controlled by a southwesterly flow pattern, which bumped temperatures well into the 60s and 70s. Quite a few stations even got into the upper 70s, but none hit the 80 degree threshold. This was followed by a strong cold front pushing through the region Wednesday, which brought widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms to the region. Breezy northwesterly flow with gusts over 40 mph then put temperatures back into the 40s and 50s through Thursday, before the upward trend resumed going into the weekend as high pressure shifted east. Focus then turned toward Sunday and low pressure passing south of the Bluegrass State. Widespread rain showers spread into the state Saturday night and into Sunday from southwest to northeast. Cooler temperatures filtering into the region allowed for a transition to sleet and snow through the evening and overnight hours Sunday. Most of the state saw less than an inch, but there were a couple exceptions. The first came within a thin area in north- central Kentucky and the Bluegrass that saw 1 to 2 inches. The second came in extreme northeastern portions of the state where the area saw 3 to 5 inches. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 54 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 15 MAR 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 47.5 0.15 0.94 8.00 99.4 0.21 0.00 0.61 -0.60 -1.33 0.21 P KY 2 CENTRAL 47.4 0.15 0.93 8.00 99.2 0.22 0.00 1.03 -1.02 -0.48 2.81 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 46.7 0.25 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.22 0.03 0.70 -0.62 -0.85 1.35 P KY 4 EASTERN 45.8 0.25 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.19 0.06 1.11 -0.98 -0.05 1.70 P ::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 10 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: The Commonwealth could not shake the wintry weather this past week as another round of snow fell across the area and temperatures remained cold. Snow showers continued into the new period as a vigorous winter storm pushed east of the region from the previous weekend. Another 1 to 2 inches fell over the course of Monday, leaving a substantial snowpack across the Commonwealth. The next few days then featured extremely cold conditions in place as the state saw another round of Arctic high pressure. Monday saw highs only in the 20s for much of the state with lows dropping solidly in the single digits to low teens later that night. After another cool day Tuesday, a warming trend then ensued for the remainder of the week. Temperatures hovered in the upper 50s to low 60s by Saturday. The only other shot of precipitation took place late Saturday and into the overnight as a cold front passed through the area. Rainfall was light and scattered in nature, with most of the Bluegrass State remaining dry. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 53 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 8 MAR 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 32.1 1.03 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 1.03 1.21 0.53 -0.88 0.80 P KY 2 CENTRAL 33.2 1.49 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 1.49 2.05 0.92 0.05 3.51 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 32.1 0.84 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.84 1.32 0.34 -0.36 1.94 P KY 4 EASTERN 34.6 1.55 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.02 1.53 2.09 0.99 0.71 2.36 F :::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 3 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: March 1st was the first day of meteorological spring, but mother nature missed the memo in a large way. Temperatures remained below normal for much of the work week with highs generally in the 30s and 40s with lows dropping into the teens and 20s. These conditions helped push the Bluegrass State to an average temperature of 33 degrees, which made for the 7th week of 2014 that Kentucky has been below normal. After the cool work week, attention turned towards a winter storm primed to push through the region over the latter half of the weekend. An Arctic cold front in combination with multiple upper level disturbances resulted in the most significant winter weather event of the season. A mixed bag of precipitation was evident throughout the event with nearly the entire state seeing freezing rain, sleet, and snow at some point. Totals of 2 to 4 inches of snow, 0.10 to 0.25 inches of ice accumulation, and up to 2 inches of sleet was pretty common across the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 52 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 1 MAR 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 33.0 0.06 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.06 0.68 -0.56 -0.38 0.65 P KY 2 CENTRAL 32.7 0.02 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.02 1.13 -1.08 1.05 3.10 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 30.6 0.08 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.08 0.98 -0.80 0.67 1.88 P KY 4 EASTERN 33.4 0.04 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.01 0.03 1.10 -1.03 1.33 1.75 P ::::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 24 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation: The Commonwealth got its first taste of severe weather this past period for 2014. Much of the first half of the work week was dominated by a warming trend. Breezy southwesterly winds put temperatures into the 50s and 60s, before increasing into the low 70s on Thursday. Over the course of the week, the average temperature for the state was 8 degrees above normal. This was only the second above normal deviation the state has seen in 2014. A deepening surface low then lifted out of the Southern Plains and into the Midwest on Thursday, where it eventually dragged a strong cold front through the region later that evening and into the overnight. Plenty of instability allowed for severe thunderstorms to develop ahead of the front. Damaging winds were the primary issue with any storm, but a couple weak tornadoes were also confirmed in Webster and Caldwell counties. The Eastern portion of the state saw the most precipitation with this event as more than an inch fell for most areas. This tapered farther west, but the state as a whole was still above normal for the week by 0.2 inches. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 51 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 22 FEB 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 44.8 0.66 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.14 0.52 1.24 -0.20 -0.01 1.14 P KY 2 CENTRAL 44.3 1.27 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.14 1.13 2.21 0.04 1.12 3.68 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 42.6 1.08 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.12 0.96 1.78 0.13 0.67 2.39 P KY 4 EASTERN 43.7 1.35 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.14 1.21 2.13 0.30 1.26 2.42 F :::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 17 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: 2014 has started off with every week seeing below normal temperatures, except for one. This period was no different as the average state temperature was 10 degrees below normal. The work week started off with cold, Arctic high pressure in place. Lows pushed into the single digits each night and highs only getting into the 20s. This was about 15 to 20 degrees below mid-February normal temperatures. After a dry start to the work week, conditions then became a bit more active for the second half of the week. A winter storm passing south of the Bluegrass State brought accumulating snow to southeastern portions of the area. Some of the higher elevations received in excess of 10 inches. The next significant system arrived Friday as low pressure tracked across the Lower Ohio Valley with precipitation overspreading the Commonwealth. The majority of the state saw a mostly rain event, but areas across the northern Bluegrass did see anywhere from 1 to 4 inches. This was then followed by another cool weekend with highs only getting into the 20s and 30s. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 50 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 15 FEB 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 24.5 0.41 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.41 1.44 -0.61 -0.45 1.34 P KY 2 CENTRAL 26.1 0.56 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.56 2.17 -1.05 0.27 3.58 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 23.7 0.51 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.51 1.65 -0.63 -0.01 2.27 P KY 4 EASTERN 27.9 0.74 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 0.74 1.83 -0.34 0.02 2.08 P :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 10 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation: The active weather pattern continued this past period with multiple opportunities for precipitation. The first system moved through the area Tuesday and into the overnight as low pressure passed to the southeast. Temperatures hovered around the freezing mark, which resulted in a significant winter weather event. Winter Storm Warnings were issued across mainly western and the northern half of Kentucky with ice accumulations of around a quarter to half inch. The remainder of the week featured on and off chances for snowfall as multiple quick-hitting disturbances crossed the region. The liquid equivalent for precipitation over the course of the week averaged just over 2 inches across the state, which was nearly 1.5 inches above normal. This was just the second week in 2014, which had seen above normal precipitation. Temperatures also remained cool throughout the week with high temperatures only averaging in the upper 20s to low 30s, which is around 15 degrees below normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 49 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 8 FEB 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 24.4 1.66 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 1.66 2.05 1.16 -0.55 1.63 P KY 2 CENTRAL 28.5 2.83 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 2.83 3.22 2.34 0.34 3.84 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 27.5 2.02 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 2.02 2.28 1.52 -0.11 2.51 P KY 4 EASTERN 31.9 2.16 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 2.16 2.17 1.77 -0.29 2.16 P ::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 3 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: The work week started off with another Arctic blast. Extremely cold air spilled into the region with lows Monday and Tuesday night dropping below zero for much of the northern half of the state. Conditons then started a warming trend as high pressure shifted to the southeast. Gusty southerly winds pushed temperatures well above normal into the mid 50s to low 60s by Saturday. While it was dry for the majority of the week, conditions tapered going into the weekend as a cold front pushed through the region. Light rainfall accompanied the boundary and was widespread in nature through the overnight Saturday. Attention then turned toward a surface low pushing into the region. This resulted in the most significant winter weather event of the season. Most of the northern half of the state was either in a Winter Weather Advisory or Winter Storm Warning. Snow blanketed most of the region with the highest totals coming across central Kentucky and into the Bluegrass, where some saw 5 to 7 inches. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 48 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 1 FEB 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 27.7 0.65 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.65 0.89 0.16 -0.69 1.24 P KY 2 CENTRAL 25.8 0.35 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.35 0.88 -0.18 -0.64 2.99 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 23.8 0.26 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.26 0.76 -0.23 -0.73 1.78 P KY 4 EASTERN 22.7 0.07 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 0.07 0.40 -0.43 -1.30 1.13 P ::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 27 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: The wintry pattern stayed in place this past period with multiple snow events and well below normal temperatures. The first round of winter weather came Monday night and into Tuesday. Most area’s across the northern half of the state saw 3 to 6 inches of snow with the clipper's passage. This then tapered farther south. Behind the clipper and another reinforcing cold front, the next round of Arctic air pushed into the region. Wind chills Thursday morning were down to -15 degrees in some locations with breezy northwesterly flow and temperatures in the single digits. Lows that night then dropped between 0 and 10 below zero in areas that had a snowpack. This contributed to a week in which average temperatures were 9 degrees below normal. The next system then pushed through the region late Friday night and into Saturday morning. Another 2 to 4 inches fell over the northern Bluegrass before tapering farther south. This snow-cover was short-lived as high pressure moving to the east and transitioned winds to the southwest. Highs then rose into the upper 40s to even around 60 at Bowling Green. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 47 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 25 JAN 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 26.1 0.04 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.04 0.73 -0.64 -1.04 1.42 P KY 2 CENTRAL 23.6 0.14 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.14 1.06 -0.77 -0.55 3.38 P KY 3 BLUE GRASS 21.2 0.31 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.31 0.99 -0.37 -0.49 2.20 P KY 4 EASTERN 21.7 0.12 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 0.12 0.83 -0.59 -0.88 1.76 P ::::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 20 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: The Commonwealth became entrenched in an unsettled weather pattern this past week. Multiple quick-hitting disturbances allowed for at least a chance of precipitation each day. Earlier in the work week, warmer air in place kept all precipitation falling as rain. Highs got into the low to mid 50s, which is about 20 degrees above normal for this time of the year. Temperatures then went below freezing Tuesday night and in doing so, transitioned any precipitation over to snow, but accumulations were light in nature. The most pronounced system came Thursday night and into Friday as a disturbance aloft and surface cold front swept through the region. The northern half of the state received anywhere from a half to 1 inch of snowfall. Some of the heavier bands laid about 2 inches on the ground. Conditions then dried off for the weekend. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 46 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 18 JAN 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 35.2 0.35 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.01 0.34 1.37 -0.70 -0.73 1.94 P KY 2 CENTRAL 34.3 0.73 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.01 0.72 1.83 -0.39 0.07 3.90 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 33.8 0.42 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.01 0.41 1.36 -0.52 -0.04 2.60 P KY 4 EASTERN 35.3 0.48 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.02 0.46 1.42 -0.49 0.16 2.36 P ::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 13 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation: Dangerously cold temperatures swept into the Commonwealth earlier this past period with the passage of a strong Arctic front. High temperatures only got into the single digits on Monday with lows that night dropping anywhere from 0 to -10 degrees below zero. These were the coldest conditions felt across the Commonwealth since 2011. Accompanying the bitterly cold temperatures was a breezy northwesterly wind, which put wind chills down to below -20 at times. A warm-up then ensued through the remainder of the week as winds shifted to the south. Temperatures by Friday and through the weekend rose well above normal into the 50s. Conditions became unsettled going into the second half of the period. The most significant system came Friday night and into Saturday when a cold front moved through the area. Most areas saw a half to a little over 1 inch rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 45 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 11 JAN 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 27.7 1.44 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 1.44 2.07 0.82 2.13 2.31 P KY 2 CENTRAL 27.6 1.46 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 1.46 2.22 0.71 1.37 4.10 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 27.2 1.25 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 1.25 1.88 0.62 1.50 2.93 F KY 4 EASTERN 26.8 1.19 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 1.19 1.91 0.47 1.01 2.69 F ::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 6 2014 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: Conditions remained dry and warm as the Commonwealth rang in 2014. High pressure shifting east allowed for some warmer temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s under mostly clear skies. The first of a couple areas of low pressure then entered the lower Ohio Valley going into Thursday. 1 to 2 inches of blowing snow fell across northern portions of the state. The second low pressure system pushed northeast through the Bluegrass State on Sunday and into the overnight. Most precipitation started off as rain before transitioning to snow as cooler temperatures filtered into the region. Another 1 to 2 inches was common across northern portions of the area, before temperatures plummeted overnight. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 44 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 4 JAN 2014 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 30.3 0.11 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.11 1.25 -1.01 1.87 2.00 P KY 2 CENTRAL 30.1 0.35 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.35 1.51 -0.80 1.38 3.86 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 29.8 0.35 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.35 1.26 -0.56 1.34 2.67 P KY 4 EASTERN 30.2 0.38 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 0.38 1.44 -0.67 1.21 2.43 P ::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 30 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: A very large temperature swing from the previous week's mild conditions occurred. The first half of the workweek was the coldest with morning low temperatures in the teens on Tuesday and Wednesday. A warming trend elevated the temperatures for the end of the workweek and weekend. Rain, and mix precitition occurred at the beginning and end of the period. The east received the greater amounts and was near normal for rainfall and west, central and Bluegrass areas were below normal for precipitation. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 43 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 28 DEC 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 34.4 0.24 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.01 0.23 2.26 -1.80 2.58 2.45 P KY 2 CENTRAL 35.9 0.70 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.02 0.68 2.31 -0.95 3.21 4.24 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 36.4 0.52 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.03 0.49 1.82 -0.84 3.22 2.94 P KY 4 EASTERN 36.8 0.93 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.03 0.90 2.11 -0.30 3.85 2.76 F :::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 23 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation Warm temperatures made it feel more like fall this past period, but a very active pattern resulted in an exceptionally wet weekend. After a cool start to the work week, temperatures increased each day through the first half of the weekend. Temperatures by Friday and Saturday were well into the 60s with some locations even hitting 70. Paintsville owned the highest reading at 75 degrees. Much of the work week consisted of mostly dry conditions until the pattern changed dramatically Thursday night and heading into the weekend as a cold front stalled just north and west of the state. Multiple waves of low pressure rode along this boundary and resulted in an unseasonable, prolonged period of rainfall. Widespread showers brought extremely high rainfall totals, especially in western portions of the Commonwealth. Some locations recorded more than 4 inches in a 24 hour period, which is normally only seen once every 5 years. Overall, the state averaged 1.94 inches for the weekend, which was over an inch and a half above normal. In addition to the heavy rainfall, an unstable atmosphere Saturday night produced a line of storms pushing through the state. Damaging winds were reported across the area with even a weak, isolated tornado in Taylor County. Some wind gusts were even recorded at around 70 mph. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 42 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 21 DEC 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 43.6 3.57 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.11 3.46 4.06 2.87 2.64 2.79 F KY 2 CENTRAL 42.9 2.05 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.11 1.94 3.26 0.63 3.12 4.35 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 41.9 1.70 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.10 1.60 2.66 0.56 3.20 3.05 F KY 4 EASTERN 41.7 1.11 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.09 1.02 2.41 -0.36 4.25 2.73 F ::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 16 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below normal temperatures and precipitation: Very cool temperatures and a couple more rounds of wintry weather topped the headlines this past period. The work week started off with an upper level disturbance dropping snowfall across the Commonwealth Tuesday. Most areas in eastern portions of the state had snowfall accumulations ranging from a half to 2 inches. A reinforcing cold front on Wednesday was then followed by Arctic high pressure pushing into the region for the second half of the work week. Areas mainly in the northern portions of the state had more snow-cover and resulted in much cooler temperatures compared to southern Kentucky. Temperatures Wednesday night dropped into the single digits and lower teens for much of the state. Henderson even got down to a low of -1 degree. Wind chill values dropped well into the single digits, approaching 0 at times, which pushed the livestock cold stress index into the emergency category. The work week then ended with a low pressure system heading northeastward into the Ohio Valley. This system ended up producing a wintry mix across the Bluegrass State Friday night and into Saturday. Much of the eastern half of the state saw at least a quarter inch of precipitation. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 41 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 14 DEC 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 27.3 0.82 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.82 1.19 0.31 1.06 2.05 F KY 2 CENTRAL 29.8 1.18 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 1.18 2.63 -0.27 3.33 4.07 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 28.9 0.80 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.80 2.10 -0.49 3.25 2.73 F KY 4 EASTERN 31.9 1.16 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 1.16 2.77 -0.45 4.16 2.63 F :::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 9 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above normal temperatures and above normal rainfall: Two winter storms controlled Kentucky last week as copious rain, snow and ice were the rule during the latter half of the workweek. The first half of the week was mostly dry and very mild with temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees on Wednesday. The first storm crossed the Ohio Valley on Dec. 5-6* with most of the snow in the west and along the Ohio River and freezing rain and sleet south of that location and into central Kentucky. And if that was not enough, on Dec 7-8, a second storm from the south provided rain, snow, freezing rain and sleet to the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 40 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 7 DEC 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 43.7 0.84 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.11 0.73 0.88 0.20 1.12 2.01 P KY 2 CENTRAL 44.7 2.39 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.14 2.25 2.90 1.63 2.89 3.99 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 43.7 2.15 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.13 2.02 2.59 1.48 3.06 2.66 F KY 4 EASTERN 44.0 2.76 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.12 2.63 3.22 2.06 3.37 2.46 F :::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 2 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: The Commonwealth got an early look at winter this past period with very cold temperatures in place and even some snowfall. The work week started off with unsettled conditions as low pressure passed southeast of the state. A wintery mix Monday transitioned to an all-snow event by Tuesday night. Snowfall was mainly confined to eastern and Bluegrass portions of the state with most getting between 0.5 to 2 inches. High pressure of arctic origin then slid into the Commonwealth Wednesday. Highs stayed well below normal with temperatures only getting into the upper 20s to low 30s during the day before plummeting into the teens that night. Clearing skies then gave way to a very cool Thanksgiving Day with highs only in the 30s. One inch of snow was still on the ground at the National Weather Service in Jackson and resulted in the greatest snow depth ever recorded for this station on the holiday. Southerly flow then commenced on Saturday as high pressure shifted east. This brought a bit of a warming trend, but average temperatures for the week remained very cool. The state was on average 9 degrees below normal, which made for the 6th week out of the past 7 that the Commonwealth has seen below normal temperatures. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 39 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 30 NOV 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 31.3 0.06 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.06 0.68 -0.52 0.95 1.87 P KY 2 CENTRAL 30.9 0.31 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.31 1.27 -0.63 1.62 3.55 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 29.5 0.31 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.31 1.11 -0.46 1.72 2.18 F KY 4 EASTERN 30.1 1.19 1.00 4.99 99.8 0.00 0.00 1.16 0.57 1.18 1.75 P ::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 25 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: Dry conditions returned to the Bluegrass State this past period. Surface high pressure was dominant through the early stages of the work week with clear skies evident on a daily basis. Highs generally stayed in the upper 40s to mid 50s with lows dropping into the upper 20s to low 30s. Clouds then began to increase Wednesday night ahead of an approaching cold front. While rainfall was mostly confined to northern portions of the state later in the day on Thursday, coverage became more widespread on Friday. Rainfall totals ranged mostly between a quarter and half inch across the state. Strong, Arctic high pressure then moved in for the weekend. High temperatures on Saturday only made it into the upper 30s to mid 40s behind breezy northwesterly flow. Many awoke to temperatures in the upper teens to low 20s Sunday morning before only rising into the 30s during the day. This helped push the Bluegrass State to a third straight week of below normal temperatures. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 38 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 23 NOV 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 48.5 1.35 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.20 0.44 1.20 0.60 1.88 2.09 F KY 2 CENTRAL 47.2 2.00 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.18 1.82 1.90 1.34 2.81 3.68 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 45.9 1.60 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.17 1.29 1.57 0.91 3.07 2.21 F KY 4 EASTERN 46.1 0.94 1.00 3.80 79.9 0.16 0.00 0.59 0.49 0.91 1.52 P ::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 18 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: This past period provided a little bit of everything when it came to weather conditions with snow, severe weather, and both cold and warm temperatures seen throughout the week. An arctic cold front dove through the Commonwealth Monday night and into Tuesday. Precipitation started out as rain, but slowly transitioned to snow through the overnight as temperatures became sub-freezing. Surface high pressure then moved into the area for the midsection of the work week. Most locations struggled to hit 40 on Tuesday before dropping into the upper teens to low 20s that night. After another very cool day on Wednesday, breezy southerly flow started ushering in much warmer air for the remainder of the week. Temperatures by Sunday were hovering in the mid 60s to around 70. An upper level disturbance brought a light rainfall event to the Bluegrass State on Friday, but Sunday had a much more significant impact. A very strong storm system dragged a cold front through the area with damaging winds and even some isolated tornadoes as the primary hazards. Combined with another batch of rainfall earlier in the morning, the Commonwealth averaged just under an inch. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 37 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 16 NOV 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 43.3 0.67 1.00 7.29 92.1 0.11 0.00 0.60 0.33 0.95 1.88 F KY 2 CENTRAL 41.8 0.23 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.10 0.13 0.56 -0.42 1.26 3.27 P KY 3 BLUE GRASS 41.0 0.37 1.00 7.86 98.4 0.09 0.00 0.66 -0.26 1.75 1.84 F KY 4 EASTERN 39.8 0.17 1.00 3.02 67.0 0.07 0.00 0.10 -0.09 0.42 0.86 P :::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 11 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Dry conditions were in control across the state for much of this past period. High pressure sitting over southeastern portions of the US kept the Commonwealth warm and dry for the first half of the work week behind breezy southerly flow. Temperatures warmed to around normal by Tuesday with highs in the low to mid 60s. A cold front then swept through the region on Wednesday with winds ahead of the boundary becoming quite breezy. Wind speeds of 20 mph with gusts around 30 were common. The front passed through the region during the afternoon and evening hours with rainfall totals between a quarter and half inch. This ended up being the only rainfall event for the week. Out of the past 10 weeks, this period marked the 7th time the state has seen below normal rainfall. High pressure then moved in for the remainder of the period with clear skies and highs hovering in the 50s. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 36 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 9 NOV 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 48.8 0.34 1.00 6.73 85.9 0.21 0.00 0.27 -0.42 0.54 1.81 P KY 2 CENTRAL 48.5 0.51 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.22 0.29 0.98 -0.28 1.40 3.38 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 48.7 0.53 1.00 7.58 95.3 0.23 0.00 0.92 -0.26 1.81 1.84 F KY 4 EASTERN 47.8 0.45 0.98 2.94 65.3 0.20 0.00 0.19 -0.19 0.54 1.05 P :::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 4 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: A strong cold front making its way through the region made for a very wet and windy work week across the Ohio Valley. As low pressure approached the region earlier in the period, a warm front lifting north sparked widespread showers across the area. Temperatures then warmed significantly on Wednesday behind the frontal passage. Breezy southerly flow put highs back into the upper 60s to mid 70s. The front then swept through the region on Halloween and through the overnight. Winds increased drastically ahead of the boundary with wind gusts over 40 mph common across the state. Some severe wind gusts were recorded with even some isolated, weak tornados. Dry conditions then moved briefly into the Bluegrass State for the day Friday before scattered showers once again formed Saturday as an upper level disturbance passed through the eastern half of Kentucky. Overall, the Commonwealth averaged over an inch of rainfall over the course of the week, which is nearly a half inch above normal. This helped push Louisville to the wettest October on record. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 35 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 2 NOV 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 56.6 1.03 0.97 6.63 84.4 0.39 0.00 0.69 0.49 0.17 1.84 F KY 2 CENTRAL 55.8 1.44 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.38 0.49 1.26 1.00 1.80 3.38 F KY 3 BLUE GRASS 53.5 1.58 1.00 7.28 92.0 0.34 0.00 1.18 1.05 2.68 1.80 F KY 4 EASTERN 55.1 0.97 0.73 2.94 61.2 0.37 0.00 0.38 0.32 0.69 1.05 P :::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 28 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Extremely cool conditions gradually settled across the Commonwealth this past week as multiple cold fronts passed through the state. Each front was accompanied by only light showers and resulted in minimal accumulations across the area. Kentucky as a whole only averaged 0.14 inches over the period, which was over a half inch below normal. This made for the third straight week the Bluegrass State has been below average. High temperatures dropped into the mid 40s to low 50s by Wednesday and stayed that way through the end of the work week. The coldest temperatures were felt Friday and Saturday morning as surface high pressure of Arctic origin moved into the Ohio Valley. A combination of skies clearing and winds going calm allowed for the coldest temperatures of the season with lows plummeting into the mid to upper 20s each night. Some locations even dropped into the lower 20s. This was around 20 degrees below normal as lows are normally in the mid 40s at this point in the year. This essentially brought the growing season to an end across the area. For the week, the Bluegrass State was on average 10 degrees below normal, which was the largest below normal deviation since the end of 2010. Breezy southwesterly flow then commenced on Saturday allowing for temperatures to rebound back into the 50s for the remainder of the weekend. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 34 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 26 OCT 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 46.8 0.08 0.33 6.63 77.3 0.18 0.00 0.20 -0.38 2.05 1.39 P KY 2 CENTRAL 45.2 0.11 0.95 7.48 93.6 0.16 0.00 0.26 -0.12 1.42 3.05 P KY 3 BLUE GRASS 44.4 0.16 1.00 6.04 78.3 0.16 0.00 0.13 -0.27 2.28 1.33 P KY 4 EASTERN 44.3 0.22 0.13 2.94 51.2 0.15 0.00 0.06 0.04 -0.50 0.66 P ::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 21 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Unsettled conditions kept chances of rain in the forecast for much of this past week. The first significant system came over the midsection of the work week with the passage of a slow moving cold front. Light to moderate showers overspread the Commonwealth as the boundary pushed east through the state with most receiving less than a quarter inch. After a brief period of dry weather on Friday, conditions once again became unsettled on Saturday with the passage of yet another cold front and upper level trough across the area. Moisture was limited and resulted in low rainfall totals, but coverage was quite high. Areas across the state averaged just over a tenth of an inch with higher totals across the Bluegrass. Cool high pressure then settled into the lower Ohio Valley Saturday night and into Sunday morning. This brought about the first frost of the season as clear skies and calm winds allowed temperatures to drop into the mid 30s for many locations. Some low lying and sheltered areas even dropped to around freezing. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 33 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 19 OCT 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 58.9 0.35 0.43 6.63 78.4 0.47 0.00 0.58 -0.53 1.85 1.55 P KY 2 CENTRAL 58.3 0.48 1.00 7.48 94.2 0.47 0.00 0.38 -0.54 1.01 3.19 F KY 3 BLUE GRASS 57.9 0.56 1.00 6.04 78.2 0.47 0.00 0.40 -0.41 1.75 1.42 F KY 4 EASTERN 59.8 0.42 0.06 2.94 49.9 0.51 0.00 0.02 0.03 -0.91 0.73 P ::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 16 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Dry conditions are normally a common theme throughout the month of October for the Bluegrass State and this past week was no exception. The work week started off with clouds on the decrease and surface high pressure moving into the area as a strong cold front departed the state. Low temperatures Monday and Tuesday morning dropped into the low 40s in many locations. Some areas dropped into the upper 30s briefly, but once again, frost was not an issue over the course of the week. The Commonwealth then continued under the influece of high pressure through the remainder of the work week, keeping dry conditions in place. Highs in the mid to upper 70s were common, which helped push the state to its third straight week of above normal temperatures. Focus over the weekend then turned toward a weakening cold front. Most locations remained dry with the frontal passage. Any locations that did receive rainfall were light in nature. Over the course of the week, the state was 0.41 inches below normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 32 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 12 OCT 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 61.9 0.12 0.55 6.63 79.8 0.57 0.00 1.11 -0.77 3.18 1.65 P KY 2 CENTRAL 61.5 1.13 1.00 7.47 94.1 0.57 0.00 0.92 0.01 2.35 3.24 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 60.0 1.45 1.00 5.95 77.2 0.54 0.00 0.81 0.22 2.65 1.40 P KY 4 EASTERN 60.7 0.70 0.15 2.94 51.4 0.55 0.00 -0.01 0.29 -0.14 0.85 P ::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 7 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall Exceptionally wet and warm conditions led to a very unordinary first week of October. An upper level area of low pressure passing north through Kentucky on Wednesday brought the first significant amount of rainfall for the week. Scattered showers were mainly limited to the western half of the state. An upper level disturbance then pushed light showers into the region Thursday morning; before conditions dried off for the end of the work week. While it was dry, temperatures became very warm for this time of the year. Highs pushing into the low to mid 80s and lows only dropping into the 60s led the way in average temperatures 7 degrees above normal for the week. This was the highest above normal deviation since early January. Conditions then once again became unsettled for the weekend. An area of low pressure pushed a strong cold front through the Ohio Valley. A very moist air mass allowed for substantial rainfall totals across nearly the entire state. Over the course of the weekend, most of the state, with the exception of the east, averaged over 2 inches of rainfall. Louisville even recorded 7.53 inches for the weekend. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 31 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 5 OCT 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 71.1 3.11 1.00 6.63 84.8 0.89 0.00 1.88 1.57 2.97 1.97 F KY 2 CENTRAL 69.8 1.41 0.93 6.98 87.9 0.85 0.00 0.91 -0.02 1.66 3.10 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 69.3 1.60 0.94 5.10 67.1 0.84 0.00 0.59 0.58 0.91 0.56 P KY 4 EASTERN 68.0 0.18 0.00 2.94 49.0 0.80 0.00 -0.30 -0.34 -0.63 0.73 P :::::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 30 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Rainfall was below normal by over a half inch for the third week this past month. Surface high pressure kept the Commonwealth dry through Tuesday before low pressure began sweeping through the state that night and into Wednesday. This system brought a round of light scattered showers to mainly the southern half of the state with most getting less than a quarter inch. Skies then cleared Wednesday night with winds becoming calm. This allowed for a rather significant fog event Thursday morning. Some areas in south central Kentucky witnessed some dense fog with visibility limited to under a half mile at times. Focus then turned toward a cold front set to move through the Ohio Valley over the course of Sunday. This system slowly weakened as it moved east with a shield of light rainfall over western portions of the state tapering to only isolated showers to the east. Western portions of the state averaged 0.67 inches over the course of day with all other sections of the state under a tenth of an inch. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 29 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 30 SEP 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT KY 1 WESTERN 66.5 0.27 0.52 4.89 60.2 0.75 0.00 0.31 -0.37 0.11 0.91 P KY 2 CENTRAL 65.0 0.08 0.37 6.98 81.7 0.71 0.00 0.93 -0.51 0.57 2.76 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 63.1 0.02 0.18 5.10 58.7 0.66 0.00 0.01 -0.30 -0.70 -0.15 P KY 4 EASTERN 62.9 0.11 0.00 3.28 54.6 0.65 0.00 0.04 -0.23 -0.47 1.23 P :::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 23 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: Autumn-like temperatures continued across the Bluegrass State this past period, but the passage of a strong cold front made for a particularly wet weekend. The state averaged 1.57 inches over the course of the week, which was the wettest period since early August. Surface high pressure to the north kept the Bluegrass State locked in a dry pattern to start out the work week. Then conditions began to turn unsettled as a mid-level disturbance passed through the state early on Wednesday bringing the first round of rainfall for the week. Rainfall was then scattered in nature through the remainder of the work week, before a cold front passed through the Commonwealth over the first half of the weekend. Extremely moist conditions for this time of the year made for an exceptional rainfall event. Soaking rains led to average rainfall totals over an inch. A narrow corridor extending through central and bluegrass portions of the state received more than 2 inches. Cool temperatures and dry air then descended into the Bluegrass State for the remainder of the weekend. Lows in the mid 40s to around 50 were common Saturday night. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 29 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 21 SEP 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 69.7 2.01 1.00 4.89 65.5 0.88 0.00 0.68 1.05 0.36 1.16 P KY 2 CENTRAL 68.2 2.10 1.00 6.98 88.6 0.83 0.00 1.44 1.11 1.92 3.16 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 67.3 1.63 0.82 5.10 65.7 0.81 0.00 0.31 0.84 0.10 0.26 P KY 4 EASTERN 65.4 1.09 0.34 3.39 62.2 0.75 0.00 0.27 0.38 0.04 1.62 P ::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 16 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The dry trend continued across the lower Ohio Valley as Kentucky remained below normal for the second straight week by a half inch. The period started off with isolated to widely scattered showers and storms in place as weak disturbances passed through the Commonwealth. This activity was accompanied by an unusually warm and humid air mass for this time of the year. Highs in the upper 80s to low 90s with dewpoints in the upper 60s to low 70s put the livestock heat stress index back into the danger category. A cold front then pushed through the area on Thursday. This brought the first autumn-like air mass of the season with much drier conditions present through the remainder of the week, in addition to very cool temperatures. Breezy northerly flow only allowed for highs in the upper 60s to low 70s Friday and Saturday. Some even awoke to temperatures in the low 40s Saturday morning. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 28 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 14 SEP 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 74.8 0.22 0.00 4.76 52.9 1.09 0.00 -0.37 -0.36 -1.46 0.10 P KY 2 CENTRAL 73.4 0.60 0.00 6.71 74.6 1.04 0.00 0.33 -0.13 0.22 2.52 P KY 3 BLUE GRASS 72.8 0.14 0.00 5.10 56.7 1.03 0.00 -0.53 -0.36 -1.55 -0.57 P 0.89 KY 4 EASTERN 71.7 0.50 0.00 3.39 56.4 0.99 0.00 -0.11 -0.13 -0.87 1.18 P :::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 9 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Exceptionally dry conditions overtook Kentucky this past week as the state ended over a half inch below normal. While it was dry, it has to be taken into account that September and October are the state’s driest months of the year. A cold front on Monday brought the only significant rainfall for the period. Most locations only received less than a quarter inch. Much drier and cooler air then filtered into the Ohio Valley by Tuesday with high pressure of Canadian origin sticking around for the remainder of the work week. Highs hovered in the 80s with lows dropping into mainly the mid 50s to low 60s. Patchy fog was evident just about each morning as skies cleared and winds became calm through the overnight. As high pressure moved off to the mid-Atlantic coast by Saturday, winds shifted to the southwest and ushered in a bit warmer air for the weekend. The week then closed with a weak front dropping south from the Great Lakes on Sunday with only light, isolated showers and storms. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 27 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 7 SEP 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 74.2 0.15 0.00 5.27 58.6 1.09 0.00 -0.01 -0.30 -0.16 0.57 P KY 2 CENTRAL 73.4 0.18 0.00 7.06 78.4 1.07 0.00 0.46 -0.34 1.42 2.66 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 71.6 0.12 0.00 5.66 62.9 1.01 0.00 -0.17 -0.33 -0.89 -0.02 P KY 4 EASTERN 71.3 0.34 0.00 3.69 61.6 1.00 0.00 0.02 -0.22 0.23 1.43 P ::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 2 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Very hot and humid conditions took control of the Bluegrass State this past week. Statewide average temperatures were 4 degrees above normal as high temperatures stayed in the upper 80s to low 90s for much of the week. This was the first week since mid-July that the state had an above normal period of temperatures. The livestock heat stress index stayed in the danger to emergency category on nearly a daily basis. While it was hot, the combination of surface high pressure at the surface and aloft, kept the state locked into a mostly dry pattern through the first half of the work week. This ridge then began to break down going into the latter half, allowing for some upper level disturbances to rotate around the periphery into Kentucky. This allowed for isolated to scattered coverage before more pronounced activity Saturday and into the overnight. This led the way in the Commonwealth averaging 1.3 inches over the course of the week, which was over a half inch above normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 26 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 31 AUG 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 80.2 0.79 0.00 5.89 65.5 1.41 0.00 0.29 -0.11 0.88 1.05 P KY 2 CENTRAL 78.0 1.62 0.62 7.27 87.7 1.28 0.00 0.80 0.26 2.66 3.06 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 77.3 1.10 0.00 6.28 69.8 1.25 0.00 0.16 0.07 0.84 0.53 P KY 4 EASTERN 75.0 0.84 0.00 4.15 69.2 1.17 0.00 0.24 0.02 1.20 1.83 P ::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 26 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: After a rather cool first half of August, temperatures returned to near normal this week, while rainfall was below normal by nearly a half inch. The work week started off rather quiet, but with skies clearing, winds going calm, and a moist atmosphere, fog formed on each morning. An upper level low pressure system then moved in across the Bluegrass State through the middle section of the work week. This sparked scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon, before coverage increased later in the day on Wednesday. Most activity was limited to the eastern half of the state and was the only significant event of the week. Some of the stronger storms produced localized flooding and small hail. An upper level ridge then began to build into the Ohio Valley for the weekend with high pressure at the surface. This kept conditions dry with temperatures warming slightly into the mid to upper 80s by Sunday. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 25 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 24 AUG 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 76.0 0.21 0.00 6.33 70.3 1.21 0.00 0.40 -0.27 1.15 1.10 P KY 2 CENTRAL 75.2 0.46 0.28 7.27 83.9 1.18 0.00 0.54 -0.39 1.39 2.74 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 74.2 0.38 0.00 6.39 71.0 1.15 0.00 0.09 -0.11 -0.05 0.34 P KY 4 EASTERN 72.8 0.57 0.23 4.22 74.1 1.10 0.00 0.22 -0.28 0.63 1.86 P :::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 19 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: The middle of August is usually known to be one of the warmest periods of the year, but just like this past month, cool temperatures made this previous week feel more like September. Over the course of the period, the Commonwealth averaged 6 degrees below normal. Highs were typically in the upper 70s with lows dropping into the low 60s. This helped in accounting for the 4th straight week of near to below normal temperatures. The work week started off on the unsettled side as a couple frontal boundaries passed through the state. The eventual departure of a cold front on Tuesday allowed skies to clear as surface high pressure of Canadian origin pushed in from the north. This air mass stayed over the region through Thursday with very dry and cool conditions in place. While highs only rose into the low to mid 70s, the most noticeable difference was during the overnight hours. Clear skies allowed temperatures to plummet into the low to mid 50s. Some locations even dropped into the mid 40s. This was the case in Bath County, when the mercury dropped to 46 early Thursday morning. This reading is nearly 20 degrees below normal for this time of the year. Conditions then become unsettled for the weekend as isolated to scattered showers were the trend as moisture pooled into the area ahead of an area of low pressure. Over the course of the week, most portions of Kentucky with the exception of the Bluegrass saw over an inch of rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 24 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 17 AUG 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 71.2 1.34 0.71 6.54 80.6 1.03 0.00 0.67 0.32 2.35 1.50 F KY 2 CENTRAL 71.4 1.78 1.00 7.27 91.9 1.05 0.00 0.93 0.31 1.84 2.97 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 69.7 0.67 0.38 6.68 78.4 0.99 0.00 0.20 -0.41 0.90 0.76 P KY 4 EASTERN 69.6 1.46 0.76 4.22 83.1 1.00 0.00 0.50 0.23 0.96 2.20 P :::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 12 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: Unsettled conditions kept the Commonwealth wet for much of this past period as the state remained in a rather unstable and very moist air mass. Over the course of the week, the state averaged over 1.5 inches, which was nearly an inch above normal. The rain started falling on Tuesday in mainly western portions of the state as a complex of showers and storms moved east into Kentucky over the course of the day. This was then followed by a front slowly sagging south into the region for the latter half of the work week and into the weekend. This feature allowed for higher coverage at the statewide level as multiple upper level disturbances rode across this boundary. This resulted in a number of rainfall opportunities across the state during this period. The week then ended with the focus for showers primarily in southern portions of the Commonwealth as the front sagged south and drier air moved in from the north. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 23 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 10 AUG 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 75.6 1.27 0.40 6.54 77.2 1.24 0.00 0.35 0.17 1.06 1.28 F KY 2 CENTRAL 75.3 1.77 0.54 7.00 83.8 1.23 0.00 0.62 0.48 0.18 2.68 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 74.4 1.90 0.70 6.68 82.0 1.20 0.00 0.61 0.69 -0.07 0.84 P KY 4 EASTERN 73.3 1.47 0.30 4.22 75.4 1.17 0.00 0.27 0.34 -0.74 1.57 P :::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 5 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Dry, cool, and comfortable conditions were the dominant factors over much of this past period. Surface high pressure was in control to begin the work week with dry conditions and temperatures hovering in the upper 70s to low 80s. This feature then moved on to the east through the day Tuesday allowing for a minor rainfall event to unfold later that night and into Wednesday. Scattered to widespread, light to moderate showers only allowed for most locations to pick up less than a tenth of an inch. Dense cloud cover kept temperatures in the upper 70s through Wednesday. Another area of weak high pressure moved into the Ohio Valley to close the week before a cold front dropped across the region on Saturday. This brought another round of scattered showers and isolated storms to the region, but once again, rainfall totals were meager with most recording less than a tenth of an inch. Overall, rainfall for the week was below normal by nearly a half inch. This made for the 3rd week out of the past month that has been below normal. In addition, high temperatures in the upper 70s to around 80 and lows dropping into the low 60s paved the way for temperatures to average 6 degrees below normal for the week. This was the highest below normal deviation since the end of March. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 22 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 3 AUG 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 71.7 0.97 0.37 6.54 76.7 1.08 0.00 0.18 -0.24 -0.13 0.99 P KY 2 CENTRAL 70.1 0.44 0.00 7.00 77.8 1.03 0.00 0.14 -0.57 -0.84 2.07 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 69.2 0.29 0.00 6.68 74.3 1.01 0.00 -0.08 -0.57 -1.71 0.05 P KY 4 EASTERN 68.8 0.43 0.00 4.22 70.3 1.00 0.00 -0.07 -0.18 -1.36 1.22 P :::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 29 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: An unseasonably cool pattern was the highlight of this past week as temperatures across the Bluegrass State were on average 4 degrees below normal. A cold front approached the state Tuesday night and sparked isolated to scattered thunderstorms across the state. As this feature passed through the Commonwealth on Wednesday, high pressure of Canadian origin settled across the state. Cool and dry conditions overspread the Ohio Valley for the remainder of the work week with temperatures mainly in the upper 70s to low 80s and dew points dropping into the 50s. The weekend started off with another cold front passing through the Commonwealth. Moisture was meager with this system and only light accumulations were observed. More than anything, this front acted to reinforce dry and cooler air across the state. Highs over the weekend stayed mainly in the mid 70s to around 80 with lows dropping into the 50s Saturday night. Some locations in west-central portions of Kentucky even dropped into the upper 40s. Overall, this is normally the state's warmest period of the year, but cool conditions made it feel more like September. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 21 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 27 JUL 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 74.6 1.70 0.48 6.54 77.9 1.22 0.00 0.42 0.55 0.65 0.80 P KY 2 CENTRAL 74.3 1.28 0.06 7.44 83.3 1.22 0.00 0.71 -0.41 3.70 2.37 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 72.6 1.41 0.25 7.05 81.1 1.16 0.00 0.49 -0.20 2.09 0.57 P KY 4 EASTERN 72.9 1.11 0.00 4.66 77.7 1.18 0.00 0.11 -0.48 2.17 1.65 P :::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 22 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Exceptionally hot and humid conditions dominated the Bluegrass State this past week as an upper level ridge of high pressure built into the region. This pattern brought the first heat wave of the summer, whereas on many days throughout the week temperatures peaked in the upper 80s to low 90s with dew points in the low 70s. Many locations even had highs in the mid 90s. These warm and moist conditions led to the heat index rising into the upper 90s to around 100 and the livestock heat stress index in the danger category for much of the week. Conditions remained rather dry throughout the period with Kentucky only seeing an average of just over a half inch. This made for the state’s second straight week with below normal rainfall. Most activity was focused toward the afternoon and evening periods when the atmosphere was most unstable with storms remaining isolated to scattered in coverage. This held true even into the weekend as the ridge broke down and a slow moving cold front worked into northern portions of the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 20 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 20 JUL 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 79.9 0.46 0.00 6.54 72.6 1.49 0.00 -0.13 -0.43 -0.19 0.12 P KY 2 CENTRAL 79.8 0.43 0.00 7.44 82.6 1.48 0.00 1.12 -1.13 3.89 2.22 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 80.1 0.30 0.00 7.05 78.3 1.55 0.00 0.69 -0.91 3.30 0.20 P KY 4 EASTERN 78.0 0.37 0.00 4.72 78.6 1.43 0.00 0.59 -0.58 2.34 1.63 P :::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 15 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The Commonwealth finally got the opportunity to dry out this past period as rainfall totals were nearly a half inch below normal. This marked the first time since the early stages of June that the state had a week of below average precipitation. The period started off with high pressure off the east coast pumping warm, humid air from the Gulf. Temperatures reached around 90 in many locations with dew points in the low 70s through the early portions of the work week. This pushed the livestock heat stress index into the danger category each day. Wednesday brought the only significant rainfall event for the week as strong to severe storms fired ahead of a cold front passing through the area. South central Kentucky saw the highest totals with amounts over a half inch common. Drier and cooler air filtered into the lower Ohio Valley by Thursday night. Lows were well below normal with readings dropping into the upper 50s to low 60s statewide. The weekend brought another period of unsettled weather as an unusual upper level low moved west across the area. This acted to spark another round of isolated to scattered thunderstorms. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 19 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 13 JUL 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 77.0 0.17 0.00 7.38 82.0 1.36 0.00 0.30 -0.52 0.19 0.62 P KY 2 CENTRAL 76.2 0.75 0.42 8.00 93.6 1.33 0.00 2.25 -2.08 4.30 2.77 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 75.4 0.48 0.18 8.00 90.8 1.30 0.00 1.60 -1.47 4.04 1.11 P KY 4 EASTERN 74.5 1.00 0.72 5.00 95.3 1.28 0.00 1.17 -1.02 3.56 2.44 P :::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 8 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Well Above Normal Rainfall: Exceptionally wet conditions were in place across the Bluegrass State for the second straight week. Kentucky was wedged between an upper level low pressure system to the west and a Bermuda high to the east for much of the period. This placed the state in a southerly flow pattern with an abundant amount of moisture pushing north from the Gulf of Mexico. Showers were scattered in coverage to start the work week before becoming more widespread by the 4th of July. This put a damper on most activities across mainly central and Bluegrass portions of the state as areas received anywhere from 1 to around 3 inches of steady light to moderate rainfall. Widespread showers continued into the early part of the weekend before becoming mostly dry on Sunday. Over the course of the week, the Bluegrass State averaged over 3.5 inches of rainfall, which is over 2.5 inches above normal. Putting this into perspective, Kentucky normally only sees 4.5 inches for the entire month of July. This was the wettest week since mid-April of 2011. Dense cloud cover accompanied the rainfall for much of the week and in turn, temperatures were well below normal. High temperatures hovered in the upper 70s to low 80s, which were on average, 8 degrees below normal. The state has not seen a deviation of this magnitude since the end of March. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 18 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 6 JUL 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 71.0 1.90 0.81 7.71 94.6 1.09 0.00 0.82 0.77 0.52 1.29 F KY 2 CENTRAL 70.8 5.43 1.00 8.00 100.0 1.10 3.19 4.33 4.04 4.79 3.03 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 71.6 3.67 1.00 8.00 100.0 1.15 1.77 3.07 1.99 4.89 1.66 F KY 4 EASTERN 72.3 3.35 1.00 5.00 100.0 1.19 1.45 2.19 2.17 4.43 2.52 F :::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 1 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Well Above Normal Rainfall: Extremely wet conditions soaked the Bluegrass State this past week as an average of nearly 2 inches fell across the Commonwealth. The Bluegrass Region was the overall winner with almost 3 inches coming down, which was around 2 inches above normal. Numerous rounds of showers and thunderstorms soaked Kentucky, with the most prominent system coming Wednesday and into the overnight. An upper level disturbance diving into the state made way for a very warm, humid, and unstable environment. Temperatures on Wednesday rose into the mid to upper 80s with dew points peaking in the low 70s. A line of storms formed later that evening with strong winds and heavy rainfall the primary threats. An EF2 tornado did touch down in LaRue County with winds estimated between 100 and 135 mph. As a side note, the state averaged 6.01 inches of rainfall this past month. This is in comparison to the drought of 2012, where only 0.88 inches fell across the Commonwealth. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 17 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 29 JUN 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 79.3 1.14 0.00 7.71 85.7 1.48 0.00 0.05 -0.02 -0.73 0.50 P KY 2 CENTRAL 77.1 1.68 0.42 7.44 87.3 1.38 0.00 0.29 0.29 -0.16 0.75 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 76.1 2.64 1.00 7.25 91.7 1.35 0.00 1.08 1.16 0.59 0.58 F KY 4 EASTERN 74.8 1.27 0.85 4.44 88.2 1.31 0.00 0.02 -0.17 0.84 0.82 P :::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 25 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Near Normal Rainfall: Summertime warm temperatures and high humidities started moving into the Bluegrass state last week. Much of the state received rain during the first half of the work week with mostly dry conditions for the remainder of the work week. The west and parts of central Kentucky received the greater rainfall totals with much of the remainder of the state receiving below normal rainfall and only about half of what the west received. Many locations west and central reported 90 degrees at least once during the work week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.14 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 16 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 22 JUN 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 76.9 1.04 0.02 8.00 89.1 1.37 0.00 0.07 -0.29 0.58 0.56 P KY 2 CENTRAL 75.0 0.96 0.12 7.44 84.0 1.29 0.00 0.00 -0.33 -1.27 0.47 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 73.6 0.91 0.12 6.84 77.4 1.24 0.00 -0.08 -0.26 -1.90 -0.88 P 2.14 KY 4 EASTERN 72.0 1.24 0.89 4.44 88.8 1.18 0.00 0.19 -0.39 -0.64 0.70 P ::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 17 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: The Bluegrass State saw above normal rainfall this past period with 1.25 inches falling on average across Kentucky. The week started off with an upper level disturbance sparking scattered showers and thunderstorms across the area. Strong to severe storms were evident across the southern reaches of the state, with an EF2 tornado touching down in Logan and Simpson Counties. High pressure moved over the region through Wednesday with mostly sunny conditions. Winds veered to the southwest Wednesday and became gusty. This resulted in the warmest day of the season thus far. A combination of temperatures in the low to mid 90s and very muggy conditions put heat indices approaching the century mark. Conditions remained quiet until Thursday morning when a cold front moved through the area. Severe thunderstorms erupted along a line with damaging winds as the primary impacts. Drier and cooler conditions moved in just after as surface high pressure hovered across Kentucky through Saturday, before turning wet again on Sunday as another upper level disturbance moved through the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 1.65 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 15 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 15 JUN 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 74.8 0.85 0.35 8.00 92.8 1.27 0.00 0.36 -0.49 0.46 0.71 P KY 2 CENTRAL 73.1 1.65 0.45 7.44 87.7 1.20 0.00 0.33 0.44 -1.60 0.71 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 72.5 1.64 0.45 6.84 81.0 1.19 0.00 0.18 0.47 -2.39 -0.64 P 1.65 KY 4 EASTERN 71.4 1.98 0.83 4.44 87.8 1.15 0.00 0.58 0.75 -1.23 0.58 P :::::::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 10 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Cool, dry conditions dominated the work week with little rainfall through mid-week when temperatures increase to seasonal levels. By the weekend, showers and thunderstorms threatened most of the Bluegrass state with widespread coverage Sunday. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.77 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 14 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 8 JUN 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 69.8 0.81 0.77 8.00 97.5 1.04 0.00 0.85 -0.80 -0.01 1.20 F KY 2 CENTRAL 69.9 0.59 0.00 7.44 82.6 1.05 0.00 -0.11 -0.30 -2.41 0.53 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 68.8 0.23 0.00 6.84 76.0 1.03 0.00 -0.29 -0.29 -3.23 -1.05 F 2.77 KY 4 EASTERN 68.9 0.76 0.00 4.44 73.9 1.04 0.00 -0.17 -0.06 -2.75 -0.06 P :::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 3, 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: Mild and dry conditions with increasing humidity were the rule for most of the work week as a frontal system stalled over northern sections of the Ohio Valley. But as the slowly meandering cold front approached Kentucky on Friday, copious rainfall amounts fall in west and central sections of the state. Bluegrass and eastern locations received much less rainfall than west and central. Extensive flooding occurred in western sections of the state with Paducah reporting over 6 inches. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 1.83 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 13 OF THE 2013 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 1 JUN 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 72.7 2.81 1.00 8.00 100.0 1.15 1.12 1.65 1.32 0.28 1.32 P KY 2 CENTRAL 72.3 0.62 0.00 7.84 87.1 1.15 0.00 0.19 -0.54 -0.86 1.03 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 71.9 0.44 0.00 7.50 83.3 1.14 0.00 0.00 -0.61 -0.78 -0.67 P 1.83 KY 4 EASTERN 69.8 0.14 0.00 4.65 77.4 1.07 0.00 -0.11 -0.56 -1.13 0.34 P ::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 20 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall Conditions dried out this past period with less than a half inch on average falling across the state. This was the first time since the start of April that the Commonwealth saw a week of below normal rainfall. The period started off with high pressure centered over the southeastern portion of the United States. This put Kentucky in line to see breezy southwesterly flow and a gradual warming in temperatures through the first half of the work week. Highs rose into the low to mid 80s for Tuesday and Wednesday. Some areas even saw the upper 80s, such as Louisville with high of 88 on Wednesday. Unsettled weather did not make a return until mid-work week when a frontal boundary slowly pushed south on Thursday. This was then followed by an upper level low spinning across the region through the weekend. Scattered showers and thunderstorms were common each afternoon as the state was placed in an unstable and moist air mass. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 63 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 18 MAY 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 64.8 0.22 0.41 8.00 93.5 0.81 0.00 0.78 -0.78 0.75 0.74 P KY 2 CENTRAL 62.9 0.48 0.73 8.00 97.0 0.75 0.00 1.44 -1.43 2.63 2.14 P KY 3 BLUE GRASS 62.1 0.48 0.74 8.00 97.1 0.74 0.00 1.20 -1.19 1.41 0.89 P KY 4 EASTERN 60.6 0.33 0.65 5.00 94.1 0.68 0.00 0.95 -0.95 0.83 1.70 P ::::::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 13 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall Wet and unsettled weather continued this past week across the Commonwealth. Kentucky was above normal in rainfall for the 5th straight week, as on average, 1.38 inches fell across the state. The last time that the Bluegrass State has seen a wet period to this extent was back at about this same time in 2011. Throughout the week, there was isolated to scattered rainfall on nearly a daily basis. The first half of the work week was dominated by cloud cover and rainfall rotating around a pesky upper level low traveling up the mid-Atlantic Seaboard. This was then followed by cold front pushing through the area over the course of Friday. This system brought the most widespread coverage for the week with over an inch falling across much of central Kentucky and into the Bluegrass. The cold front eventually swept through the area later Friday night, but was then followed by a weaker, reinforcing cold front Saturday evening. Scattered showers were once again evident, but the bigger headline was cooler temperatures. After hovering in the 70s and at times, 80s throughout the week, Canadian high pressure bumped highs back into the upper 50s to low 60s for Sunday. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 62 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 11 MAY 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 62.0 1.08 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.69 0.39 1.56 -0.77 1.98 1.23 P KY 2 CENTRAL 60.9 2.07 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.67 1.40 2.87 -0.05 3.65 2.61 F KY 3 BLUE GRASS 60.5 2.43 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.67 1.76 2.39 1.13 2.63 1.39 F KY 4 EASTERN 59.4 1.99 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.63 1.36 1.90 0.84 2.62 2.30 F :::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 6 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall Soaking rains led the Commonwealth to its 4th straight week of above normal rainfall. Over these past 4 weeks, Kentucky has been over 2 inches above normal. Most of the rainfall this past period could be attributed to an upper level low over the weekend. This very slow moving system pulled large amounts of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean as it progressed eastward. Throughout the weekend, the low provided over 1.5 inches of rainfall on average across the state with the most coming across central portions of the Commonwealth. While the period was wet, the start of the work week was dry as surface high pressure nosed into the Bluegrass State. Mostly clear skies were common with highs back into the upper 70s to low 80s. It was not until Saturday and on into Sunday that cloud cover kept temperatures below normal and thus, the Bluegrass Stated ended the week 2 degrees above normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 61 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 4 MAY 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 61.7 1.71 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.67 1.04 2.33 -0.24 1.96 1.24 P KY 2 CENTRAL 62.7 2.29 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.72 1.57 2.92 0.23 2.75 2.34 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 63.0 1.11 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.75 0.36 1.26 -0.53 0.80 0.78 P KY 4 EASTERN 61.8 1.01 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.70 0.31 1.06 -0.44 0.71 1.59 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 29 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall Unsettled weather was the focus of this past period as the Bluegrass State saw multiple opportunities for rainfall. Saying this, the week started off with high pressure to the east and an approaching cold front to the west. Southerly flow kept temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s. It was not until Tuesday evening and into the overnight that the boundary passed through the region. Rainfall amounts averaged over a half inch across the state during this event. Conditions dried out for the remainder of the work week as surface high pressure nosed into the region, but with much cooler temperatures. Clear skies and nearly calm winds created ideal conditions for frost Thursday and Friday morning. The most extensive coverage was seen Thursday as some locations even saw low temperatures drop into the upper 20s. The second round of rainfall came Friday and lasted through the weekend as a slow moving upper level disturbance passed over the Bluegrass State. This brought on and off periods of showers across Kentucky with an average of just over an inch. Highs stayed mainly in the 60s and assisted in leading to the first week of below normal temperatures since the start of the month. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 60 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 27 APR 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 53.6 2.03 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.40 1.63 2.57 0.70 0.55 0.93 P KY 2 CENTRAL 52.2 2.07 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.38 1.69 2.69 0.72 0.84 2.03 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 49.2 1.21 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.31 0.90 1.79 0.01 -0.12 0.79 P KY 4 EASTERN 51.6 1.08 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.37 0.71 1.50 -0.08 0.02 1.69 P :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 22 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall The Bluegrass State was established in a rather unsettled weather pattern for much of this past work week. A surface frontal boundary crept south on Tuesday bringing a round of thunderstorms across primarily the northern half of the state. Some even reached severe limits with damaging winds and large hail the primary threats. Later in the day Wednesday, a developing low pressure system then pushed this boundary north as a warm front. Thursday became the warmest day of the period behind breezy southerly flow. Highs rose into the low 80s across the Commonwealth with numerous wind gusts over 40 mph. As the day wore on, a strong cold front approached from the west and eventually pushed through western portions of the state Thursday evening and exiting Kentucky later in the day Friday. Through its passage, it slowly weakened across the state. Western portions saw the most rainfall with areas averaging more than 1.5 inches, before tapering to less than an inch farther east. Noticeably cooler air filtered into the Ohio Valley following its passage. Highs in the 50s were common on Saturday with patchy frost across the state that morning as winds became calm, skies cleared, and lows got into the low to mid 30s. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 59 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 20 APR 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 61.2 1.78 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.63 1.15 1.87 0.44 -0.32 0.36 P KY 2 CENTRAL 60.6 1.84 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.62 1.22 1.97 0.47 -0.23 1.55 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 59.9 1.89 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.62 1.27 1.78 0.78 -0.41 0.56 P KY 4 EASTERN 60.3 2.02 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.63 1.39 1.58 0.89 -0.04 1.53 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 15 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall Rebound may be the correct word to describe this past week’s weather conditions. First, after going 9 straight weeks with below normal temperatures, the Commonwealth finally broke the cool spell and was above normal for the first time since mid February. Breezy southerly flow for much of the week pushed temperatures into the 70s and at times, low to mid 80s. This came as the state was sandwiched between high pressure along the east coast and an approaching area of low pressure from the west. Lexington even broke a record high on Wednesday when it got to a high of 84. Secondly, the state rebounded from a 2 week dry period, where the state averaged over an inch of rainfall through the week. Over the period, the west did see the most rainfall with an average of 1.78 inches. Most of this came over the course of Wednesday and into Thursday as a line of showers with embedded thunderstorms brought widespread soaking rainfall across the Ohio Valley. Behind the line, a cold front swept through the state sending temperatures plummeting. Westerly flow put temperatures only in the mid 50s to low 60s for Friday and Saturday with patchy frost each night for mainly sheltered and low lying areas. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 58 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 13 APR 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 61.4 1.53 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.62 0.74 1.43 0.39 -0.04 0.11 P KY 2 CENTRAL 60.7 1.54 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.61 0.83 1.50 0.35 0.32 1.21 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 60.6 1.09 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.63 0.32 1.00 -0.08 -0.03 0.15 P KY 4 EASTERN 61.0 0.78 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.63 0.15 0.69 -0.39 -0.19 0.84 P :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 8 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall The Bluegrass State finally saw some warmer temperatures this past week as highs crept into the 70s for the weekend. Saying this, it was still not enough to overcome cooler temperatures earlier in the period and Kentucky witnessed its 7th straight week of below normal temperatures. The week started off with a weak cold front moving through the area with breezy northwest winds and cloud cover limiting temperatures to mainly the mid 40s to mid 50s. High pressure then eventually followed with an extremely dry air mass in place. Relative humidity values dropping into the 20s on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons were common. Thursday was the only real shot at precipitation as an upper level trough passed through the region. The main focus was across the southern portion of the state, where widespread light rainfall was evident. As high pressure returned over the Commonwealth on Friday, temperatures returned to near normal levels. On Saturday, the combination of this high to the east and a low to the west situated Kentucky in strong southerly flow. Highs over the weekend peaked in the low to mid 70s each day. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 57 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 6 APR 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 47.5 0.05 0.83 8.00 98.1 0.22 0.00 1.04 -1.04 0.08 0.02 P KY 2 CENTRAL 45.3 0.09 0.90 8.00 98.9 0.19 0.00 1.15 -1.13 0.45 1.16 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 44.3 0.04 0.86 8.00 98.5 0.18 0.00 1.08 -1.07 0.36 0.30 P KY 4 EASTERN 45.0 0.27 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.19 0.08 1.08 -0.90 -0.07 1.29 P ::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 1 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall The Commonwealth ended the month of March with its 6th straight week of below normal temperatures. While the state did see highs back into the lower 60s by the weekend, it was not enough to offset highs earlier in the week in the mid 30s to low 40s. Overall, the Bluegrass State ended the week on average, 9 degrees below normal. Normal highs for this time of the year are supposed to be in the low to mid 60s. While it was cool, Kentucky finally saw some dry conditions. Only a few notable systems passed through the state over the course of the week. The period started off with a surge of snow showers along the backside of a low pressure system moving through the area on Monday. Although there were some heavier snow bands, surface temperatures kept any accumulations to a minimum. An upper level disturbance then passed through on Friday across mainly western and central portions of the Commonwealth, just before a more statewide event Saturday night. Over the course of the weekend, the state averaged 0.33 inches with higher totals out west. The rest of the week was dry with surface high pressure in place and resulted with the state below normal by a half inch. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 56 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 30 MAR 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 40.7 0.92 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.09 0.83 2.08 -0.41 0.53 0.48 P KY 2 CENTRAL 39.0 0.83 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.07 0.76 2.28 -0.75 1.53 1.84 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 37.9 0.94 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.06 0.88 2.15 -0.37 1.27 0.83 P KY 4 EASTERN 38.4 1.01 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.06 0.95 1.98 -0.09 1.07 1.87 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 25 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall Spring was supposed to start on the 20th, but Mother Nature missed the memo. It was a very cold and wet week across the Commonwealth with temperatures averaging 9 degrees below normal, making this the 5th week in a row with below normal temperatures. The period started off with a strong cold front pushing through the region with nearly all locations seeing at least an inch of rainfall. Another reinforcing cold front swept through the Commonwealth on Wednesday. This was mostly a dry passage with its main effect on temperatures. Lows on Wednesday and Thursday night each dropped unusually low with temperatures in the upper teens and low 20s. Some locations in the east even dropped into the low teens. Normal lows for this time of the year are in the upper 30s. Other than some weak upper level waves, the rest of the week remained fairly dry until late in the weekend with the passage of another area of low pressure. This brought another half inch on average across the state, which put totals for the week just under 2 inches. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 55 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 23 MAR 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 39.0 1.72 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.06 1.66 2.49 0.84 0.71 0.48 P KY 2 CENTRAL 38.7 2.10 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.06 2.04 3.03 1.04 1.58 1.96 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 36.5 1.85 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.04 1.81 2.52 1.11 1.17 0.79 P KY 4 EASTERN 37.9 1.52 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.05 1.47 2.07 0.87 0.63 1.77 P :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 18 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall The Commonwealth finally put an end to the five week stretch of below normal precipitation with the help of an unsettled weather pattern this past period. Over the course of the week, the state averaged 1.33 inches, which was 0.35 inches above normal. The wet week started off with a slowly progressing cold front moving through Kentucky on Monday. Averages near an inch were common with its passage. Numerous upper level disturbances then sparked scattered snow showers the next couple days, but no accumulations were evident. Dry conditions eventually moved in for the remainder of Wednesday with highs only getting into the 30s with breezy conditions. These temperatures helped in leading Kentucky to its 4th straight week of below normal temperatures. Winds shifted to southwesterly on Friday along a warm front, acting to put temperatures into the upper 60s to lower 70s by Saturday, but this was short-lived. A surface low tracking just north of Kentucky sent a cold front through the area with highs on Sunday only getting into the 40s. Another surface boundary then lifted from the south on Sunday providing another round of precipitation with just under a half inch statewide. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 54 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 16 MAR 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 45.7 1.22 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.17 1.05 1.65 0.45 0.54 0.02 P KY 2 CENTRAL 45.0 1.26 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.17 1.09 1.99 0.21 0.73 1.43 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 44.7 1.02 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.17 0.85 1.41 0.29 -0.03 0.12 P KY 4 EASTERN 44.0 0.52 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.15 0.37 1.20 -0.46 -0.45 1.24 P ::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 11 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall The month of March tends to be a transition period for the Bluegrass State and this past week was a prime example. The week started off with unseasonably cool temperatures in place. Highs only crept into mainly the mid 40s to low 50s Monday and Tuesday before only getting into the 30s on Wednesday. Over the course of Tuesday night and into Wednesday, an area of low pressure placed anywhere from a trace to 3 inches of snow across the Commonwealth. Higher totals of 2 to 3 inches were situated in the northern Bluegrass. These slowly diminished to just a trace to 1 inch farther south. Surface high pressure and upper level ridging then moved in later in the work week and into the weekend. Temperatures became very mild by Saturday and Sunday as the state was under gusty southerly flow. As a precursor to a cold front moving through the area Sunday night, temperatures warmed into the upper 60s to lower 70s statewide. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 53 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 9 MAR 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 38.9 0.31 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.06 0.25 1.20 -0.69 -0.04 -0.16 P KY 2 CENTRAL 36.6 1.06 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.03 1.03 1.78 0.28 0.01 1.28 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 34.4 0.64 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.01 0.63 1.12 0.12 -0.77 0.02 P KY 4 EASTERN 33.9 1.12 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.01 1.11 1.66 0.57 -0.47 1.61 P ::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 4 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall This past period marked the seventh week of 2013 with below normal precipitation. The state only averaged 0.69 inches, with most of it coming at the start of the week as a low pressure system pushed northeastward into the Bluegrass State. Rainfall totals were around a half inch with its passage. An upper level low kept the Commonwealth in northwesterly flow for much of the latter half of the work week and into the weekend. Multiple pulses of energy swept around this system, bringing on and off chances of light snow and rain accumulations. Dense cloud cover stuck with the Commonwealth for much of the week, keeping highs in the 30s. Normal highs for this time of the year are in the lower 50s. After the cool and dreary week, the skies finally became mostly clear on Sunday as weak surface high pressure descended over the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 52 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 2 MAR 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 37.4 0.92 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.04 0.88 1.89 -0.13 0.01 0.10 P KY 2 CENTRAL 36.9 0.73 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.04 0.69 1.50 -0.11 -0.75 1.15 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 35.8 0.66 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.03 0.63 1.00 0.13 -1.22 0.03 P KY 4 EASTERN 36.5 0.56 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.03 0.53 1.09 -0.02 -1.47 1.34 P :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 25 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall The Bluegrass State had yet another dry week with Kentucky only averaging 0.85 inches of precipitation. Although the week was mostly dry, plenty of focus was given to a low pressure system pushing through the region on Wednesday and into Thursday. Temperatures fluctuated greatly across the state making for multiple forms of precipitation falling across the Commonwealth. Cooler temperatures led to a wintery mix of sleet and freezing rain in western portions of the state and wrapping around the northern periphery of Kentucky. Areas south remained warm enough for all precipitation to remain as rainfall. Soon after its passage, a warm front pushed through the state and put temperatures back into the 50s for Friday. This was the general trend going into the weekend with surface high pressure providing dry conditions, clear skies, and temperatures hovering around normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 51 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 23 FEB 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 35.2 1.40 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.02 1.38 2.02 0.76 0.59 -0.01 P KY 2 CENTRAL 35.1 1.09 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.02 1.07 1.61 0.53 -0.10 1.25 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 33.6 0.61 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.01 0.60 0.87 0.11 -0.48 0.02 P KY 4 EASTERN 34.9 0.52 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.02 0.50 1.11 -0.10 0.22 1.57 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 18 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall The Commonwealth saw its driest period of 2013 this past week, where the state only averaged just over a tenth of an inch of precipitation. This made for the 5th week of 2013 with below average precipitation. Much of the week was dominated with high pressure in place, which acted to provide dry and quiet conditions. The only notable precipitation events happened on Wednesday and Friday. The first system had a heavy band of snow, which gave way to totals in excess of an inch in central and bluegrass portions of Kentucky, but warmer temperatures led to rapid melting through the afternoon hours. The other system was associated with a weak surface cold front extending into the Bluegrass State on Friday, bringing a light mix of rain and snow showers. Temperatures fluctuated throughout the week, but averaging highs and lows for the entire period led to temperatures right around normal for this time of the year in the mid to upper 30s. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 50 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 16 FEB 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 40.9 0.50 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.08 0.42 1.26 -0.41 -0.49 -0.40 P KY 2 CENTRAL 39.9 0.40 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.07 0.33 1.08 -0.42 -0.84 1.11 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 38.4 0.18 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.06 0.12 0.76 -0.52 -1.06 0.05 P KY 4 EASTERN 38.7 0.41 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.06 0.35 1.21 -0.51 -0.23 1.81 P ::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 11 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall Unseasonably warm conditions stuck with the Commonwealth for the second straight week as temperatures were on average, 6 degrees above normal. The highest temperatures were seen on Thursday out ahead of a low pressure system, where southerly flow pushed temperatures into the 60s statewide. In regards to rainfall, we stayed fairly dry with only a few minor systems moving through the Bluegrass State. The most significant came over the course of Sunday with the movement of a front through the area. As the boundary passed through, western portions of the state benefited the most with just under a half inch of rainfall, but this amount tapered off to around a tenth of an inch to the east. Although the state as a whole was below normal for the 4th time this year, Kentucky is still above normal for the year by 0.82 inches. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 49 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 9 FEB 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 40.3 0.48 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.07 0.41 1.67 -0.84 -0.07 -0.25 P KY 2 CENTRAL 39.1 0.27 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.06 0.21 1.50 -1.07 0.46 1.47 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 35.7 0.24 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.03 0.21 1.28 -0.84 0.19 0.39 P KY 4 EASTERN 37.1 0.28 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.04 0.24 1.72 -1.22 1.93 2.20 P ::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 4 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall A strong low pressure system was at the center of all interest this past week with a combination of warmer temperatures and extreme weather. Earlier in the work week, a low developed and moved north of the Commonwealth with a strong cold front dragging behind. Ahead of the front, strong southwesterly flow pushed highs into the upper 60s and lower 70s through the start of the work week. Throughout the path of the low, rapid intensification took place and resulted with a powerful line of strong to severe storms moving through the Bluegrass State. Widespread damage was observed across Kentucky, with most reports credited to high winds in excess of 70 mph. Tornados were also a problem. An EF2 tornado was reported just east of Bowling Green with winds around 120 to 125 mph. Cooler temperatures returned by late in the work week with highs Friday mainly in the 20s. The last significant precipitation event for the week occurred on Saturday with an Alberta Clipper passing through the Bluegrass. Snowfall totals around 1 to 3 inches were numerous with its passage. Total precipitation for the week was over 1.5 inches statewide, which was just under an inch above normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 48 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 2 FEB 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 40.9 1.85 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.08 1.77 2.51 1.04 1.82 -0.08 P KY 2 CENTRAL 38.7 1.68 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.05 1.63 2.57 0.68 1.51 1.91 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 37.0 1.55 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.04 1.51 2.12 0.90 0.91 0.69 P KY 4 EASTERN 36.8 2.15 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.03 2.12 2.94 1.29 2.14 2.70 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 28 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall The focus for the week was trying to keep warm as frigid temperatures from an arctic air mass invaded the Commonwealth. Over the early portions of the work week, several systems acted to pull extremely cool air down from Canada. Most saw lows on Tuesday morning dip down into the lower teens with some even in the single digits. Highs Tuesday generally didn't get out of the low to mid 20s. The cold temperatures, combined with rather breezy conditions put the livestock coldstress index well into the danger and emergency categories. The only major precipitation event for the week was on Friday as a low pressure system passed to the south. This brought a mix of wintery precipitation to the region. Freezing rain was most prominent to southern Kentucky, with a transition to sleet and even some snow farther north. Ice accumulations of a quarter inch were numerous across the south. The weekend brought a return to pleasant conditions with high pressure in place. Temperatures slowly moderated into the 40s by Sunday. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 1.01 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 47 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 26 JAN 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 29.8 0.09 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.09 1.47 -1.28 0.84 -0.54 P 1.01 KY 2 CENTRAL 27.9 0.19 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.19 1.89 -1.51 0.65 1.57 P KY 3 BLUE GRASS 24.9 0.03 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.03 1.22 -1.16 -0.11 0.29 P KY 4 EASTERN 26.2 0.14 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 0.14 1.65 -1.35 0.33 1.99 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 21 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall The Bluegrass State returned to near seasonal temperatures and rainfall this past week. Temperatures were only 2 degrees above normal, while rainfall was below normal by only around a tenth of an inch. The rainfall producers were mainly felt in the earlier portion of the work week. The most significant was the passing of a low on Tuesday night where many areas in central and Bluegrass portions of Kentucky saw a mix of wintery precipitation. Snow, sleet, and freezing rain were all evident. Warmer temperatures to the southeast kept most of the precipitation as rainfall. Dry with mostly clear conditions moved in by Friday as the Commonwealth was under the influence of surface high pressure. As this high meandered to Kentucky’s southeast Friday night and into Saturday, winds shifted to southerly and sent temperatures soaring across the region. Highs by Saturday were well above normal with highs topping out in the low to mid 50s statewide. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 46 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 19 JAN 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 35.1 1.08 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.01 1.07 2.75 -0.61 1.87 -0.21 P KY 2 CENTRAL 37.7 2.21 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.04 2.17 3.40 0.95 2.21 2.05 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 36.9 1.63 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.04 1.59 2.38 0.82 1.12 0.72 P KY 4 EASTERN 38.3 2.49 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.05 2.44 3.00 1.89 1.81 2.58 F :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 14 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall Extremely warm temperatures and well above normal precipitation set the stage for an unusual second week of January. Temperatures for the period were 16 degrees above normal, but this is nearly an understatement in comparison to the weekend where an average deviation of 24 degrees above normal was felt across the state. Highs rose well into the upper 60s and at times, 70, as a near continual southwest flow of warm air pumped into the Commonwealth. Highs are normally only in the upper 30s to low 40s for this time of the year. Accompanying the warm air was an abundant amount of precipitation later in the work week and into the weekend as multiple waves of low pressure meandered through the Bluegrass State. Over the course of the period, the state saw an average of 2.6 inches fall to the ground. The west was the leader with more than 4 inches of beneficial rainfall following the drought of 2012. The states above normal deviation of 1.72 inches was exceptionally high, as the highest deviation Kentucky saw for the entire year of 2012 was only 1.38 inches back in September. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 45 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 12 JAN 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 45.6 3.09 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.14 2.95 3.36 2.45 1.52 -0.35 P KY 2 CENTRAL 45.3 1.70 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.14 1.56 2.45 0.67 1.59 1.76 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 43.2 1.05 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.12 0.93 1.56 0.31 1.10 0.21 P KY 4 EASTERN 43.6 0.49 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.12 0.37 1.11 -0.37 0.58 1.66 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 7, 2013 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall The Commonwealth rang in the New Year with a weak cold front making its way through the region. While most sections saw around a quarter of an inch with its passage, this event was the only major rainfall producer for the week. Most of the other disturbances were moisture starved and resulted in no significant precipitation. Surface high pressure moved in shortly after New Years, bringing rather quiet and dry conditions for a good portion of the week. After going through a wet December, Kentucky started 2013 with a state rainfall deficit of over a half inch. In addition to dry conditions, the Bluegrass State also saw cool temperatures as the area was 2 degrees below normal for the period. Highs were commonly in the upper 30s to lower 40s, with lows dropping into the low to mid 20s. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.39 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 44 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 5 JAN 2013 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 30.2 0.26 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.04 0.91 -0.38 -0.22 -1.55 P 4.39 KY 2 CENTRAL 31.2 0.28 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.28 1.78 -1.22 2.09 1.39 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 29.4 0.20 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.20 1.25 -0.85 1.58 0.03 P KY 4 EASTERN 31.0 0.32 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 0.32 1.48 -0.84 2.06 2.03 P :::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 31 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall The last week of 2012 ended on the white side as multiple systems brought significant snowfall totals across western, central, and bluegrass portions of the state. A white Christmas came a day late as a mid-level low pressure system tracked northeast through the lower Ohio Valley Tuesday night and into Wednesday. Cool air filtering into the backside of the system setup an extensive snowfall event for mainly western Kentucky with totals in upwards of 4 to 6 inches for the duration of the event. The snow did not stop there as another low crossed the Commonwealth Friday and into the overnight period with another widespread event. Numerous snowfall totals in excess of 3 inches were seen in northwestern and Bluegrass portions of the state. Over the course of the week, rainfall totals in addition to the liquid equivalents of the snowfall were over an inch across the state and were on average, over a quarter inch above normal. This led to the fourth straight week of above normal precipitation. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.72 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 43 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 29 DEC 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 36.1 1.24 1.00 7.78 97.5 0.02 0.00 1.29 0.60 0.31 -1.34 P 3.72 KY 2 CENTRAL 36.4 1.83 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.03 1.80 3.00 0.61 3.17 1.78 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 34.8 1.01 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.02 0.99 2.10 -0.09 3.05 0.30 P KY 4 EASTERN 36.2 1.33 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.03 1.30 2.32 0.30 2.66 2.42 F ::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 24 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall An exceptionally strong cold front stole the headlines this past week as it swept through the Commonwealth on Thursday. After starting the week comfortably with temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s by Wednesday, highs plunged by Friday with readings only making it into the 30s. Winds chill values dropped into the teens and the livestock cold stress index was put into the danger category. Throughout its passage, a tight pressure gradient assisted in very high winds. On Thursday, there were numerous wind gusts of 40 mph, with some even exceeding 50. The system also brought some impressive rainfall totals with most areas of the Commonwealth, with the exception of western portions of Kentucky, seeing at least an inch for the week. As the system moved to the east Friday, moisture wrapping around on the backside of the system changed to snow. Bluegrass and eastern portions of Kentucky were the beneficiaries with very light accumulations. The Bluegrass State then became under the influence of surface high pressure for the weekend, which acted to bring dry and rather cool conditions. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.95 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 42 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 22 DEC 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 46.0 0.68 1.00 6.56 83.9 0.14 0.00 0.69 -0.08 -0.28 -1.65 P 4.95 KY 2 CENTRAL 44.5 1.25 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.13 1.12 2.39 -0.14 2.03 1.50 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 42.6 1.45 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.11 0.55 2.19 0.42 2.04 -0.04 P KY 4 EASTERN 42.1 1.25 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.09 1.16 2.02 0.30 1.68 2.23 F :::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 17 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall It has been a warm December across the Commonwealth thus far, as for the second week in a row Kentucky was witnessing above normal temperatures. Highs across the week averaged in the low 50s, while lows were in the lower 30s, which were both above normal by 4 degrees for this time of year. The week started off with the passage of an upper level wave bringing the brunt of the rainfall for the week. Most areas in central and eastern portions of the state saw around an inch. Surface high pressure and cooler temperatures then moved in through mid work week with highs only getting into the upper 30s to low 40s on Tuesday. Clear skies on Wednesday morning allowed for many to drop into the upper teens to low 20s. As the high shifted to the east later in the week, winds shifted to southerly and temperatures responded with highs jumping into the 50s by Friday and into the 60s through the weekend. As the week came to a close, mostly cloudy conditions dominated with only light scattered showers across the area on Saturday as a warm front lifted north. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.78 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 1.07 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 41 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 15 DEC 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 42.6 0.99 1.00 6.02 78.0 0.09 0.00 0.77 0.15 -0.61 -1.57 P 4.78 KY 2 CENTRAL 42.4 1.94 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.10 1.81 2.53 1.18 1.16 1.39 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 41.3 1.45 1.00 7.21 91.2 0.09 0.00 1.77 0.52 0.63 -0.63 P 1.07 KY 4 EASTERN 42.0 1.59 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.09 1.50 1.72 1.00 0.68 2.07 F ::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 10 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Above Normal Temperatures and Well Above Normal Rainfall This past week made quite the impact on the lengthy dry spell Kentucky had previously been placed under, as the Commonwealth got soaked. After recently going 8 straight weeks with below normal rainfall, the skies opened up and drenched the Bluegrass State with an average of nearly 2 inches across Kentucky. The period started off with southwesterly winds pumping very mild conditions into the Commonwealth in which nearly the whole state saw the low to mid 70s. This was ahead of the first rainfall producer of the week as a cold front swept through on Tuesday. The wet pattern continued later into the work week and into the weekend as multiple frontal boundaries crossed the Commonwealth and brought several rounds of precipitation. Over the course of the weekend alone, Kentucky saw an average of nearly 1.5 inches. Louisville received nearly 3 inches over the same time span. Another significant feature of the week was the well above normal temperatures, which were 15 degrees above normal. This high of a deviation has not been seen since all the way back into mid March. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 5.54 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 3.06 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 40 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 8 DEC 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 56.0 1.29 1.00 5.12 68.0 0.34 0.00 0.62 0.38 -0.36 -1.69 P 5.54 KY 2 CENTRAL 54.0 1.76 1.00 7.97 99.7 0.31 0.00 1.35 1.05 0.53 0.79 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 52.1 2.17 1.00 5.85 76.1 0.28 0.00 1.25 1.15 0.15 -1.16 P 3.06 KY 4 EASTERN 51.3 0.95 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.25 0.70 0.72 0.50 -0.14 1.54 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 3 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Well Below Normal Rainfall Very warm conditions spread throughout the Bluegrass State this past week, leaving some to question whether it really was the beginning of December. The period started off with a cold front passing through the region. Most areas saw around a quarter inch before surface high pressure and dry conditions moved in behind the system. The surface high transitioned to the east coast over the latter half of the work week and southerly winds on the backside of the system acted to pump much warmer air into the Commonwealth. While most areas stayed in the upper 50s to low 60s by the end of the work week, temperatures by Sunday were mostly in the mid to upper 60s across the state. Bowling Green made it all the way up to 72 degrees. These extremely mild high temperatures were on average 16 degrees above normal across the state. Sunday also saw a return of precipitation with an upper level disturbance passing through the northern portion of the state, but once again, the rainfall was not enough from keeping Kentucky to slipping into its 8th straight week of below normal rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 5.71 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 39 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 1 DEC 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 42.6 0.47 1.00 4.17 57.5 0.10 0.00 0.24 0.20 -0.77 -1.85 P 5.71 KY 2 CENTRAL 41.0 0.41 1.00 6.52 83.5 0.08 0.00 0.30 0.11 -0.40 0.33 P KY 3 BLUE GRASS 39.7 0.23 1.00 3.96 55.1 0.07 0.00 0.10 0.08 -1.37 -1.95 P 5.20 KY 4 EASTERN 39.5 0.24 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.06 0.06 0.22 0.06 -0.59 1.40 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 26 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Well Below Normal Rainfall Dry conditions continue to be the trend heading into the end of November as the state was an inch below normal this past week. This was the largest below normal weekly deviation Kentucky has seen all year. A few upper level disturbances passed over the state earlier in the week, but were moisture starved and only brought a combination of cloud cover and some sprinkles. Surface high pressure then descended over the region through mid-week and as this shifted east, temperatures rose back into the 60s for Thanksgiving Day. The mild conditions were short-lived as a strong cold front swept through the Bluegrass State Thursday night and into Friday. This sent temperatures plunging with highs on Saturday mainly in the mid to upper 30s. Just like earlier in the week, precipitation was scarce through this event. Many areas of the Commonwealth did not see any rainfall for the week and led the state to its 7th straight week of below normal rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 5.01 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 4.23 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 38 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 24 NOV 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 46.9 0.02 0.85 3.95 53.4 0.17 0.00 0.04 -0.44 -0.86 -1.75 P 5.01 KY 2 CENTRAL 46.2 0.00 0.84 6.35 79.8 0.16 0.00 0.19 -0.51 -0.45 0.43 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 45.3 0.00 0.84 3.96 53.4 0.16 0.00 0.02 -0.34 -0.70 -1.70 P 4.23 KY 4 EASTERN 45.1 0.03 0.88 5.00 98.1 0.15 0.00 0.16 -0.52 1.32 1.61 P :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 19 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall Cool temperatures were the chilly reminder of last weeks weather patterns. The work week started off with a very strong cold front moving through the Commonwealth. Rainfall was abundant through its passage as most areas across Kentucky saw over a half inch. It was the only opportunity we saw for rainfall over the course of the period, which accounted for the Bluegrass state slipping into its 6th straight week of below normal rainfall. Following the frontal passage, surface high pressure sunk in for the remainder of the week. This made for an extended period of clear, dry, and cool conditions. Highs remained in the 40s following the front before warming into the 50s and low 60s for the weekend. Some of the lowest temperatures of the season were also seen through the overnights with some temperatures dropping into the upper teens. Kentucky ended the week 5 degrees below average, which makes for 9 of the past 10 weeks being near or below normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.55 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.78 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 37 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 17 NOV 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 44.3 0.98 1.00 3.95 55.0 0.13 0.00 0.48 0.41 -0.23 -1.45 P 3.55 KY 2 CENTRAL 43.4 0.95 1.00 6.35 81.7 0.12 0.00 0.70 0.62 -0.08 0.74 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 42.4 0.76 1.00 3.96 55.1 0.11 0.00 0.36 0.32 -0.13 -1.30 P 2.78 KY 4 EASTERN 43.1 0.47 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.12 0.29 0.68 -0.17 1.64 2.02 P :::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 12 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall This past week was rather quiet weather-wise with dry conditions dominant, but ended with a rumble on Saturday as a 4.3 earthquake centered in southeastern Kentucky shook parts of the Commonwealth. The work week started off with a couple shortwaves carrying only minimal amounts of rainfall. The state as a whole only averaged just under a tenth of an inch for the week, which was nearly three quarters of an inch below normal. Kentucky’s dry streak therefore continued with the 5th straight week of below normal rainfall. The skies opened up for the latter half of the period as upper level ridging and surface high pressure worked together to provide the Bluegrass state with dry conditions and very warm temperatures. As the high moved east of Kentucky for the weekend, this put the state in position for strong southerly winds, bringing an Indian summer back to the lower Ohio Valley. Highs rose into the upper 60s and even lower 70s each day, which were about 10 degrees above normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.21 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 3.12 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 36 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 10 NOV 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 46.6 0.15 0.80 3.30 45.6 0.17 0.00 0.07 -0.03 -0.11 -1.79 P 4.21 KY 2 CENTRAL 44.7 0.13 0.75 5.77 72.4 0.14 0.00 0.08 -0.03 -0.32 0.41 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 42.8 0.04 0.92 3.39 47.9 0.12 0.00 0.04 -0.21 -0.52 -1.53 P 3.12 KY 4 EASTERN 42.8 0.05 0.94 5.00 98.9 0.11 0.00 0.85 -0.77 1.43 1.91 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 5 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall Another hurricane? The end of October featured the Commonwealth’s second occasion to see the remnants of a hurricane pass through the area, but this time, the main features included windy conditions and very cool temperatures. As Hurricane Sandy neared the eastern coastline, its central pressure dropped tremendously and a strong pressure gradient developed. This made for very high winds as it meandered west toward the Commonwealth. Wind speeds over 20 mph with gusts over 30 were common during this period. Cold air wrapping around the backside of the low made for highs only getting into the upper 30s and lower 40s for eastern and Bluegrass portions of Kentucky. This helped in leading to the largest below normal temperature deviation we have seen all year. The average temperature across Kentucky for the week was a cool 45 degrees, which was 7 degrees below normal. Along with cold air came a great deal of rainfall for the eastern portion of the state. Precipitation totals well over an inch were common across extreme eastern portions of Kentucky. Some higher elevations even saw over a foot of snow. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.54 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.33 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 35 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 3 NOV 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 46.9 0.00 0.82 3.30 45.8 0.18 0.00 0.10 -0.05 0.30 -1.66 P 3.54 KY 2 CENTRAL 45.1 0.07 0.76 5.77 72.5 0.15 0.00 0.11 -0.04 -0.31 0.55 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 42.6 0.55 1.00 3.39 48.8 0.12 0.00 0.25 0.19 -0.38 -1.29 P 2.33 KY 4 EASTERN 41.9 1.72 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.10 0.37 1.62 1.45 1.68 2.12 F :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 29 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall Headlines this past week were all about the Indian summer and the proceeding blast of cold air into the weekend. Surface high pressure to our southeast kept a near continual surge of southerly winds packing into our region through the work week. This brought much warmer temperatures into the state with nearly all regions of Kentucky making it up into the upper 70s to low 80s. Putting this into perspective, normal highs for this time of year are only in the mid to upper 60s. As the weekend approached, a very strong cold front passed through the Ohio Valley. While most sections of the Commonwealth saw beneficial rainfall of at least a quarter inch, the bigger headline was the much cooler temperatures. Cold air, accompanied with strong northerly winds behind the front sent temperatures plunging, with highs only in the 40s and 50s for the remainder of the weekend. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.19 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 3.10 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 34 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 27 OCT 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 61.5 0.56 1.00 3.30 47.8 0.53 0.00 0.15 -0.24 1.48 -1.48 P 3.19 KY 2 CENTRAL 60.1 0.34 0.84 5.77 73.4 0.50 0.00 0.15 -0.22 0.96 0.69 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 59.2 0.42 0.64 3.32 44.0 0.49 0.00 0.06 0.01 -0.35 -1.53 P 3.10 KY 4 EASTERN 59.0 0.26 0.65 4.10 79.2 0.48 0.00 0.17 0.00 0.43 1.47 P ::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 22 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall It was another chilly week across the Commonwealth with the state seeing its 6th straight week, going back to the start of September, of normal or below normal temperatures. While most of the week was on the cool side, warmer temperatures were found ahead of a cold front ushering through the area. Strong southwesterly winds with gusts over 30 mph at times, put highs well into the 70s midway through the work week. This cold front supplied the only significant rainfall event for the period. The western part of the state came out as the leaders in precipitation with just under an inch measured. They were the only area of Kentucky to see above normal precipitation, which resulted in the state being below normal for the second straight week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.35 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.88 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 33 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 20 OCT 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 58.9 1.04 1.00 3.27 47.5 0.47 0.00 0.39 0.20 1.80 -1.56 P 3.35 KY 2 CENTRAL 56.8 0.71 1.00 5.77 75.3 0.43 0.00 0.37 0.02 2.07 0.80 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 55.4 0.32 0.71 3.32 44.7 0.40 0.00 0.05 0.02 0.74 -1.48 P 2.88 KY 4 EASTERN 54.6 0.27 0.87 4.10 82.8 0.37 0.00 0.17 -0.18 1.42 1.63 P :::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 15 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall A temperature swing was the center of most attention this last period. Surface high pressure dominated most of the work week with clear skies and chilly conditions. Temperatures were coolest on Thursday morning where many in the Bluegrass portion of Kentucky saw morning lows drop down into the low 30s and even the upper 20s. One station even reported a temperature of 26. It was not until the weekend when temperatures became warmer than normal. A low pressure system with very strong southerly winds of over 20 mph at times and gusts well into the 30s allowed for highs to rebound into the upper 70s and even lower 80s. Although temperatures made a comeback, rainfall was at a minimum last week. After 3 straight weeks of above normal rainfall, Kentucky ended the week nearly a half inch below normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.70 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.71 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 32 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 13 OCT 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 52.2 0.44 1.00 2.70 41.1 0.31 0.00 0.19 -0.22 1.15 -2.06 P 4.70 KY 2 CENTRAL 51.4 0.09 0.79 5.70 72.1 0.30 0.00 0.35 -0.50 2.42 0.58 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 49.1 0.05 0.79 3.32 45.7 0.26 0.00 0.03 -0.05 1.14 -1.44 P 2.71 KY 4 EASTERN 49.8 0.24 0.97 4.10 84.5 0.27 0.00 0.35 -0.51 4.04 1.69 P :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 8 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall Unseasonably cooler temperatures overran the Ohio Valley this past weekend as a strong cold front made its presence known. After a couple days of seeing temperatures rise up into the mid 70s and around 80 near mid week, highs only made it up into the mid to upper 50s through the weekend with the departure of the front. The cooler conditions led to the Commonwealths 4th straight week of below to near normal temperatures. Rainfall for the week was once again above normal with central portions experiencing the most at an average of an inch and a half. Most of the rainfall can be attributed to a low pressure system tracking north earlier in the work week bringing widespread precipitation. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 5.44 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.59 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 31 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 6 OCT 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 60.0 1.27 1.00 2.57 39.6 0.52 0.00 0.41 0.19 0.71 -2.21 P 5.44 KY 2 CENTRAL 60.7 1.52 1.00 5.70 74.5 0.56 0.00 0.85 0.21 2.13 0.73 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 60.8 0.72 1.00 3.32 48.0 0.57 0.00 0.08 -0.10 0.88 -1.30 P 2.59 KY 4 EASTERN 62.1 0.95 1.00 4.10 85.1 0.61 0.00 0.86 -0.12 3.42 1.69 P :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 1 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall The last week of September followed the same wet pattern we have been witnessing for nearly the entire month. A frontal boundary was draped over the Bluegrass State for practically the entire work week, bringing scattered chances of rainfall on nearly a daily basis. All sections of the Commonwealth averaged over an inch of precipitation, and the state ended the week nearly a half inch above normal. The boundary moved south into Friday and skies cleared for the weekend as dry conditions and comfortable temperatures took control over the Ohio Valley. Temperatures started off the week on the cool side as surface high pressure guided lows into the mid 30s to low 40s on Monday morning, but quickly recovered. The frontal boundary kept temperatures right around normal for the rest of the week with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 7.58 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 3.29 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 30 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 29 SEP 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 64.4 1.01 0.43 2.39 31.3 0.67 0.00 0.22 0.12 1.65 -2.85 P 7.58 KY 2 CENTRAL 62.6 1.52 1.00 4.74 63.8 0.63 0.00 0.64 0.30 3.12 -0.03 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 60.8 1.34 1.00 3.17 46.4 0.59 0.00 0.18 0.51 2.66 -1.55 P 3.29 KY 4 EASTERN 59.5 1.00 1.00 3.76 79.3 0.54 0.00 0.98 -0.10 3.91 1.26 P :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 24 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Well Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall Colder temperatures invaded the lower Ohio Valley last week as multiple frontal passages ushered very cool air down from Canada. The Commonwealth woke up a few times this week with lows averaging in the upper 30s to low 40s as surface high pressure descended over the area. Temperatures for the week were on average 5 degrees below normal, which was the greatest below normal reading we have seen this entire year. In regards to rainfall, the highest amounts were connected with the eastern portion of the state, where a low pressure system moved northeast over the area earlier in the work week. Precipitation totals in access of 2 inches were numerous over this period for this general area. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 8.58 inches, Central 1.38 inches, Bluegrass 5.20 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 29 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 22 SEP 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 65.1 0.52 0.09 2.39 27.5 0.71 0.00 0.10 0.03 1.90 -3.20 P 8.58 KY 2 CENTRAL 63.7 1.28 0.76 4.09 53.9 0.68 0.00 0.34 0.15 1.73 -0.78 P 1.38 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 62.1 0.80 0.36 3.06 38.0 0.64 0.00 -0.33 0.37 0.91 -2.28 P 5.20 KY 4 EASTERN 62.6 2.61 1.00 3.30 71.6 0.65 0.00 1.08 1.33 2.12 0.70 P :::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 17 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall It was a very quiet week across the Commonwealth as dry conditions were in control. After two straight weeks of well above normal rainfall, the combination of surface high pressure and upper level ridging kept conditions dry for most of the week. Kentucky as a whole ended the period 0.78 inches below normal. The west and central portions of the state were the only ones to see any significant rainfall as a disturbance passed through the area over the course of Saturday evening. Temperatures were only below normal by two degrees, which made for a rather comfortable week with highs only averaging in the upper 70s. High pressure in place for most of the period resulted in rather extensive diurnal swings with lows dropping into the 50s at night. Some areas even saw lows plunge into the mid 40s. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 8.56 inches, Central 2.95 inches, Bluegrass 5.78 inches and East 2.01 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 28 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 15 SEP 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 68.6 0.13 0.28 2.39 29.7 0.85 0.00 0.07 -0.26 1.28 -3.28 P 8.56 KY 2 CENTRAL 67.9 0.00 0.16 4.09 47.3 0.84 0.00 0.19 -0.14 0.24 -1.34 P 2.95 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 66.4 0.00 0.20 3.06 36.3 0.80 0.00 -0.70 0.13 -0.19 -2.57 P 5.78 KY 4 EASTERN 66.4 0.01 0.00 2.34 39.0 0.80 0.00 -0.25 -0.14 -1.35 -1.17 P 2.01 :::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 10 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Well Above Normal Rainfall Excessive rainfall drenched the Commonwealth last week with the combination of a couple strong systems and the eventual departure of Isaac. The holiday was somewhat of a letdown this year as the remnants of Isaac put a damper on outdoor activities. Rain continued to fall in mainly bluegrass and eastern portions of the state before finally moving clear of the area Tuesday. Precipitation then continued on into the work week as a shortwave and strong cold front brought a couple lines of strong and severe storms through the area. Each system had significant rainfall as both had widespread precipitation following the initial line. Over the course of the week, Kentucky saw an average of just over 2 inches, which was over an inch above normal. This was the highest amount of above normal rainfall we have seen all year. The departure of the front on Saturday brought much cooler temperatures as northwest winds kept highs in the mid to upper 70s and lows in the 50s throughout the rest of the weekend. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 8.38 inches, Central 2.41 inches, Bluegrass 5.35 inches and East 1.51 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 27 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 8 SEP 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 77.2 2.58 1.00 2.39 37.7 1.21 0.00 0.33 0.96 2.41 -3.15 P 8.38 KY 2 CENTRAL 77.0 2.94 1.00 4.09 56.5 1.20 0.00 0.33 1.48 0.72 -1.02 P 2.41 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 76.0 2.76 1.00 3.06 45.1 1.17 0.00 -0.83 1.62 -0.48 -2.25 P 5.35 KY 4 EASTERN 75.4 1.79 0.64 2.40 50.6 1.15 0.00 -0.11 0.84 -1.02 -0.77 P 1.51 ::::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 3 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall The remnants of Hurricane Isaac dominated headlines last week as the system slowly progressed through the nations midsection. Throughout the holiday weekend, the Commonwealth saw multiple rounds of scattered precipitation. When portions of the Bluegrass State did see rainfall, it was abundant and at times, torrential. The tropical air mass in place supplied the system with an elevated amount of moisture and was represented through the higher rainfall totals in numerous bands of precipitation. The state ended the week 0.51 inches above normal as most sections of the state received an inch or more. Western portions of Kentucky saw an average of about 2 inches, which was highly beneficial as they still remain in extreme to exceptional drought conditions. In addition, Kentucky did see an end to our 3 week stretch of near to below normal temperatures as the state ended the week 4 degrees above normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Dry, Yield Prospects Reduced EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 12.29 inches, Central 7.10 inches, Bluegrass 9.33 inches and East 3.52 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 26 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 1 SEP 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 79.4 1.64 0.31 1.71 22.5 1.33 0.00 -0.63 1.01 -0.42 -4.51 P 12.29 KY 2 CENTRAL 77.8 0.52 0.00 3.35 37.2 1.26 0.00 -1.15 -0.27 -1.55 -2.66 P 7.10 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 76.3 0.24 0.00 2.47 27.5 1.20 0.00 -2.45 -0.35 -3.24 -3.86 F 9.33 KY 4 EASTERN 75.2 0.12 0.00 2.40 40.0 1.17 0.00 -0.95 -0.75 -1.48 -1.63 P 3.52 :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 27 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Well Below Normal Rainfall Quiet and comfortable conditions were experienced across the Bluegrass State last week. Dry conditions dominated as the Commonwealth was under the influence of surface high pressure and upper level ridging. Kentucky saw its third straight week of below normal rainfall, as it ended 0.75 inches below average. The area hasn’t seen a deficit this large since the last week of June. Temperatures were also on the cool side for the second straight week as the state fell 3 degrees below normal. This was mainly due to mostly clear conditions throughout the overnight hours giving way to low temperatures that were on average 6 degrees below normal across the state. Some portions of the state even dropped into the upper 40s for the second straight week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Dry, Yield Prospects Reduced EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 13.65 inches, Central 6.08 inches, Bluegrass 8.74 inches and East 1.90 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 25 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 25 AUG 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 74.1 0.01 0.00 1.71 19.0 1.12 0.00 -1.64 -0.10 -1.21 -5.11 P 13.65 KY 2 CENTRAL 71.9 0.02 0.00 3.65 40.6 1.04 0.00 -0.88 -0.83 -0.84 -2.34 P 6.08 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 70.4 0.15 0.00 2.77 30.8 1.00 0.00 -2.10 -0.30 -3.27 -3.66 F 8.74 KY 4 EASTERN 70.3 0.09 0.00 2.91 48.5 1.00 0.00 -0.20 -0.30 -0.68 -0.99 P 1.90 :::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 20 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall Attention last week seemed to be drawn to the well below normal temperatures across the Commonwealth. Areas averaged 4 degrees below normal for this mid- August time frame, with highs only averaging in the lower 80s and lows in the lower 60s. Some spots in the west even saw lows drop all the way into the upper 40s. This comes as the area has seen multiple strong cold fronts pass through during the last couple weeks. Precipitation was also slightly below normal for the second straight week with the state being nearly a tenth of an inch below average. Following a frontal passage later in the work week, the weekend was very comfortable as surface high pressure descended on the lower Ohio Valley and brought dry conditions, mostly clear skies, and even cooler temperatures. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Improvement But Still Too Dry CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 12.86 inches, Central 4.80 inches, Bluegrass 8.49 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 24 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 18 AUG 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 72.3 1.64 0.57 1.82 26.6 1.07 0.00 -1.54 1.36 -1.55 -4.70 P 12.86 KY 2 CENTRAL 71.3 0.79 0.00 4.12 45.8 1.04 0.00 -0.05 -0.05 -0.28 -1.84 P 4.80 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 70.7 0.16 0.00 3.06 34.0 1.03 0.00 -1.80 -0.41 -2.21 -3.48 F 8.49 KY 4 EASTERN 70.2 0.50 0.38 3.19 59.4 1.01 0.00 0.10 -0.10 0.65 -0.47 P :::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 13 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near normal temperatures and below normal rainfall An impressive cold front was the highlight of last week as it brought much cooler temperatures and less humid conditions to the Bluegrass State. Going into the weekend, highs were in the upper 70s to mid 80s. This led to all portions of Kentucky with temperatures near or slightly below normal for the weekly average. In regards to rainfall, the state was fairly dry overall as surface high pressure dominated both the start of the work week and following the frontal passage into the weekend. After four straight weeks of above normal rainfall, the state ended the week almost a half an inch below normal. This was an unwelcome sign as western sections of the state continue in exceptional drought conditions. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Dry, Yield Prospects Reduced CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 15.36 inches, Central 5.24 inches, Bluegrass 8.35 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 23 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 11 AUG 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 78.9 0.17 0.00 1.82 20.2 1.38 0.00 -2.90 -0.76 -2.69 -5.37 F 15.36 KY 2 CENTRAL 77.3 0.74 0.00 4.24 47.2 1.31 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.34 -1.88 P 5.24 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 76.0 0.53 0.00 3.39 37.7 1.26 0.00 -1.39 -0.29 -1.20 -3.28 F 8.35 KY 4 EASTERN 75.0 1.49 0.89 3.19 68.0 1.23 0.00 0.20 0.32 1.89 -0.30 P :::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 6 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above normal temperatures and above normal rainfall Extremely warm temperatures and high humidity continued to lay claim to the state of Kentucky. In relation to this, the Bluegrass State witnessed its 8th straight week of above or near normal temperatures. Continuing the trend from recent weeks, Kentucky did see numerous rounds of beneficial precipitation. It was hit and miss across the lower Ohio Valley during the period, until a more organized cold front came through on Sunday that brought widespread precipitation and cooler temperatures. The multiple rounds of precipitation resulted in Kentucky seeing its 4th straight week of above normal rainfall. The western climate division was also above normal for the week, ending over a half of an inch above average. The rainfall was very beneficial in helping to alleviate exceptional drought in the west. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Drought Eased But Still Serious CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 15.25 inches, Central 5.09 inches, Bluegrass 8.10 inches and East 1.67 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 22 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 4 AUG 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 82.2 1.18 0.00 2.10 23.3 1.59 0.00 -2.14 0.60 -1.24 -5.16 F 15.25 KY 2 CENTRAL 79.2 1.37 0.37 4.34 52.3 1.41 0.00 0.00 0.27 1.39 -1.76 P 5.09 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 77.1 0.34 0.00 3.69 41.0 1.33 0.00 -1.10 -0.64 -0.69 -3.13 F 8.10 KY 4 EASTERN 76.2 0.94 0.63 3.19 63.7 1.31 0.00 -0.12 0.06 2.86 -0.74 P 1.67 :::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 30 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: Hot and humid start of the work week transitioned into a much cooler and wet pattern by weeks end. Heat indices were well into the 100s for most of the work week and led to the 7th straight week of above normal temperatures. Exceptional drought conditions continued to expand and deepen across western portions of Kentucky, but were aided with the propagation of a stronger cold front through the lower Ohio Valley in the latter half of the work week. The frontal boundary was associated with some severe weather as the atmosphere was very unstable, but it was very beneficial in regards to rainfall totals. Kentucky, as a whole, saw its third straight week of above normal rainfall, but the west continued to struggle and ended the week a half of an inch below normal. The weekend brought much relief to the Bluegrass State, as surface high pressure brought near normal temperatures and lower dew points, which acted to end the streak of extreme temperatures and high humidity that the state had been witnessing. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Dry, Yield Prospects Reduced CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 15.70 inches, Central 5.98 inches, Bluegrass 7.07 inches and East 1.62 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 21 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 28 JUL 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 84.4 0.39 0.00 2.20 24.5 1.70 0.00 -2.74 -0.91 -2.08 -5.23 F 15.70 KY 2 CENTRAL 82.2 1.03 0.41 4.34 52.8 1.62 0.00 -0.27 0.18 0.07 -1.99 P 5.98 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 80.1 1.60 0.10 4.09 46.6 1.53 0.00 -0.46 0.44 -1.20 -2.69 P 7.07 KY 4 EASTERN 78.2 1.68 1.00 3.19 69.9 1.42 0.00 -0.18 0.12 2.35 -0.68 P 1.62 ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 23 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: Hot and humid conditions returned to the Bluegrass state for the beginning of the work week, helping to account for the 6th straight week of normal or above normal temperatures. Rainfall was also well above normal for most sections of Kentucky as the area was under a very unstable and moist air mass. Earlier portions of the work week were dominated by diurnal showers and thunderstorms, while a cold front passed through toward the end, bringing a more organized precipitation event. Western parts of the state were once again, excluded from any significant rainfall opportunities and ended the week well below normal. The lack in precipitation expanded and deepened exceptional drought conditions in the west, while all other areas saw significant improvement. The week ended with dryer and cooler conditions following the passage of the front, bringing a brief relief from hot and humid conditions to the lower Ohio Valley. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Improvement But Still Too Dry CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 14.96 inches, Central 5.73 inches, Bluegrass 7.56 inches and East 2.71 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 20 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 21 JUL 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 83.1 0.91 0.00 2.58 28.7 1.67 0.00 -1.83 0.20 -2.55 -5.01 P 14.96 KY 2 CENTRAL 80.9 1.91 1.00 4.34 59.4 1.58 0.00 -0.45 0.32 -1.03 -1.92 P 5.73 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 79.0 1.48 0.03 4.09 45.8 1.45 0.00 -0.90 0.59 -2.91 -2.95 P 7.56 KY 4 EASTERN 77.0 1.98 1.00 2.93 65.5 1.38 0.00 -0.30 0.34 0.20 -1.16 P 2.71 :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 16 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall Widespread, beneficial rainfall returned to the Bluegrass state last week as a frontal system slowly meandered north and south of the Kentucky/Tennessee border. Rainfall dominated the southern half of the state during the workweek and became more widespread during the weekend. Central and east received the greater amounts of rainfall last week, but all areas received above normal rainfall. Extreme temperatures were in the mid 90s but the weekly average was tempered by extended cloud cover and a much cooler second half of the workweek and weekend. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Drought Eased But Still Serious CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Improvement But Still Too Dry EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 14.34 inches, Central 7.24 inches, Bluegrass 7.96 inches and East 4.59 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 19 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 14 JUL 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 80.2 1.86 0.30 2.72 33.6 1.56 0.00 -2.03 1.34 -3.51 -4.79 P 14.34 KY 2 CENTRAL 79.1 2.20 0.74 4.27 55.7 1.46 0.00 -0.77 1.08 -2.87 -2.42 P 7.24 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 77.9 1.15 0.00 4.09 45.4 1.41 0.00 -1.49 0.46 -4.34 -3.18 F 7.96 KY 4 EASTERN 76.0 2.51 1.00 2.33 55.6 1.35 0.00 -0.64 1.23 -2.14 -1.96 P 4.59 ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 9 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Much Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall Record and near record temperatures dominated this past work week, as drought conditions continued to intensify and expand eastward across the Bluegrass state. High temperatures averaged in the upper 90s across the state, which is 11 degrees above normal for this time of year. Most locations had several days with high temperatures at or above 100 degrees. Extreme hydrologic drought conditions continued in western sections of the state, while a severe drought developed and expanded east over the southern portion of Kentucky. While the weekend started following a similar pattern, it ended wet for the northern portions of the state, with the passage of a slow moving cold front. This event brought much needed rainfall to the state as we ended the week only 20% below normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Severely Dry; Potential Yields Reduced By Dr CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 16.15 inches, Central 9.55 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 7.57 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 18 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 7 JUL 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 87.5 0.62 0.00 2.72 30.2 1.86 0.00 -3.37 -0.36 -4.90 -5.26 F 16.15 KY 2 CENTRAL 85.3 0.39 0.00 4.27 47.4 1.79 0.00 -1.85 -0.63 -4.68 -3.12 F 9.55 KY 3 BLUE GRASS 83.6 0.25 0.00 4.21 46.8 1.73 0.00 -1.95 -0.71 -5.10 -3.21 F 8.21 KY 4 EASTERN 81.6 0.91 0.00 2.17 36.2 1.65 0.00 -1.87 -0.15 -4.77 -3.20 F 7.57 ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 2, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Much Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Exceptionally hot temperatures and dry conditions dominated the Bluegrass state last week as drought conditions continued to deepen and expand. Record and near record temperatures occurred during the middle of the workweek and on the weekend, especially across west and central sections. Locations in the west had 4 to 5 days with temperatures of 100 degrees or greater and livestock heat stress in the emergency category. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Severely Dry; Potential Yields Reduced By Dr CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 15.64 inches, Central 8.33 inches, Bluegrass 6.94 inches and East 6.90 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 17 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 30 JUN 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 81.7 0.00 0.00 3.15 35.0 1.64 0.00 -3.01 -0.96 -4.81 -5.04 F 15.64 KY 2 CENTRAL 79.0 0.00 0.00 5.05 56.2 1.47 0.00 -1.22 -0.63 -4.18 -2.80 F 8.33 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 76.8 0.03 0.00 5.04 56.0 1.38 0.00 -1.24 -0.57 -4.49 -2.77 F 6.94 KY 4 EASTERN 75.4 0.02 0.00 2.48 41.4 1.33 0.00 -1.72 -0.76 -4.90 -3.00 F 6.90 ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 25, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Another hot, dry week for Kentucky. Drought conditions continued to deepen and expand eastward across the Bluegrass state last week. Western sections continued in extreme hydrologic drought and the moderate drought category had developed in eastern sections of the state. Temperatures were in the 90s most of the week, especially west where upper 90s occurred on Sunday. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Dry, Yield Prospects Reduced CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 14.82 inches, Central 7.29 inches, Bluegrass 6.12 inches and East 6.06 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 16 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 23 JUN 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 79.4 0.06 0.00 3.85 42.8 1.49 0.00 -2.05 -0.81 -4.08 -4.66 F 14.82 KY 2 CENTRAL 78.3 0.10 0.00 6.04 67.1 1.44 0.00 -0.59 -0.42 -2.57 -2.42 F 7.29 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 76.9 0.25 0.00 5.93 65.8 1.38 0.00 -0.67 -0.37 -3.10 -2.36 F 6.12 KY 4 EASTERN 75.9 0.30 0.00 3.18 53.0 1.36 0.00 -0.96 -0.49 -3.59 -2.54 F 6.06 ::::::::::::: Date: Monday June 18, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Both the beginning of the workweek and the weekend were wet and seasonably warm. West and Bluegrass areas received beneficial rainfall last week as seasonably warm temperatures peaked at week's end into the upper 80s and low 90s. The weekend was mostly cloudy and wet with scattered showers and thunderstorms. In the past 30 days, the state has received less than half of normal rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 13.94 inches, Central 6.18 inches, Bluegrass 5.29 inches and East 5.29 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 15 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 16 JUN 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 74.1 0.41 0.00 4.58 50.9 1.24 0.00 -1.24 -0.33 -3.99 -4.31 F 13.94 KY 2 CENTRAL 72.8 0.20 0.00 7.09 78.8 1.19 0.00 -0.17 -0.19 -2.39 -2.07 F 6.18 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 71.5 0.30 0.00 6.78 75.3 1.15 0.00 -0.30 -0.21 -2.97 -2.02 F 5.29 KY 4 EASTERN 70.7 0.25 0.00 3.86 64.3 1.12 0.00 -0.47 -0.32 -3.21 -2.18 F 5.29 ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 11, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The week started off with scattered showers and cooler temperatures. Dry weather returned for the remainder of the workweek and into the weekend as cooler temperatures warmed slightly to more seasonal, muggy levels by the weekend. This was the 2nd straight week with near or below normal temperatures and the 4th week straight with near or below nroaml rainfall. The far western sections of the state recieved about 35 percent of normal rainfall which was the most received for the week across the state and the most received by that area in weeks. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 13.33 inches, Central 5.25 inches, Bluegrass 4.54 inches and East 3.80 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 14 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 9 JUN 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 70.0 0.39 0.00 5.04 56.0 1.05 0.00 -0.91 -0.23 -4.37 -4.08 F 13.33 KY 2 CENTRAL 67.6 0.30 0.00 7.96 88.5 0.96 0.00 0.02 -0.49 -1.58 -1.80 F 5.25 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 65.6 0.10 0.00 7.48 83.2 0.90 0.00 -0.09 -0.19 -2.09 -1.75 F 4.54 KY 4 EASTERN 65.2 0.07 0.00 4.51 75.2 0.89 0.00 -0.15 -0.16 -2.26 -1.59 P 3.80 ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 4, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near Normal Temperatures and Near Normal Rainfall: The week started off hot and dry with temperatures in the 90s. By mid- week temperatures had started to cool and widespread rainfall occurred. Central and Bluegrass sections of the state benefitted by receiving 1 to 2 inches of rain. Even southeastern sections received a good soaking. Yet to benefit completely was western Kentucky where isolated to scattered rainfall occurred but not everywhere. For example, Mayfield received 1.26 inches but Paducah only received 0.07 inches of rain for the 7 day period. The weekend was very cool with isolated showers. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 12.68 inches, Central 4.90 inches, Bluegrass 3.33 inches and East 2.27 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 13 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 2 JUN 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 72.2 0.88 0.00 5.44 60.5 1.14 0.00 -0.68 0.09 -4.34 -3.85 F 12.68 KY 2 CENTRAL 70.7 1.62 0.62 8.00 95.8 1.08 0.00 0.51 0.50 -0.88 -1.60 F 4.90 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 69.6 1.15 0.22 8.00 91.3 1.05 0.00 0.10 0.09 -0.93 -1.22 P 3.33 KY 4 EASTERN 70.3 0.93 0.23 5.00 87.2 1.09 0.00 0.01 0.00 -1.31 -0.90 P 2.27 ::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 29, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperature and Below Normal Rainfall: Very limited rainfall from isolated showers and thunderstorms again this week. A warming trend soared to record and near-record temperatures by the end of the workweek and extended thru the entire Memorial Day weekend. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 11.94 inches, Central 5.28 inches, Bluegrass 3.14 inches and East 1.60 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 12 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 26 MAY 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 72.8 0.42 0.00 5.60 62.2 1.15 0.00 -0.77 -0.25 -4.66 -3.68 F 11.94 KY 2 CENTRAL 72.4 0.22 0.08 8.00 89.7 1.14 0.00 0.01 -0.19 -0.93 -1.73 P 5.28 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 70.7 0.21 0.12 8.00 90.3 1.09 0.00 0.01 -0.21 -0.67 -1.17 P 3.14 KY 4 EASTERN 69.6 0.44 0.39 5.00 89.9 1.05 0.00 0.01 -0.25 -0.77 -0.66 P 1.60 ::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 21, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: After a couple weeks with above normal rainfall, last week was very dry. Temperatures averaged above normal for the week but they started out the workweek on the cool side. By the weekend, temperatures had warmed to the mid to upper 80s and dewpoint temperatures in the mid 60s provided muggy conditions. This was the fourth straight week with above normal temperatures. Much of the far western section of the state had moved into severe drought. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 10.46 inches, Central 2.94 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 11 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 19 MAY 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 69.8 0.25 0.00 6.09 67.7 1.01 0.00 -0.52 -0.27 -4.42 -3.33 F 10.46 KY 2 CENTRAL 67.1 1.05 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.91 0.14 0.20 -0.37 -0.42 -1.07 P 2.94 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 64.6 1.01 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.84 0.17 0.22 -0.32 0.17 -0.45 P KY 4 EASTERN 64.2 0.98 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.82 0.16 0.26 -0.33 0.53 -0.05 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 14, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperature and Above Normal Rainfall: The week started warm with scattered showers, then turned slightly cooler and drier thru Friday. Beneficial rainfall returned to most of the state during the weekend with rainfall totals of one-half to 2 inches common for central and Bluegrass regions. Rainfall was very limited for west and southeast. Last week was the second week straight with above normal temperatures and rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 9.10 inches, Central 2.68 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 10 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 12 MAY 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 67.2 0.68 0.00 6.65 73.9 0.89 0.00 -0.25 -0.01 -3.81 -2.95 F 9.10 KY 2 CENTRAL 66.0 1.19 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.86 0.33 0.57 -0.16 -0.76 -0.99 P 2.68 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 64.1 1.33 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.80 0.53 0.54 0.03 -0.54 -0.41 P KY 4 EASTERN 63.8 1.04 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.79 0.25 0.59 -0.26 -0.38 0.03 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 7, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Much Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: It was a muggy, very warm and mostly dry workweek. Scattered storms threatened on Monday for southern locations. Beneficial rains of 1 to 2 inches returned on Friday to much of the Central, Bluegrass and eastern sections of the state after six weeks of below normal rainfall. The western counties that needed rainfall the most received the least last week and abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions, especially west, continued to threatened crops. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 8.78 inches, Central 3.12 inches, Bluegrass 1.51 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 9 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 5 MAY 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 74.6 0.84 0.00 6.81 75.7 1.18 0.00 -0.24 -0.07 -3.85 -2.71 F 8.78 KY 2 CENTRAL 72.2 1.84 1.00 8.00 100.0 1.09 0.05 0.73 0.67 -1.80 -1.00 P 3.12 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 69.8 1.51 1.00 8.00 100.0 1.00 0.51 0.51 0.22 -1.60 -0.57 P 1.51 KY 4 EASTERN 69.7 1.52 1.00 5.00 100.0 1.01 0.51 0.85 0.02 -1.44 0.08 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 1, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Patchy frost threatened again last week but mostly central and east. And, while it started off cool, by mid-week many locations experienced near to low 80s. Rainfall continued to be scarce in the west and parts of central Kentucky last week. The west only received 12 percent of normal rainfall last week and continued to dry-out, and received less than 25 percent for the past 30 days. Eastern sections received 120 percent of normal rainfall last week. Last week was also the 6th week straight with below normal rainfall in Kentucky. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 7.60 inches, Central 3.22 inches, Bluegrass 1.43 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 8 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 28 APR 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 58.8 0.22 0.00 7.08 78.7 0.56 0.00 -0.17 -0.08 -3.86 -2.43 F 7.60 KY 2 CENTRAL 56.6 0.57 0.35 7.95 92.2 0.51 0.00 0.06 -0.20 -2.74 -1.17 P 3.22 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 53.5 0.72 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.43 0.10 0.29 0.28 -2.21 -0.69 P 1.43 KY 4 EASTERN 53.5 1.29 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.43 0.19 0.83 0.82 -2.00 -0.06 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 23, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Temperatures averaged near normal last week but only by a little. Several cooler than normal days offset the warmer days in the 60s and 70s. Cooler temperatures occurred at mid-week and on the weekend. Beneficial rainfall occurred at the beginning and toward the end of the workweek with central receiving the greater amounts. Sections of west-central Kentucky, along the Ohio River, (ie. Union, Crittenden, Caldwell, Hopkins, Lyon, Mclean and Webster county) moved into Moderate drought. Much of west, central and parts of the Bluegrass area are abnormaly dry, according to the US Drought Monitor. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 7.08 inches, Central 2.32 inches, Bluegrass 1.20 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 7 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 21 APR 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 59.9 0.57 0.00 7.36 81.7 0.59 0.00 -0.09 0.04 -4.00 -2.14 F 7.08 KY 2 CENTRAL 60.3 0.91 0.29 7.95 91.6 0.62 0.00 0.26 0.26 -3.39 -0.79 P 2.32 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 59.4 0.49 0.81 8.00 97.8 0.60 0.00 0.01 0.00 -3.00 -0.51 P 1.20 KY 4 EASTERN 59.2 0.36 0.33 5.00 88.8 0.59 0.00 0.01 0.00 -3.64 -0.32 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 16, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: In only the second week so far this entire year, the Bluegrass state received below normal weekly temperatures, due mainly from several mornings when frost and freeze occurred. The coolest day of the week was Wednesday when high temperatures only reached the low 50s. Temperatures on the weekend surged into the low 80s to offset the cooler weather. Most locations reported no rainfall last week. Only the far northern counties reported significant rainfall. This was the fourth straight week with below normal rainfall. Since the middle of March, the state has only received 42 percent of normal rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 6.48 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 6 OF THE 2012 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 14 APR 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 53.3 0.12 0.00 7.37 81.9 0.38 0.00 -0.13 -0.04 -4.18 -1.93 F 6.48 KY 2 CENTRAL 51.1 0.04 0.00 7.95 88.4 0.33 0.00 0.00 -0.03 -3.87 -0.48 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 48.8 0.21 0.92 8.00 99.1 0.29 0.00 0.01 -0.33 -3.11 0.03 P KY 4 EASTERN 48.9 0.02 0.56 5.00 92.6 0.28 0.00 0.01 -0.40 -3.71 0.41 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 9, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: With the third straight week receiving below normal rainfall, over 30 percent of the Bluegrass state had started to show "abnormally dry" on the U.S. Drought Monitor. The rainfall that did occur last week was at mid-week and only for the Bluegrass area and eastern locations. Several locations in the west reported less than one tenth of an inch of rainfall for the week. Patchy frost threatened again toward the end of the workweek. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 5.85 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 58 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 7 APR 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 65.1 0.31 0.00 7.59 84.4 0.74 0.00 -0.09 -0.09 -3.80 -1.63 P 5.85 KY 2 CENTRAL 62.3 0.68 0.24 8.00 91.6 0.66 0.00 0.03 -0.48 -2.86 0.25 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 57.2 0.85 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.51 0.00 0.34 -0.02 -2.26 0.63 P KY 4 EASTERN 57.4 0.94 0.82 5.00 97.0 0.51 0.00 0.41 0.02 -2.93 1.22 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 02, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices A frontal boundry stalled west to east across Kentucky at mid-week finally providing the Bluegrass state with rainfall last week. It was another very mild and mostly dry week for most locations with south and west experiencing 70s and 80s while most eastern locations had a couple of days in the upper 60's. Patchy frost threatened on Tuesday morning in the eastern half of the state with low to mid 30s. According to Kentucky Mesonet stations, drier than normal conditions had started to show up in west and central sections. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 2.96 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 57 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 31 MAR 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 65.1 0.06 0.00 7.97 88.6 0.72 0.00 0.00 -0.48 -2.20 -0.88 P 2.96 KY 2 CENTRAL 62.3 0.11 0.22 8.00 91.3 0.64 0.00 0.51 -0.50 -1.48 0.85 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 57.1 0.22 0.66 8.00 96.2 0.50 0.00 0.36 -0.50 -1.53 1.02 P KY 4 EASTERN 58.7 0.13 0.39 5.00 89.9 0.54 0.00 0.39 -0.50 -1.96 1.55 P ---


Drought definations here.
********************************************************************************************** PDSI values for the 11 drought (or wet) categories. 4.0 and above Extreme moist spell 3.0 to 3.99 Very moist spell 2.0 to 2.99 Unusual moist spell 1.0 to 1.99 Moist spell .5 to .99 Incipient moist spell .49 to -.49 Near normal -.50 to -.99 Incipient drought -1.0 to -1.99 Mild drought -2.0 to -2.99 Moderate drought -3.0 to -3.99 Severe drought -4.0 and below Extreme drought CMI values when the index increased or did not change from the previous week. 3.0 and above Excessively wet, some fields flooded 2.0 to 2.99 Too wet, some standing water 1.0 to 1.99 Prospects above normal, some fields too wet 0 to .99 Moisture adequate for present needs 0 to -.99 Prospects improved but rain still needed 1.0 to -1.99 Some improvement but still too dry -2.0 to -2.99 Drought eased but sill serious -3.0 to -3.99 Drought continues, rain urgently needed -4.0 and below Not enough rain, still extremely dry CMI values when the index decreased 3.0 and above Some drying but still exces- sively wet 2.0 to 3.99 More dry weather needed, work delayed 1.0 to 1.99 Favorable, except still too wet in spots 0 to .99 Favorable for normal growth and fieldwork 0 to -.99 Topsoil moisture short, germination slow -1.0 to -1.99 Abnormally dry, prospects deteriorating -2.0 to -2.99 Too dry, yield prospects reduced -3.0 to -3.99 Potential yields severly cut by drought -4.0 and below Extremely dry, most crops ruined ******************************************************************************* ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 27, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: A cut off low pressure system set up camp over the nation's midsection and dumped considerable rainfall. But not in Kentucky! By Saturday, the low and associated frontal system passed thru the Bluegrass state. The first half of the workweek was very mild and the last couple of days and the weekend experienced seasonal temperatures. The western section of the state received the greater rainfall but still below normal across the state. Most locations received 3 to 5 days with temperatures in the low 80s. This was the first week with below normal rainfall in the past 4 weeks. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 56 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 24 MAR 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 68.4 0.45 0.63 8.00 95.9 0.82 0.00 0.48 -0.50 -1.13 0.01 P KY 2 CENTRAL 67.9 0.56 0.75 8.00 97.2 0.81 0.00 1.01 -1.00 0.13 1.78 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 67.0 0.73 0.94 8.00 99.3 0.79 0.00 0.86 -0.85 0.10 1.86 P KY 4 EASTERN 66.5 0.57 0.80 5.00 96.6 0.77 0.00 0.89 -0.88 0.46 2.57 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 19, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices The Bluegrass State is GREEN! Temperatures soared last week across the Bluegrass state as highs were mostly well into the 70s and locations west and south exceeded 80 degrees. Rainfall was frequent but the west received slightly below normal rainfall for the week. Everything is green in the state. Plants and fruit trees have advanced and are much further along than usual. According to UK Extension specialists, wheat in the west and central sections have developed to the point where frost/freeze could cause damage. This was the third week in a row with above normal rainfall and the fifth week straight with above normal temperatures. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 55 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 17 MAR 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 64.1 0.88 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.66 0.22 0.98 -0.51 -0.73 0.75 P KY 2 CENTRAL 61.8 1.50 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.60 0.90 2.01 -0.20 0.66 2.56 P KY 3 BLUE GRASS 60.3 1.41 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.57 0.84 1.71 -0.01 0.57 2.56 P KY 4 EASTERN 59.3 1.06 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.53 0.53 1.77 -0.71 1.67 3.43 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday March 12, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperature and Above Normal Rainfall: A less active week after an extremely severe weather period the previous week. The week started very cold and snowy. But quickly transitioned to very mild temperatures, mostly in the 60s and some 70s. Wet and mild conditions returned for Thursday and ending Friday, with a dry weekend. The western climate zone continued to be the drier location of the station with central, Bluegrass and east significantly wetter. This was the fourth week straight with above normal temperatures and the second week in a row with above normal rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 54 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 10 MAR 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 51.6 0.78 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.30 0.48 0.49 -0.01 -1.45 0.51 P KY 2 CENTRAL 50.1 1.40 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.27 1.13 1.83 0.43 -0.10 2.33 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 47.2 1.38 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.22 1.16 1.89 0.43 0.42 2.68 P KY 4 EASTERN 47.8 1.93 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.23 1.70 2.89 0.53 2.06 3.87 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 5, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Two Major Severe Weather Outbreaks Last Week: Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: Kentucky experienced two major severe storms and tornado outbreaks last week that set a record for the number of tornadoes for the day and time of year. The first occurred on Wednesday, February 29th, "Leap Day." Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms cause death and destruction in 5 states. In Kentucky, damage occurred with storms Wednesday in Grayson County, Hardin County, LaRue County, Metcalfe County, Russell County, and Casey County. Then on Friday March 2, a stronger more powerful storm system followed a very similar path to the earlier storms on Wednesday. At least 21 deaths were reported around the state as of Saturday evening and 39 deaths were reported nationwide after Friday's storms. 97 tornadoes were reported during the storms. This past week ended with a winter storm on Sunday with several inches of snow across central and eastern Kentucky (after midnight). WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 53 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 3 MAR 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 51.6 0.78 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.29 0.49 0.50 0.24 -1.81 0.73 P KY 2 CENTRAL 50.1 1.40 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.27 1.13 1.40 0.63 -1.03 2.17 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 47.2 1.38 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.22 1.16 1.46 0.67 -0.71 2.40 P KY 4 EASTERN 47.8 1.93 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.22 1.71 2.36 1.05 0.18 3.58 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 27, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Mostly a dry and unseasonably mild week for the Bluegrass State. Temperatures approached 70 degrees and some southern locations approached 80 degrees by Thursday. It was the 4th week straight with below normal rainfall. Limited rainfall was confined to the central and eastern sections of the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 52 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 25 FEB 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 45.3 0.16 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.15 0.01 0.26 -0.50 -1.81 0.94 P KY 2 CENTRAL 43.3 0.40 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.13 0.27 0.77 -0.23 -1.53 2.00 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 41.2 0.39 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.10 0.29 0.79 -0.22 -1.36 2.10 P KY 4 EASTERN 42.4 0.92 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.12 0.80 1.31 0.31 -0.87 2.89 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 20, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Limited precipitation during the workweek allowed some drying around the farmstead for much of the state. On the weekend, a low pressure system moved across the southeast U.S. and into the Atlantic on Sunday. This system sent a swath of moisture across the Tennessee Valley and into the Appalachians, producing no snow across the Bluegrass region to a bit of snow across southeast Kentucky with depths of 2 to 5 inches, to as much as 10 inches at the Kingdom Come State Park. This was the 3rd week straight with below normal (liquid equ.) precipitation. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 51 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 18 FEB 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 37.4 0.45 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.04 0.41 0.76 -0.09 -0.54 1.47 P KY 2 CENTRAL 36.5 0.49 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.03 0.46 1.00 -0.08 -0.29 2.39 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 35.7 0.56 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.03 0.53 1.01 0.03 -0.19 2.47 P KY 4 EASTERN 37.2 0.50 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.04 0.46 1.00 -0.08 -0.55 2.92 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 13, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices For the first time this year (2012), in fact since the first week of December 2011, Kentucky experienced nearly a full week of below normal temperatures. And last week was only the third time this year with below normal rainfall. The workweek started in the 40's but after a cold frontal passage with Arctic air behind it on Tuesday, the temperature plunged for the remainder of the week and through the weekend. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 50 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 11 FEB 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 48.8 0.67 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.21 0.46 1.27 -0.34 -0.25 1.98 P KY 2 CENTRAL 46.7 0.71 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.18 0.53 1.52 -0.46 0.29 2.92 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 44.7 0.70 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.16 0.54 1.43 -0.34 0.33 2.97 P KY 4 EASTERN 44.1 0.94 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.14 0.80 1.77 -0.15 0.95 3.77 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 6, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Kentucky experienced unseasonably mild temperatures last week which had continued since the beginning of the year. No significant snowfall occurred this past week but measureable rainfall occurred 3 to 4 days. Temperatures during the workweek were mainly in the 60s but cooled to the upper 40s on the weekend. The entire weekend was mostly cloudy, wet and cool. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 49 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 4 FEB 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 48.8 0.67 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.21 0.46 1.61 -0.68 0.12 2.26 P KY 2 CENTRAL 46.7 0.71 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.18 0.53 1.98 -0.91 0.88 3.19 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 44.7 0.70 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.15 0.55 1.77 -0.66 0.80 3.20 P KY 4 EASTERN 44.1 0.94 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.13 0.81 1.92 -0.30 1.47 3.85 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 30, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Weather conditions so far for January 2012 continued to be mild and wet. The first half of the workweek was very mild with cooler temperatures toward the weekend. Measureable rainfall occurred 5 out of 7 days last week with the greatest rainfall on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The mild conditions continued from the previous week with temperatures into or near the 60s at least twice during the week. So far, this January has been the 12th mildest January on record, with 1950 the warmest at 44.8 degrees compared to this January at 40 degrees. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 48 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 28 JAN 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 39.1 0.52 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.05 0.47 1.07 -0.12 -1.12 1.92 P KY 2 CENTRAL 37.4 0.95 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.04 0.91 1.82 0.00 -0.26 3.04 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 34.1 0.75 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.01 0.74 1.49 0.00 -0.44 2.94 P KY 4 EASTERN 35.2 1.25 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.02 1.23 2.30 0.17 0.89 3.97 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 23, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices La Nina rollercoaster of Bluegrass weather continued. Temperatures went up and down several times last week. The workweek started off mild and wet, transitioned to cold and dry then finished the weekend mild. Eastern and east- central sections received most of the rainfall last week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 47 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 21 JAN 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 37.8 1.02 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.04 0.98 1.71 0.26 -0.46 2.50 P KY 2 CENTRAL 37.0 1.35 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.03 1.32 2.22 0.42 0.13 3.40 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 34.7 1.05 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.02 1.03 1.78 0.30 0.27 3.28 P KY 4 EASTERN 36.4 1.30 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.03 1.27 2.17 0.38 0.77 3.92 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 17, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Temperatures were above normal for the period, yet Kentucky experienced some of the coldest temperatures so far this year. Also, a couple of snow events occurred. The most significant was an Alberta Clipper that moved through the Tennessee Valley on Saturday, January 14, and brought a swath of snow to central and eastern Kentucky. Most of the snowfall occurred in about a 5 hour window and 1 to 3 inches was typical with localized amounts of 2 to 4 inches in southcentral and eastern Kentucky. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 46 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 14 JAN 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 37.8 1.02 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.04 0.92 1.45 0.48 -0.28 2.52 P KY 2 CENTRAL 37.0 1.35 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.03 1.27 1.80 0.81 0.01 3.23 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 34.7 1.05 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.01 1.01 1.48 0.53 0.37 3.20 P KY 4 EASTERN 36.4 1.30 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.03 1.27 1.79 0.75 0.72 3.77 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 9, 2012 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Soil moisture conditions continued to be mostly wet across the Bluegrass state. The mostly mild weather continued from the previous 3 weeks of very mild winter conditions. But unlike previous weeks, this past week held very little rainfall for the Bluegrass state. The week started off seasonably cold with some of the coldest temperatures this year in the low teens and snowfall across the state. By mid-week temperatures had bounced back into the upper 50s and some mid 60s and a spell of sunny, dry days thru the weekend. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 45 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 7 JAN 2012 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 42.0 0.73 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.09 0.64 1.61 -0.32 0.26 2.94 P KY 2 CENTRAL 40.9 0.88 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.08 0.80 1.79 -0.18 0.31 3.58 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 40.4 1.01 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.08 0.93 1.88 -0.01 0.92 3.69 F KY 4 EASTERN 40.5 1.00 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.07 0.93 1.88 -0.01 0.86 4.05 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 1, 2012 EST Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices The final few days of December 2011 was mild but the story was the above normal rainfall which placed the entire state as the wettest year on record for over the past 100 years. Listed below are the top 5 years record rainfall for the state as a whole. Several weather stations in southeast Kentucky recieved over 15 inches for the month. The total for 2011 is preliminary through Dec. 31st. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 44 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 31 DEC 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 42.0 0.73 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.09 0.64 1.93 -0.64 2.85 3.10 P KY 2 CENTRAL 40.9 0.88 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.08 0.80 1.97 -0.36 1.93 3.67 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 40.4 1.01 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.08 0.93 1.89 -0.02 2.22 3.68 F KY 4 EASTERN 40.5 1.00 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.07 0.93 1.89 -0.04 1.64 4.07 F ********************************************************************************************** PDSI values for the 11 drought (or wet) categories. 4.0 and above Extreme moist spell 3.0 to 3.99 Very moist spell 2.0 to 2.99 Unusual moist spell 1.0 to 1.99 Moist spell .5 to .99 Incipient moist spell .49 to -.49 Near normal -.50 to -.99 Incipient drought -1.0 to -1.99 Mild drought -2.0 to -2.99 Moderate drought -3.0 to -3.99 Severe drought -4.0 and below Extreme drought CMI values when the index increased or did not change from the previous week. 3.0 and above Excessively wet, some fields flooded 2.0 to 2.99 Too wet, some standing water 1.0 to 1.99 Prospects above normal, some fields too wet 0 to .99 Moisture adequate for present needs 0 to -.99 Prospects improved but rain still needed 1.0 to -1.99 Some improvement but still too dry -2.0 to -2.99 Drought eased but sill serious -3.0 to -3.99 Drought continues, rain urgently needed -4.0 and below Not enough rain, still extremely dry CMI values when the index decreased 3.0 and above Some drying but still exces- sively wet 2.0 to 3.99 More dry weather needed, work delayed 1.0 to 1.99 Favorable, except still too wet in spots 0 to .99 Favorable for normal growth and fieldwork 0 to -.99 Topsoil moisture short, germination slow -1.0 to -1.99 Abnormally dry, prospects deteriorating -2.0 to -2.99 Too dry, yield prospects reduced -3.0 to -3.99 Potential yields severly cut by drought -4.0 and below Extremely dry, most crops ruined ******************************************************************************* :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 27, 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices The final full week of December 2011 was mostly very mild with widespread rain during the mid-week period. The amount of rainfall was near normal for the week, but for the most part, it placed the entire state near the top for record yearly rainall for over the past 100 years. Listed below are the top 5 years record rainfall for the state as a whole. The total for 2011 is preliminary through Dec. 27th. Ranking of Kentucky Top 5 Yearly Rainfall Totals Rank Value Year --------------- 1 64.34 2011* 2 62.93 1950 3 62.86 1979 4 58.88 1989 5 57.82 1935 * = preliminary For Lexington, rainfall since Jan 1, the total to date was 65.19 inches, which was 20.73 inches above normal. Last year, rainfall todate for Lexington was only 37.66 inches. For Paducah, rainfall since Jan 1, the total to date was 74.13 inches, which was 25.86 inches above normal. Last year, rainfall todate for Lexington was only 35.92 inches. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 43 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 24 DEC 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 43.8 1.05 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.11 0.94 2.57 -0.69 3.71 3.21 F KY 2 CENTRAL 43.3 1.02 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.11 0.91 2.33 -0.51 3.85 3.74 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 42.8 0.92 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.11 0.81 1.91 -0.28 3.84 3.64 F KY 4 EASTERN 42.7 1.14 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.10 1.04 1.93 0.15 2.75 4.07 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 19 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices For the first time since mid November the Commonwealth experienced a below normal week for precipitation. Rainfall came in mid week from a passing cold front. However unlike the previous few fronts, this front only provided light to moderate rainfall across the state. Prior to the front passing through southerly flow provided some much above normal high temperatures during the middle of the week. Much of the state recorded highs in the 60’s Wednesday and Thursday. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Drying But Still Excessively Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 42 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 17 DEC 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 41.9 0.69 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.08 0.61 3.26 -2.03 5.40 3.19 F KY 2 CENTRAL 41.1 0.60 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.08 0.52 2.84 -1.79 5.08 3.73 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 40.1 0.36 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.07 0.29 2.19 -1.61 4.84 3.56 P KY 4 EASTERN 41.0 0.42 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.08 0.34 1.78 -1.08 3.19 3.92 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 12 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was the 4th week in a row that the Commonwealth has received nearly double its normal precipitation. All the precipitation came early in the week from another slow moving low pressure system. Unlike precipitation, temperatures did not stay above normal. Behind the low pressure system temperatures cooled down to below seasonal normals and stayed that way for the remainder of the week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Drying But Still Excessively Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 41 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 10 DEC 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 41.3 1.59 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.08 1.51 3.32 -0.28 6.17 2.73 F KY 2 CENTRAL 43.1 2.95 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.11 2.84 5.06 0.63 7.27 3.97 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 43.3 2.54 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.12 2.42 4.27 0.58 6.73 3.89 F KY 4 EASTERN 43.6 1.88 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.12 1.76 3.20 0.34 5.35 4.29 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Dec 5th EST Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was the third week in a row that the Commonwealth has more than doubled its normal precipitation. Early in the week a front moved across the state which brought widespread heavy rainfall. Then late in the week another front moved in from the northwest, which brought heavy rainfall to western parts of the state. Temperatures dropped of considerably from the previous week, with below normal temperatures for the first half of the week. A brief warm up came over the weekend. This was due to southerly flow ahead of the late week frontal system. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 40 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 3 DEC 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 53.5 3.12 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.29 2.83 4.92 0.77 6.56 2.86 F KY 2 CENTRAL 53.6 2.39 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.30 2.09 3.68 0.52 4.58 3.20 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 52.0 1.98 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.28 1.70 2.97 0.45 4.00 3.09 F KY 4 EASTERN 51.4 1.48 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.26 1.22 2.32 0.16 3.33 3.75 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 28 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was the second week in a row that the Commonwealth has more than doubled its normal rainfall. Rainfall came from two separate lingering frontal boundaries that came early and late in the week. Once again the majority of rain fell in the western portion of the state. Winds for much of the week were moderate and southerly, which kept temperatures above normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 39 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 26 NOV 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 53.5 3.12 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.29 2.57 4.15 1.55 4.86 2.26 F KY 2 CENTRAL 53.6 2.39 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.31 2.08 3.16 1.03 3.52 2.80 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 52.0 1.98 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.28 1.70 2.52 0.90 3.27 2.71 F KY 4 EASTERN 51.4 1.48 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.26 1.22 2.16 0.30 2.94 3.55 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 21 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was a wet one. Heavy rainfall came early in the week from a stationary front that set up to the northwest. A very similar system set up late in the week as well and dumped another batch of heavy rainfall on Sunday, mainly in the western part of the state. Temperatures started off well above normal early in the week with highs in the 70s. By mid week the first system moved through which dropped temperatures down to some of the coldest so far this season. Later in the week southerly flow returned and temperatures warmed back up to above normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 38 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 19 NOV 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 53.2 3.47 1.00 7.74 97.1 0.29 0.00 2.60 2.53 3.23 1.59 F KY 2 CENTRAL 51.5 2.56 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.27 0.27 2.13 2.06 2.50 2.34 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 50.8 1.79 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.27 0.91 1.62 0.99 2.74 2.28 F KY 4 EASTERN 49.5 1.96 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.23 1.61 1.86 1.21 3.03 3.30 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 14 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was the first with above normal temperatures since mid October. Temperatures started off warm early in the week then dropped off quite a few degrees below normal mid week from a passing cold front. After the front passed, winds picked up and shifted to out of the south. This brought in warmer temperatures for the last 2 days of the week. The cold front that passed through mid week did not bring much moisture, as showers were light and scattered at best. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 37 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 12 NOV 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 50.7 0.44 1.00 4.81 64.6 0.25 0.00 0.20 -0.01 0.85 0.84 P KY 2 CENTRAL 48.4 0.59 1.00 6.54 83.8 0.21 0.00 0.38 0.00 1.44 1.96 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 47.5 0.76 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.20 0.15 1.18 -0.01 3.58 2.13 F KY 4 EASTERN 46.9 0.56 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.19 0.37 1.03 -0.21 3.55 2.99 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Nov 7th EST Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices The cooling trend continued for the Commonwealth as this was the 3rd week in a row with below normal temperature. Once again rainfall was provided by a low pressure system from the west that moved through mid week. Most of the state received around a half an inch; however some northern parts of the state received around an inch or more. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 36 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 5 NOV 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 50.7 0.44 1.00 4.62 62.4 0.25 0.00 0.21 -0.26 0.72 0.87 F KY 2 CENTRAL 48.4 0.59 1.00 6.16 79.6 0.22 0.00 0.38 -0.20 1.31 1.94 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 47.5 0.76 1.00 7.59 95.5 0.21 0.00 1.19 -0.08 3.18 2.01 F KY 4 EASTERN 46.9 0.56 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.19 0.37 1.24 -0.40 3.89 2.96 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 31 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices For the first time since late September each climate division received above normal rainfall. Most of the rainfall came mid week from a passing cold front, with the highest rainfall totals having occurred in the northern and eastern parts of the state. Prior to the cold front passing temperatures were above normal with highs in the 70s. Behind the front temperatures dropped sharply and stayed below normal for the remainder of the week, with lows in the mid to upper 20s to end the week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 35 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 29 OCT 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 54.1 0.97 1.00 4.43 60.4 0.34 0.00 0.47 0.23 0.14 0.87 F KY 2 CENTRAL 52.4 0.97 1.00 5.79 75.5 0.31 0.00 0.58 0.22 0.53 1.24 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 50.5 1.15 1.00 7.04 89.4 0.28 0.00 1.27 0.24 2.07 1.86 F KY 4 EASTERN 50.6 1.12 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.27 0.85 1.64 0.22 3.04 2.89 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 24 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week conditions were the complete opposite of the previous two, with above normal rainfall and below normal temperatures. Rainfall came from a low pressure system that started to our south on Tuesday and migrated to northern Ohio by Thursday. Along with the rainfall the low pressure provided cloudy skies, cool temperatures, and breezy conditions. Behind the system high pressure built in and allowed skies to clear up. This warmed up afternoon high temperatures; however the clear skies allowed overnight lows to drop to around freezing. This provided widespread frost late in the week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 34 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 22 OCT 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 53.4 0.57 0.45 4.35 53.4 0.33 0.00 0.24 0.11 0.90 0.68 P KY 2 CENTRAL 52.8 0.71 0.87 5.26 68.2 0.33 0.00 0.36 0.24 1.00 0.89 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 51.9 1.59 1.00 6.17 79.7 0.32 0.00 1.03 0.90 2.36 1.57 F KY 4 EASTERN 53.4 1.66 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.34 0.25 1.42 0.92 2.22 2.59 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 17 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was the 2nd straight week with above normal temperatures after the previous 4 weeks were all below normal. The week started off with high pressure in control of the Commonwealth’s weather. This provided mostly clear skies and highs in mid 70s to low 80s. Mid to late week a low pressure system from the west moved through the state, which dropped an average of just over a half an inch of rainfall state wide. Behind this system conditions were windy and skies cleared back up. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 33 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 15 OCT 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 63.3 0.41 0.21 4.35 50.7 0.61 0.00 0.13 -0.10 1.81 0.63 P KY 2 CENTRAL 61.9 0.61 0.49 5.26 63.9 0.58 0.00 0.12 -0.07 1.29 0.70 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 60.4 0.59 0.53 5.37 65.6 0.55 0.00 0.13 -0.09 1.64 0.88 P KY 4 EASTERN 60.5 0.94 0.80 4.13 82.1 0.54 0.00 0.50 0.35 1.28 2.07 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 10 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices After 4 weeks in a row of below normal temperatures the first full week of October starts off on the warm side. However; low temperatures to start the week dropped to the 30s in some locations. The warm temperatures and clear skies were provided by a large area of high pressure that remained over the region all week. This high pressure also kept moisture out of the state, with no rainfall recorded anywhere in the Commonwealth. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 32 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 8 OCT 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 62.0 1.78 1.00 5.55 72.8 0.58 0.00 1.05 0.39 3.81 1.31 F KY 2 CENTRAL 60.9 1.57 1.00 6.27 80.8 0.56 0.00 0.96 0.36 2.64 2.19 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 59.0 1.57 1.00 6.42 82.4 0.52 0.00 1.04 0.40 3.34 1.68 F KY 4 EASTERN 60.6 0.63 0.95 4.13 84.7 0.56 0.00 0.24 -0.06 1.10 2.15 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Oct 3 EDT Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week made for the fourth week in a row with below normal temperatures. For the beginning and middle part of the week temperatures were just below seasonal highs and lows; however after a cold front moved through towards the end of the week temperatures dropped sharply. Sunday morning the lowest temperatures of the season so far occurred all across the state. Lows dropped to 31 in some locations and patchy frost occurred across the Commonwealth. Most all rainfall came on Monday from a cut off low pressure system set up to the north. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 31 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 1 OCT 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 62.0 1.78 1.00 4.35 59.4 0.59 0.00 0.66 0.38 2.73 0.89 F KY 2 CENTRAL 60.9 1.57 1.00 5.26 69.5 0.57 0.00 0.60 0.58 3.60 1.06 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 59.0 1.57 1.00 5.37 70.8 0.53 0.00 0.64 0.61 3.95 1.29 F KY 4 EASTERN 60.6 0.63 0.88 4.13 83.4 0.57 0.00 0.30 -0.32 4.63 2.10 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 26 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was the third week in a row with below normal temperatures. Cloud cover and rainfall once again kept high temperatures well below normal; however this kept overnight lows above normal. Rainfall was present in the state nearly everyday, with the heaviest rain falling in the west late in the week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 30 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 24 SEP 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 67.0 1.80 1.00 3.16 46.2 0.77 0.00 0.28 0.82 0.59 -0.19 P KY 2 CENTRAL 66.0 1.22 1.00 4.26 58.4 0.75 0.00 0.02 0.27 1.66 0.40 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 64.6 1.15 1.00 4.33 59.2 0.72 0.00 0.03 0.35 1.74 0.52 P KY 4 EASTERN 65.3 1.09 0.82 4.13 82.5 0.74 0.00 0.62 0.07 3.29 2.05 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 19 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices For the first time since January of this year the Commonwealth experienced 2 weeks in a row of below normal temperature. Temperatures started off a little warmer than normal this past week, with highs in the 80s to low 90s. However; by mid week a cold front moved through the state which dropped temperatures well below seasonal normals. The cold front also brought in the majority of rainfall for the week, which fell mostly in the western parts of the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 2.44 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 29 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 17 SEP 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 66.3 0.78 0.01 3.14 35.0 0.77 0.00 -0.51 0.61 -1.39 -1.13 P 2.44 KY 2 CENTRAL 65.3 2.64 1.00 6.06 78.4 0.74 0.00 1.02 1.37 2.49 1.49 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 64.4 2.24 1.00 5.60 73.4 0.73 0.00 0.66 0.97 2.30 1.30 F KY 4 EASTERN 65.3 3.64 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.76 2.01 3.38 2.36 6.28 3.29 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 12 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices After 7 straight weeks in a row of below normal rainfall, the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee provided a wet week. Most of the heavy rainfall fell Sunday and Monday, with light showers and drizzle through Friday. Unfortunately, little to no rainfall reached the far western purchase area of the state. However; all other counties in drought received around or above normal rainfall for the week. Temperatures also changed a great deal this past week. For the first time since mid June, the Commonwealth experienced a below normal week for temperature. Average high temperatures changed from the 90s one week ago to the mid 70s and upper 60s this past week, all due to the heavy cloud cover from Lee. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Improvement But Still Too Dry CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 2.91 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 28 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 10 SEP 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 66.3 0.78 0.00 3.14 34.9 0.78 0.00 -1.12 0.92 -1.74 -1.32 P 2.91 KY 2 CENTRAL 65.3 2.64 1.00 4.16 57.3 0.76 0.00 -0.35 1.76 -0.08 0.07 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 64.4 2.24 1.00 4.09 56.5 0.74 0.00 -0.31 1.45 -0.52 -0.20 P KY 4 EASTERN 65.3 3.64 1.00 4.13 85.4 0.77 0.00 1.02 2.38 1.54 1.98 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Sep 6 EDT Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week the Commonwealth experienced the hot weather from earlier this summer. Highs were well above normal, with most days topping out in the mid to upper 90s and even the low 100s in some locations. Rainfall was also below normal for the 7th straight week. Most all of the week was rain free until a cold front moved through the state on Sunday. This brought everything from a trace of rainfall to over an inch across the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Dry, Yield Prospects Reduced CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Dry, Yield Prospects Reduced BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.82 inches, Central 3.29 inches, Bluegrass 4.08 inches and East 1.91 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 27 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 3 SEP 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 79.7 0.07 0.00 3.14 34.9 1.34 0.00 -2.04 -0.58 -2.61 -1.54 F 3.82 KY 2 CENTRAL 78.3 0.03 0.00 3.28 36.5 1.28 0.00 -2.11 -0.59 -2.67 -1.32 P 3.29 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 76.0 0.04 0.00 3.59 39.8 1.19 0.00 -1.76 -0.57 -2.43 -1.79 F 4.08 KY 4 EASTERN 74.4 0.06 0.00 2.26 37.6 1.14 0.00 -1.36 -0.67 -1.68 -0.95 P 1.91 ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 29 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was another dry one across the Commonwealth, with many locations recording no rainfall. Western and central parts of the state, which needed rain the most, received the least amount of rainfall. This worsened drought conditions in those areas and helped to spread them further east. Temperature wise the state had its 3rd week in a row with near normal temperatures. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.93 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.29 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 26 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 27 AUG 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 76.3 0.70 0.00 4.00 44.4 1.21 0.00 -0.72 0.09 -1.16 -0.55 P 0.93 KY 2 CENTRAL 74.6 0.55 0.00 4.06 45.1 1.15 0.00 -1.03 -0.01 -1.98 -0.31 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 72.7 0.27 0.00 4.12 45.8 1.08 0.00 -1.18 -0.29 -1.83 -1.09 P 2.29 KY 4 EASTERN 72.5 0.39 0.00 2.73 45.6 1.08 0.00 -0.72 -0.34 -1.43 -0.22 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 22 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week made for the 5th week in a row with below normal rainfall. However; unlike last week the majority of rainfall that the state received fell in the west. Fortunately some of our drier counties like Christian, Todd, and Logan received the most rainfall. Temperatures across the Commonwealth did not differ much from last week, with most locations near or just below seasonal normals. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 1.17 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 25 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 20 AUG 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 76.3 0.70 0.00 4.24 47.1 1.24 0.00 -0.81 0.11 -1.81 -0.45 P KY 2 CENTRAL 74.6 0.55 0.00 4.35 48.3 1.17 0.00 -1.02 -0.01 -2.32 -0.06 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 72.7 0.27 0.00 4.53 50.3 1.10 0.00 -0.89 -0.37 -2.21 -0.62 P 1.17 KY 4 EASTERN 72.5 0.39 0.00 3.09 51.5 1.10 0.00 -0.38 -0.33 -1.46 0.24 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 15, 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Big temperature change for the past week as cloudy skies and cooler temperatures were the rule. After nearly 5 weeks of oppressive heat and humidity, seasonably cooler temperatures prevailed last week. The eastern half of the Commonwealth was the big winner on rainfall last week. West and Central locations were well below normal for the week, the Bluegrass area near normal rainfall and east well above normal rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 24 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 13 AUG 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 78.3 0.29 0.00 4.50 50.0 1.35 0.00 -0.93 -0.41 -2.63 0.55 P KY 2 CENTRAL 77.8 0.47 0.00 4.68 52.0 1.33 0.00 -1.01 -0.22 -2.63 0.37 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 75.4 1.03 0.00 5.00 55.6 1.23 0.00 -0.51 0.23 -1.88 0.28 P KY 4 EASTERN 75.6 1.48 0.22 3.38 60.1 1.26 0.00 -0.05 0.42 -0.92 0.76 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 8, 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Another hot week as rain from isolated thunderstorms was sparse during the workweek. The far west and Bluegrass areas were the big winners on rainfall over the weekend. This was especially beneficial for many of the western counties where agricultural drought had started to develop. Very dry conditions continued in many sections of the west, along the KY/TN border and some northern counties along the Ohio River. It was the 5th week in a row with above normal temperatures. By mid-week, several locations reported daily temperatures of 100 degrees or greater and heat indices of 115 and greater. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Abnormally Dry, Prospects Deteriorating EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 23 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 6 AUG 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 83.6 0.33 0.00 4.71 52.4 1.65 0.00 -0.98 -0.50 -2.61 0.62 P KY 2 CENTRAL 82.4 0.51 0.00 5.20 57.8 1.60 0.00 -0.75 -0.36 -2.04 0.85 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 81.5 0.39 0.00 4.77 53.0 1.57 0.00 -1.15 -0.48 -2.78 -0.09 P KY 4 EASTERN 80.2 0.80 0.00 3.44 57.4 1.52 0.00 -0.39 -0.28 -0.92 0.58 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Aug 1, 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was the 4th week in a row with above normal temperature; however it was the first week in 5 that temperatures cooled down from the previous week. This last week was very similar to the previous week, with only slightly lower temperatures and less rainfall. Highs were in the upper 80s to mid 90s throughout the week, which once again stressed livestock and crops. Rainfall was isolated in the Commonwealth, with several stations reporting little to no rainfall for the week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 22 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 30 JUL 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 83.6 0.33 0.00 5.52 61.3 1.67 0.00 -0.48 -0.44 -1.27 1.25 P KY 2 CENTRAL 82.4 0.51 0.00 5.92 65.7 1.62 0.00 -0.39 -0.32 -1.35 1.39 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 81.5 0.39 0.00 5.49 61.0 1.59 0.00 -0.67 -0.47 -1.59 0.69 P KY 4 EASTERN 80.2 0.80 0.00 3.91 65.2 1.54 0.00 -0.11 -0.25 -0.27 1.07 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 25 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was the 3rd week in a row with above normal temperatures. It was also the hottest week thus far in the Commonwealth, with many locations topping out above 90 everyday. High humidity levels only made conditions worse, having caused heat indices to go above 100 and even 110 in some locations. Rainfall was scattered this past week, which caused stations to either record little to no rainfall to a couple of inches. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 21 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 23 JUL 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 83.7 0.07 0.00 6.48 72.0 1.69 0.00 -0.04 -0.24 -0.04 1.88 P KY 2 CENTRAL 82.6 0.51 0.00 6.75 75.0 1.65 0.00 -0.07 -0.18 -0.84 1.95 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 81.6 1.00 0.00 6.33 70.3 1.61 0.00 -0.20 -0.16 -0.90 1.49 P KY 4 EASTERN 78.7 1.20 0.00 4.46 74.3 1.45 0.00 0.14 -0.02 -0.15 1.57 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 18, 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above normal rainfall and temperatures for the second week and 4 out of the last 5 weeks have been wetter than normal. And, while there are scattered holes in the rainfall pattern received, especially in the far northern part of the state, for the most part the state is wet and lush. The Bluegrass state has received nearly 7 inches of rainfall in the past 30 days. Most locations reported several (3 to 5) days with temperatures in the 90s with the west topping out in the upper 90s. Dewpoint temperatures hit record highs in the low 80s at the beginning of the work week adding extreme humidity to the hazy, hot summer weather, uncomfortable outdoor working conditions and livestock heat stress in the emergency levels. Priddy WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 20 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 16 JUL 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 82.3 1.04 0.39 7.51 87.8 1.65 0.00 0.20 -0.03 1.82 2.66 P KY 2 CENTRAL 80.2 1.19 0.00 7.73 85.9 1.55 0.00 0.11 -0.07 0.78 2.52 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 77.8 0.90 0.00 6.79 75.4 1.41 0.00 -0.04 -0.09 0.51 1.83 P KY 4 EASTERN 76.4 1.45 0.25 4.46 78.5 1.36 0.00 0.16 0.11 1.60 1.66 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jul 11 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices A stationary front was stretched across the state for most of this past week. This provided isolated showers and thunderstorms and near normal temperatures. Friday the front finally moved out of the state, which brought heavy rainfall to isolated parts of the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 19 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 9 JUL 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 79.3 1.53 1.00 7.51 94.6 1.48 0.00 0.23 -0.35 2.72 2.77 P KY 2 CENTRAL 78.4 1.16 0.33 7.76 89.8 1.43 0.00 0.18 -0.43 1.83 2.60 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 76.8 1.25 0.12 7.09 80.1 1.37 0.00 0.05 -0.10 0.71 2.12 P KY 4 EASTERN 76.0 1.15 0.16 4.46 76.9 1.35 0.00 0.05 -0.43 1.06 1.44 P ::::::::::::: Date: Tuesday Jul 5 EDT Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was dominated by high pressure, which brought dry conditions to most of the state. Most all rain that did fall came in the beginning of the week from a passing frontal system, which dumped the majority of rainfall in the western half of the state. Temperatures just like last week were right at seasonal normals. However; high temperatures did get warm enough to put livestock heat stress in the danger category during the afternoon hours several times this past week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 18 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 2 JUL 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 75.7 1.42 1.00 7.46 94.0 1.31 0.00 0.58 -0.31 1.03 2.49 P KY 2 CENTRAL 73.4 0.81 0.60 7.76 92.9 1.21 0.00 0.61 -0.56 0.57 2.67 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 72.1 0.63 0.24 7.09 81.4 1.17 0.00 0.15 -0.45 -0.40 2.08 P KY 4 EASTERN 71.6 0.52 0.36 4.46 80.3 1.16 0.00 0.48 -0.43 0.09 1.47 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 27 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week the Commonwealth once again received above normal rainfall. Rainfall totals across the state were fairly uniform, with the east having received the most. Severe storms were also experienced across the state due to a cold front that swept through. Average temperature for the week was near normal, with highs just below normal and lows just above normal due to cloud cover. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 17 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 25 JUN 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 76.9 2.07 1.00 7.35 92.8 1.37 0.00 0.89 0.25 -0.78 2.28 P KY 2 CENTRAL 75.1 2.12 1.00 7.76 97.3 1.29 0.00 1.17 0.37 -0.65 2.88 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 72.6 1.97 0.78 7.09 87.4 1.19 0.00 0.60 0.71 -1.45 2.44 P KY 4 EASTERN 72.5 2.43 1.00 4.46 91.0 1.20 0.00 0.91 1.08 -0.95 1.95 P :::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 20, 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Much needed rainfall returned to the Bluegrass state last week as a stalled low pressure system and associated fronts slowly meandered through the Ohio Valley. After several weeks of drier than normal weather and hot conditions, most locations received ample rain to renew the somewhat stalled growing season across the state. Showers and thunderstorms were scattered at mid-week and more widespread during the weekend. Last week's cooler than normal temperatures also broke a three-week spell of warmer than normal conditions. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 16 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 18 JUN 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 74.7 2.35 1.00 6.65 85.0 1.26 0.00 0.64 0.66 -1.15 1.77 P KY 2 CENTRAL 71.9 2.38 1.00 6.93 88.1 1.15 0.00 0.80 0.64 -0.59 2.32 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 69.6 1.07 0.00 7.09 78.8 1.07 0.00 -0.11 -0.38 -1.20 1.83 P KY 4 EASTERN 68.7 0.98 0.00 4.23 70.5 1.04 0.00 -0.17 -0.06 -1.35 0.80 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 13 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was just as hot as the previous week. Most days highs were in the upper 80s to low 90s. This once again kept livestock heat stress in the danger category during the afternoon hours most every day. Rainfall this past week was once again scattered, with several locations having received no rainfall. Of the last 4 weeks this is the 3rd with below normal rainfall. The majority of showers were in the northern part of the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 15 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 11 JUN 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 81.3 0.48 0.00 6.56 72.9 1.62 0.00 -0.02 -0.78 -2.81 1.21 P KY 2 CENTRAL 79.0 0.33 0.00 6.70 74.4 1.46 0.00 0.16 -0.77 -1.75 1.67 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 77.4 0.63 0.00 7.09 78.8 1.40 0.00 0.27 -0.66 -1.30 1.96 P KY 4 EASTERN 76.4 0.71 0.00 4.27 71.2 1.37 0.00 -0.11 -0.70 -1.42 0.94 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jun 6 EDT Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was the hottest the Commonwealth has experienced thus far this year. Everyday was mostly clear with highs ranging from the mid 80s to mid 90s. These high temperatures put livestock heat stress in the danger category during the peak warm hours of the day nearly all week. Rainfall for the week was isolated, with most locations having received no rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 14 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 4 JUN 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 70.4 1.88 1.00 8.00 100.0 1.06 0.73 1.68 -0.01 -0.36 3.48 P KY 2 CENTRAL 69.7 2.24 1.00 8.00 100.0 1.04 1.20 2.20 0.22 1.27 3.88 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 68.8 2.26 1.00 8.00 100.0 1.02 1.24 2.23 0.29 1.32 4.04 F KY 4 EASTERN 69.0 2.09 1.00 5.00 100.0 1.04 1.05 1.72 0.42 1.73 3.06 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 30th 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week the Commonwealth had a warm and wet week much like the ones experienced in April and early May of this year. Low pressure developed early in the week west and warm moist air came in from the south. This provided scattered showers and thunderstorms early in the week. Late in the work week the low pressure moved east dragging a cold front across the state, which brought widespread heavy rainfall. Behind the front temperatures cooled down a bit; however building high pressure and a return to southerly flow warmed things back up for the weekend. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 13 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 28 MAY 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 70.4 1.88 0.91 8.00 99.0 1.05 0.00 1.69 -0.11 1.80 3.15 P KY 2 CENTRAL 69.7 2.24 1.00 8.00 100.0 1.03 1.15 1.98 0.44 2.31 3.66 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 68.8 2.26 1.00 8.00 100.0 1.01 0.92 1.94 0.55 2.47 3.75 F KY 4 EASTERN 69.0 2.09 1.00 5.00 100.0 1.03 1.06 1.30 0.57 1.65 2.77 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 23 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices For the second week in a row the Commonwealth received a drier than normal week. Rainfall was scattered for the week, with the majority of rainfall in the eastern part of the state. The Eastern Climate Division even received above normal rainfall and over an inch more rain than the Western Climate Division. Temperatures this week were the exact opposite of last week. The week started off cool, then gradually warmed up to the 80s for highs across the state late in the week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 12 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 21 MAY 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 60.7 0.17 0.08 8.00 89.8 0.66 0.00 1.80 -1.80 5.97 2.93 P KY 2 CENTRAL 59.0 0.73 0.94 8.00 99.4 0.62 0.00 1.54 -1.30 4.98 3.17 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 56.7 0.69 0.67 8.00 96.4 0.56 0.00 1.39 -1.13 3.36 3.10 P KY 4 EASTERN 56.6 0.61 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.55 0.06 0.73 -0.61 1.85 2.31 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 16 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week the Commonwealth received a much needed drier than normal week; especially western parts of the state, which received the least amount of rainfall. This was the first week in the past 6 with below normal rainfall. The below normal rainfall in the state allowed river heights to drop and fields to begin drying out. Most all of the rainfall came in the second half of the week from a slow moving low pressure system. This brought in scattered showers that were concentrated mostly in the east. On the back side of this system temperatures cooled considerably from the summer like conditions felt in the beginning of the week. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Drying But Still Excessively Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 11 OF THE 2011 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 14 MAY 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 71.7 0.65 0.57 8.00 95.3 1.08 0.00 3.60 -3.60 8.63 3.61 P KY 2 CENTRAL 70.4 0.86 0.83 8.00 98.1 1.03 0.00 2.84 -2.84 6.33 3.40 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 68.8 0.52 0.54 8.00 94.8 0.98 0.00 2.52 -2.52 6.32 3.33 P KY 4 EASTERN 67.8 1.04 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.95 0.09 1.34 -1.16 2.12 2.53 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 9 EDT Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Another wet week in the Commonwealth, which made this the 5th week in a row with above normal rainfall and the 4th in a row with more than double the normal amount. Unlike the previous few weeks, this past week only had one major system pass that dumped heavy rainfall early in the week. Rainfall was heaviest in western portions of the state, which worsened flood conditions along the Ohio River. The rest of the week only isolated to scattered showers were seen. This past week was also the 1st week since the end of March beginning of April with below normal temperatures. Cool temperatures came in behind the cold front that passed through early in the week. Low temperatures even dropped far enough in the middle of the week for a patchy frost across the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Drying But Still Excessively Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 62 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 7 MAY 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 63.2 6.08 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.73 5.35 9.14 1.57 12.45 4.84 F KY 2 CENTRAL 63.0 5.01 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.74 4.27 7.40 1.13 10.84 4.39 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 62.1 3.00 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.72 2.28 4.73 -0.18 9.68 3.88 F KY 4 EASTERN 63.9 2.20 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.78 1.42 2.74 0.09 5.17 2.88 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday May 2 EDT Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices For the 4th week in a row the Commonwealth received above normal rainfall, and for the 3rd week in a row received over 3 inches of rainfall. This past week was the wettest week thus far this year for the state. Western parts of the state, especially along the Ohio River, received the most rainfall. This caused widespread flooding and even caused the Ohio River at the station in Cairo to rise above the record stage set back in 1937. Along with the heavy rainfall there was also widespread severe weather across the state. Temperatures were also above normal as the southerly flow not only kept the state wet, but also warmer than normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Drying But Still Excessively Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 61 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 30 APR 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 63.2 6.08 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.71 5.37 7.57 3.16 7.44 3.37 F KY 2 CENTRAL 63.0 5.01 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.72 4.29 6.27 2.31 7.17 3.25 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 62.1 3.00 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.71 2.29 4.91 -0.32 7.85 3.28 F KY 4 EASTERN 63.9 2.20 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.77 1.43 2.65 0.21 4.98 2.50 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 25 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was another very wet week across the Commonwealth. Rainfall was measured 4 to 5 days out of the week in most all locations through the state. Most of the rainfall came late in the week due to a stationary front that set up to our northwest. This caused the majority of rain to fall in northern and western portions of the state along the Ohio River. This frontal boundary also caused multiple severe thunderstorms to form and added to the flooding across the state. Temperatures were also above normal as the southerly flow not only kept the state wet, but also warmer than normal. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Drying But Still Excessively Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 60 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 23 APR 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 61.4 3.41 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.64 2.77 4.41 1.13 2.73 1.93 P KY 2 CENTRAL 60.8 2.49 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.63 1.86 3.96 -0.25 3.24 2.12 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 58.9 3.74 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.59 3.15 5.23 1.06 5.14 2.70 F KY 4 EASTERN 60.0 1.15 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.62 0.53 2.44 -1.38 3.34 2.13 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 18 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week the Commonwealth got soaked by two separate systems. The first system came in on Tuesday and lingered into late Wednesday morning. The second system moved thru on Friday and Saturday, which even produced some severe weather in the western part of the state. These two systems combined to give the wettest week thus far this year and caused widespread flooding. Temperatures over the week were near normal; however on the backside of each system conditions did get a bit cooler than normal. Some isolated locations dropped to the mid and even low 30s for lows, which produced some very patchy frost. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 59 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 16 APR 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 61.3 3.41 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.62 2.79 3.28 2.29 0.45 0.64 P KY 2 CENTRAL 59.0 4.10 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.56 3.54 4.21 2.86 1.43 1.79 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 57.9 4.07 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.55 3.52 4.17 2.86 1.64 1.85 F KY 4 EASTERN 58.5 3.24 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.56 2.68 3.82 1.54 2.75 2.17 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 11 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Unlike the prior week, this past week was a shot of spring. The past week started off with a strong cold front passing through the Commonwealth. The front brought widespread heavy rainfall as well as some severe weather. Through the middle and end of the week temperatures continued to rise, having reached the upper 80s by Sunday. Another shot of rainfall and severe weather moved through the Central, Bluegrass, and Eastern regions of the state as well on Sunday. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 1.68 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 58 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 9 APR 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 62.3 1.26 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.64 0.62 0.99 0.11 -1.42 -0.58 P 1.68 KY 2 CENTRAL 59.2 1.49 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.56 0.93 1.35 0.43 -1.41 0.22 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 56.9 1.65 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.51 1.13 1.31 0.64 -1.47 0.12 P KY 4 EASTERN 55.2 2.16 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.45 1.71 2.28 1.14 -0.08 1.39 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Apr 4 EDT Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was the first colder than normal week since early February. Low temperatures all week hovered at and just below the freezing mark. Scattered rainfall came in on two separate occasions from passing low pressure systems. Precipitation from these systems was light, with the majority falling in the southeastern part of the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 1.04 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 57 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 2 APR 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 44.6 0.39 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.16 0.23 0.88 -0.42 -0.46 -0.52 P 1.04 KY 2 CENTRAL 42.0 0.47 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.12 0.35 0.92 -0.23 -0.76 0.16 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 38.9 0.20 0.99 8.00 99.9 0.08 0.00 0.67 -0.42 -0.87 -0.18 P KY 4 EASTERN 39.5 0.56 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.08 0.48 1.14 -0.18 -0.39 0.35 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 28 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was the first week of Spring, and it started off that way. Highs for the first half of the week were in the 70s and even 80s across the Commonwealth. However; mid week a strong cold front moved through the state. This brought scattered showers and strong to severe thunderstorms, and much colder temperatures on the backside. Highs for the 2nd half of the week dropped considerably down to the 40s, and to the 30s for lows. These cold temperatures caused rainfall to switch over to a wintery mix late in the week for northern and eastern parts of the state. Precipitation was scattered throughout the week, which caused rainfall totals to vary across the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 56 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 26 MAR 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 55.5 0.54 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.41 0.13 1.30 -1.06 1.38 -0.21 P KY 2 CENTRAL 54.9 0.44 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.41 0.03 1.15 -1.10 1.53 0.54 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 53.0 0.25 0.87 8.00 98.6 0.38 0.00 1.09 -1.10 1.47 0.42 P KY 4 EASTERN 52.8 0.69 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.36 0.33 1.32 -0.67 2.27 0.62 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 21 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was the 5th week in a row with warmer than normal temperatures. Temperatures were the warmest later in the week, with highs in the 70s and even 80s in some locations. This was also the first drier than normal week since mid February. Despite being just below normal for the week, the rainfall early this week and from the previous 3 weeks was enough to end all drought conditions across the Commonwealth. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 55 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 19 MAR 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 52.4 0.86 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.32 0.54 2.36 -1.30 4.30 0.18 P KY 2 CENTRAL 51.9 0.68 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.33 0.35 2.25 -1.56 4.22 1.19 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 49.5 0.73 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.28 0.45 2.19 -1.30 4.58 1.23 P KY 4 EASTERN 49.3 0.57 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.27 0.30 1.99 -1.39 4.23 1.06 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 14 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices For the third week in a row the Commonwealth received above normal precipitation. Rainfall came from yet another strong low pressure system that brought in ample moisture from the Gulf. The majority of rainfall came in the middle of the week, with some light snowfall having occurred on the backside of the system late Thursday into Friday in the east. Temperatures were just above normal for the week, which made this the 4th week in a row with above normal temperatures. This past week's rainfall and the previous 2 have erased any drought conditions across the state, and crop moisture indices are extremely wet all across the state. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Drying But Still Excessively Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Drying But Still Excessively Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Drying But Still Excessively Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Some Drying But Still Excessively Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 54 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 12 MAR 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 44.0 1.92 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.14 1.78 3.66 -0.09 3.65 0.32 P KY 2 CENTRAL 43.9 1.82 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.15 1.67 3.81 -0.46 3.70 1.59 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 42.6 1.83 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.13 1.70 3.49 -0.09 3.82 1.54 F KY 4 EASTERN 41.9 1.60 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.11 1.49 3.38 -0.41 3.76 1.53 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Mar 7 EST Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Another wet week in the Commonwealth as two different systems dumped widespread rainfall on the state. Both rainfall events were the result of a low pressure system moving in from the west and ample amounts of moisture moving up from the Gulf. This once again doubled the normal amount of rainfall for the week, and nearly tripled it. Temperatures were also above normal as the southerly flow that brought in moisture also brought in warmer than normal air. Drought conditions in the western part of the state were lessened by the heavy rainfall. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 53 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 5 MAR 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 50.5 2.45 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.27 2.18 3.75 0.60 2.28 -0.41 P KY 2 CENTRAL 49.7 3.04 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.26 2.78 4.27 1.27 2.44 1.35 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 47.8 2.46 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.23 2.23 3.58 0.87 2.22 1.21 F KY 4 EASTERN 48.1 3.03 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.23 2.80 3.79 1.81 2.27 1.27 F ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 28 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices The Commonwealth finally received a wet week. This past week was the first week since late last November that the state received over an inch of normal precipitation. Western and central parts of the state got the most rainfall, while eastern parts of the state got the least. The heavy rains came from a powerful low pressure system from the southwest that moved in Thursday and Friday. Temperatures were also above normal for the second straight week, due to the warm moist southerly flow. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.01 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 52 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 26 FEB 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 45.8 3.32 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.16 3.02 3.15 2.84 0.93 -1.46 P 4.01 KY 2 CENTRAL 44.2 3.03 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.14 2.79 3.00 2.39 0.71 0.54 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 42.4 2.84 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.12 2.51 2.71 2.31 0.97 0.10 P KY 4 EASTERN 44.5 2.13 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.15 1.87 1.98 1.81 -0.34 0.41 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 21 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was a warm one. High temperatures were above normal most everyday, and multiple locations even reached the 70s. The warm temperatures came from southerly flow that was present nearly all week. Despite the southerly flow, the Commonwealth did not receive much precipitation. The majority of the state did not even receive a tenth of an inch of rainfall. This leaves around 42% of the state abnormally dry, while about 8% is still in severe drought. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 10.17 inches, Central 1.93 inches, Bluegrass 4.70 inches and East 2.32 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 51 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 19 FEB 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 50.5 0.11 0.86 8.00 98.4 0.25 0.00 0.31 -0.50 -1.33 -3.12 F 10.17 KY 2 CENTRAL 47.8 0.11 0.90 8.00 98.9 0.21 0.00 0.61 -0.62 -1.10 -0.77 P 1.93 KY 3 BLUEGRASS 47.1 0.00 0.79 8.00 97.7 0.21 0.00 0.40 -0.50 -1.17 -1.74 P 4.70 KY 4 EASTERN 45.2 0.05 0.89 5.00 98.1 0.16 0.00 0.17 -0.50 -1.58 -1.05 F 2.32 ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 14 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week as a whole was bitterly cold. The week started off just a bit below normal; however by Thursday and Friday lows were dipping down to the negatives in several locations. Conditions changed rapidly across the Commonwealth by the end of the weekend, with highs in the 50s and low 60s on Sunday. Light precipitation could be seen across the state all through the middle of the week, but overall it was below normal. Most of the precipitation came as snowfall. Heaviest amounts fell in western sections of the state where accumulations between 4 to 8 inches were recorded. Elsewhere in the state received 1 to 4 inches. Latest U.S. Drought Monitor has around 40% of the state abnormally dry and about 8% still in severe drought. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 8.62 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 50 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 12 FEB 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 33.8 0.85 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.01 0.84 1.18 0.34 -0.60 -2.57 P 8.62 KY 2 CENTRAL 34.5 0.94 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.01 0.93 1.65 0.21 -0.20 -0.07 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 32.9 1.15 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 1.15 1.73 0.56 0.17 -0.37 P KY 4 EASTERN 35.9 0.57 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.03 0.54 0.95 0.04 -0.78 -0.23 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Feb 7 EST Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was the Commonwealth’s first full week of the year with above normal precipitation. Most of the precipitation came in on Tuesday and Wednesday from a very powerful low pressure system that passed just to the north of the state. Some light snowfall could be seen on the back side of the system. Temperature for the state as a whole was right at normal for the week; however temperatures did differ from east to west. Western portions of the state were around 5 or 6 degrees cooler than normal, while eastern portions of the state had above normal temperature. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 11.07 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.74 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 49 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 5 FEB 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 33.4 0.36 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.36 0.35 -0.04 -1.54 -3.05 P 11.07 KY 2 CENTRAL 32.9 0.62 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.62 1.13 0.10 -1.03 -0.30 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 31.4 0.45 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.45 0.47 -0.05 -1.36 -1.09 P 2.74 KY 4 EASTERN 32.7 0.86 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 0.86 1.22 0.36 -0.94 0.23 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 31 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Despite this past week being the first full week of the year that was warmer than normal, the first half of the week was still cool. Also a low pressure system moved thru the region, which dropped some heavy wet snow across most of the state and rainfall in the far southeast. Later in the week temperatures warmed up to some of the highest temperatures we have seen this year, highs in the 50s and even 60s in some locations. Skies even cleared up on Saturday for a mostly sunny day. Current U.S. Drought Monitor has over 60% of the Commonwealth as abnormally dry and around 7% still in severe drought. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: SEVERE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 11.12 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 1.17 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 48 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 29 JAN 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 33.4 0.36 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.36 0.39 -0.14 -1.78 -3.02 P 11.12 KY 2 CENTRAL 32.9 0.62 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.62 1.03 0.12 -1.39 -0.20 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 31.4 0.45 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.45 0.52 -0.05 -1.66 -0.62 P 1.17 KY 4 EASTERN 32.7 0.86 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 0.86 0.86 0.37 -1.65 0.09 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 24 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was another below normal temperature week in the Commonwealth. The week started off in the 40s for highs, but by mid week a cold front from a passing low pressure system moved thru the state. This dropped temperatures all across the state to well below seasonal normals. The system also produced widespread snowfall in the state. Accumulations were highest in the northern portion of the state, around 5 to 6 inches. Elsewhere in the state accumulations ranged from 1 to 4 inches. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 9.32 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 47 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 22 JAN 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 29.0 0.54 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.54 0.53 0.27 -1.13 -2.65 P 9.32 KY 2 CENTRAL 29.1 0.79 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.79 0.91 0.29 -0.84 -0.07 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 27.2 0.58 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.58 0.57 0.27 -1.18 -0.43 P KY 4 EASTERN 30.5 0.40 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 0.40 0.49 -0.10 -1.35 0.05 P ::::::::::::: Date: Tuesday Jan 18 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices This past week was another cold one in the Commonwealth. High temperatures stayed around 30 for most of the week, with lows in the 20s and even teens. Precipitation across the state was very light, and came in the form of light snow. Due to the light amounts of precipitation nearly 10% of the state remains in severe drought. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 8.49 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 46 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 15 JAN 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 26.1 0.07 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.07 0.26 -0.42 -1.30 -2.57 P 8.49 KY 2 CENTRAL 23.8 0.12 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.12 0.62 -0.39 -0.98 -0.04 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 23.2 0.09 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.09 0.30 -0.41 -1.26 -0.34 P KY 4 EASTERN 22.3 0.09 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 0.09 0.59 -0.41 -1.32 0.42 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 10 2011 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices The first full week of the New Year was a cold one. The first half of the week highs were in the 40s with lows in the 20s. By the second half of the week highs were in the low 30s to mid 20s, with lows in the teens to even single digits. Along with windy conditions this put livestock cold stress in the emergency category late in the week. The cold temperatures were due to an Alberta Clipper that moved thru the Great Lakes region. The system also brought some snowfall to the Commonwealth, with locations having received a dusting to around 3 inches. Also, nearly 10% of the state is still in severe drought. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: MODERATE DROUGHT CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 6.81 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 45 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 8 JAN 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 31.1 0.03 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.00 0.68 -0.63 -0.90 -2.21 P 6.81 KY 2 CENTRAL 29.3 0.12 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.12 1.01 -0.78 -0.28 0.52 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 27.6 0.07 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.00 0.07 0.71 -0.57 -0.23 0.09 P KY 4 EASTERN 28.9 0.15 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.00 0.15 1.00 -0.70 0.03 1.06 P ::::::::::::: Date: Monday Jan 3 EST Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices The first week that moved into the New Year was the first above normal temperature week since late November. This brought widespread rainfall instead of the snowfall, sleet, and freezing rain the state experienced earlier in the month. Rainfall came in on two occasions, mid week and New Year’s Eve into New Years Day, which put the state just above normal for precipitation for the first time in 3 weeks. Despite the average temperature being above normal, the week did end on a cold note with many locations staying around the freezing mark for highs. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 5.55 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 44 OF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 1 JAN 2011 SOIL PCT MONTH PRELIM-P PRECIP MOISTURE FIELD CHANGE MOIST FINAL -F NEEDED UPPER LOWER CAP. POT RUN CROP FROM ANOM PALMER TO END TEMP PCPN LAYER LAYER END EVAP OFF MOIST PREV (Z) DROUGHT DROUGHT ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 38.2 1.27 1.00 7.97 99.7 0.04 0.00 1.31 0.65 -0.38 -1.86 P 5.55 KY 2 CENTRAL 36.4 1.23 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.03 1.20 1.79 0.61 0.42 0.92 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 35.7 0.81 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.02 0.79 1.28 0.29 0.40 0.50 P KY 4 EASTERN 34.4 1.05 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.01 1.04 1.70 0.37 0.80 1.64 P ::::::::::::: Click Here for past weekly drought updates.


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