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 KENTUCKY CROP AND WEATHER REPORT--USDA 

Listed below are the current USDA Crop & Weather Report/Kentucky Climate Summary 
AND, in addition, previous week's reports for this year. The reports are 
produced in a joint effort by the UK Ag. Weather Center, Cooperative Extension 
Service County Agents, Farmers across the state, Kentucky Department of 
Agriculture, and the US Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural 
Statistics Service. Click  here for the PDF version. 

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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., September 25, 2017 30-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced well above normal temperatures and below 
normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.34 inches, 
0.50 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 75 degrees for the week, 8 degrees 
above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 13 percent short, 79 
percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very 
short, 14 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable 
for fieldwork averaged 5.7 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for the week included harvesting corn, soybeans, tobacco, and hay. 
The majority of the state experienced hot and dry conditions this week allowing for 
good progress in the fields. Harvesting of corn and soybeans is behind last year at 
this time while tobacco cutting is slightly ahead. Early yields for corn and soybeans 
are looking positive with condition rated as mostly good for both crops. Condition of 
housed tobacco was rated as mostly good, however it is noteworthy that there was some 
reported house burn due to the hot weather this week. Pasture conditions remain good, 
but the heatwave did stress cattle in several areas.




Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period September 18 to September 24, 2017

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall:

Fall officially started on the 22nd, but it sure did not feel like it. Kentucky 
temperatures averaged 8 degrees above normal for the week as summer heat and humidity 
returned to the area. Temperatures routinely peaked in the middle 80s to low 90s for 
most of the period. This broke a four-week streak of below normal temperatures in 
Kentucky. Scattered to numerous showers and storms pushed through the area on Monday 
and Tuesday. The highest accumulations were across Western Kentucky, which averaged 
a half inch. That number diminished to under a tenth of an inch across Eastern 
Kentucky. Other than those two days, the rest of the week featured mostly dry 
conditions with high pressure in place. 

Temperatures for the period averaged 75 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees 
warmer than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 89 in the West to 85 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 66 degrees in the 
West to 62 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and 
the extreme low was 54 degrees at RICHMOND 8E.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.34 inches statewide which was 0.5 
inches below normal and 40% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.53 inches, Central 0.33 inches, Bluegrass 0.40 inches and East 0.08 inches, which 
was 0.32, 0.59, 0.36 and 0.75 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAMPBELLSVILLE 7W to a high of 2.03 inches at 
FRANKLIN 4SW. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., September 18, 2017 29-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over 
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.75 inches, 0.09 inches below 
normal. Temperatures averaged 67 degrees for the week, 3 degrees below normal. 
Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 85 percent adequate 
and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 11 percent 
short, 81 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork 
averaged 4.5 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included harvesting tobacco, hay, corn, and soybeans. 
Recent rainfall delayed fieldwork at times, but helped in germinating fall grass 
seedings and reviving pastures. Farmers continue to monitor grain moisture content in 
harvesting corn. Livestock producers are preparing for fall breeding and vaccinating 
cattle.



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period September 11 to September 17, 2017

Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

For the second time this year, Kentucky had a remnant tropical system pass through 
the area. This time, it was the remnant system of Irma as is it moved from Florida 
to the Tennessee Valley by Tuesday and then through the Bluegrass State on Wednesday. 
This brought roughly a two to three day period of on and off showers. Unlike Harvey 
a couple weeks ago, even though coverage was widespread at times, rainfall was light 
to moderate throughout the event, leading to less in the way of accumulations. 
Overall, the state averaged three quarters of inch, which was slightly below normal 
for this time of year. The thick cloud cover and rain showers kept temperatures on 
the low side for the first half of the period, before a warming trend took the state 
back to near normal over the weekend.

Temperatures for the period averaged 67 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees 
cooler than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 79 in the West to 74 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 60 degrees in the 
West to 58 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 
degree warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and 
the extreme low was 44 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.75 inches statewide which was 0.09 
inches below normal and 89% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.80 inches, Central 0.91 inches, Bluegrass 0.76 inches and East 0.55 inches, which 
was -0.06, -0.03, 0.00 and -0.27 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.05 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS to a high 
of 1.83 inches at LIBERTY 3SW. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., September 11, 2017 28-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced well below normal temperatures and below 
normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.39 inches, 
0.40 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 64 degrees for the week, 8 degrees 
below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 80 
percent adequate and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very 
short, 11 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Days suitable 
for fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included cutting hay and tobacco along with corn 
harvesting. Soybean harvest has just begun, but it is on par with last year and the 
five year average. There was some rain and cool temperatures this week to alleviate 
the dry conditions in parts of the state. Much of the state received heavy rainfall 
from Hurricane Harvey the previous week and the ground moisture has remained 
sufficient for crop development. There is considerable weed pressure, however crops 
have been able to compete due to continued growth.



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period September 4 to September 10, 2017

Well Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall:

Much of the area got a chance to dry out from the excessive rainfall that the remnants of 
Harvey had brought the period before. The only showers and storms occurred early in 
the week with the passage of a strong cold front. While there were some locally higher 
accumulations, scattered to numerous coverage on Tuesday gave way to totals under a 
half inch for most of the state. Following the boundary passage, Kentucky stayed 
under the influence of high pressure for the remainder of the period. This feature 
kept the area dry and unseasonably cool. High temperatures typically stayed in the 
upper 60s to middle 70s for much of the area. From Tuesday night onward, at least 
some portion of the state dipped into the 40s. In fact, Wednesday night/Thursday 
morning was the coolest night of the week with the majority of the state in the 40s, 
which is more typical of the latter half of October. The lowest readings came in at 
42 degrees. This pushed Kentucky to a third straight week of below normal temperatures.

Temperatures for the period averaged 64 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees 
cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 78 in the West to 73 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 8 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 10 degrees 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 54 degrees in the 
West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 8 
degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 91 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and 
the extreme low was 42 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.39 inches statewide which was 0.4 
inches below normal and 49% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.29 inches, Central 0.50 inches, Bluegrass 0.24 inches and East 0.51 inches, which 
was 0.46, 0.38, 0.5 and 0.28 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW to a high of 1.98 inches at ALBANY 1N. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., September 5, 2017 27-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and much above 
normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 3.25 inches, 
2.50 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 69 degrees for the week, 5 degrees 
below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 69 
percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very 
short, 16 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Days suitable 
for fieldwork averaged 4.5 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for the week including harvesting hay, cutting and topping 
tobacco, and the beginning of the corn harvest. A good deal of rain brought on by 
Hurricane Harvey covered most of the state by the weekend. The steady rainfall was 
much needed in a few dry areas, however some portions of the state had flooding and 
high winds to the detriment of field crops. There were several reports of damage to 
the tobacco crop, but it was not widespread.



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period August 28 to September 3, 2017

Below Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall:

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey brought a tremendous amount of rainfall in a short 
period of time. Showers from the system started lifting through the area Thursday 
morning and lasted into Saturday. The heaviest activity occurred from Thursday night 
and lasted through the day on Friday. Widespread moderate to locally heavy showers 
were most prevalent across Central Kentucky, where combined with activity earlier in 
the week, averaged nearly 5.5 inches. This was over 4.5 inches above normal and more 
than what would typically be seen during the entire month of September. A number of 
locations even recorded over 7 inches. While Central Kentucky saw the brunt of the 
activity, most everyone saw significant rainfall for the week as the state averaged 
3.25 inches. This was by far the wettest week of 2017 in Kentucky and highest 
average total since early July of 2016. This amount of rainfall in such a short 
period led to numerous flood warnings over the course of the event. Winds also 
increased with 30 to 40+ mph wind gusts from time to time. The combination of 
precipitation and low clouds led to very cool temperatures both Friday and Saturday 
with many not getting out of the 60s for highs. This pushed Kentucky to the fourth 
week out of the past five with temperatures averaging below normal.

Temperatures for the period averaged 69 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees 
cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 81 in the West to 75 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 10 degrees 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 61 degrees in the 
West to 61 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 
degrees cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. The extreme high 
temperature for the period was 89 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low 
was 49 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 3.25 inches statewide which was 2.5 
inches above normal and 436% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 2.89 inches, Central 5.37 inches, Bluegrass 2.80 inches and East 1.94 inches, 
which was 2.21, 4.57, 2.07 and 1.17 inches above normal. By station, precipitation 
totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 9.47 
inches at GLASGOW 11W. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., August 28, 2017 26-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over 
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.52 inches, 0.28 inches below 
normal. Temperatures averaged 72 degrees for the week, 3 degrees below normal. 
Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 31 percent short, 62 percent 
adequate and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 26 
percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 6.0 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included topping and cutting tobacco, and harvesting 
hay. Producers cut silage, and the harvest of corn for grain started in a few areas. 
Western and central portions of the state continued to experience dry conditions, 
with some improvements reported in eastern counties this past week from scattered 
storms.



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period August 21 to August 27, 2017

Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

The much-anticipated solar eclipse came and went on a hot and humid Monday. Highs 
peaked in the low 90s after taking a dip of more than 5 degrees in some areas of 
Western Kentucky during totality. The heat did not last long as a strong cold front 
swung through the area on Tuesday. This boundary sparked a line of storms, some 
strong to severe, with damaging winds as the main threat. Overall, this was the only 
rainfall event for the week, but with a moist air mass in place, the state still 
averaged a half inch. Some areas received much more than others. A more fall-like air 
mass then moved into the area for the remainder of the period. High temperatures 
peaked in the upper 70s to middle 80s with lows dropping into the 50s, which is more 
typical of mid to late September. Some of the typical cooler spots even dipped 
into the 40s. This continued the trend of a cooler August as temperatures have 
averaged below normal three of the past four weeks in Kentucky.

Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees 
cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 85 in the West to 82 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 62 degrees in the 
West to 60 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 
degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 94 degrees at MADISONVILLE 4S and the 
extreme low was 49 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.52 inches statewide which was 0.28 
inches below normal and 65% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.38 inches, Central 0.32 inches, Bluegrass 0.71 inches and East 0.66 inches, which 
was 0.34, 0.49, 0.09 and 0.2 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 1.75 
inches at VANCEBURG 6W. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., August 21, 2017 25-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over 
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.99 inches, 0.13 inches above 
normal. Temperatures averaged 78 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. 
Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 23 percent short, 70 percent 
adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 23 
percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 5.7 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping and cutting tobacco. Early 
planted corn is drying down; some producers are chopping silage. Varied rainfall was 
experienced across the state this week, with more precipitation in central and 
eastern portions of the state. Some areas remain dry with rainfall needed to 
replenish pastures and finish out crops. Showers delayed fieldwork at times, 
including topping tobacco and cutting hay. Pastures are holding well in most locations, 
but higher temperatures this week affected cattle grazing times.



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period August 14 to August 20, 2017

Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

The Bluegrass State saw a second straight week of above normal rainfall, while summer 
heat and humidity returned to the area after a two-week absence. Scattered to 
numerous showers and storms returned on Wednesday and Thursday, diminishing going 
into the day on Friday with the passage of a cold front. Combined with some activity 
on Monday, much of the area saw more than a half inch of rainfall, peaking in Eastern 
Kentucky with an average of nearly 1.5 inches. With that said, the moist air mass in 
place and multiple rounds of storms led to some locally higher amounts in the 2 to 3 
inch range. Ahead of the front, temperatures consistently lifted into the middle 80s 
to lower 90s for much of Kentucky. High dew points gave the feel that summer had 
returned, pushing heat indices well into the 90s and even approaching 100. Even with 
the passage of a cold front going into the weekend, temperatures did not break much 
with only less muggy conditions in place.

Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees 
warmer than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 87 in the West to 85 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degrees 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the 
West to 68 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 96 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the 
extreme low was 48 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.99 inches statewide which was 0.13 
inches above normal and 115% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 0.60 inches, Central 0.87 inches, Bluegrass 1.01 inches and East 1.47 inches, 
which was -0.18, 0.02, 0.14 and 0.54 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at FORT KNOX to a high of 4.03 
inches at SOMERSET. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., August 14, 2017 24-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal 
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.50 inches, 0.60 
inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 72 degrees for the week, 4 degrees below 
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 22 percent short, 72 percent 
adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 24 
percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping and cutting tobacco, and 
monitoring fields for disease. Corn harvesting has begun in areas that received 
favorable weather. Some producers reported corn stress due to dry weather during 
pollination. Double crop soybeans are also struggling in some areas due to heat and 
dry weather. Even with the sometimes adverse conditions, corn was rated seventy nine 
percent good to excellent. Soybeans were rated as seventy four percent good to excellent. 
Tobacco was in mostly good to fair condition based on producer reports.




Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period August 7 to August 13, 2017

Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

Carrying over from the previous period, widespread showers continued to fall early 
Monday with a passing area of low pressure. Scattered coverage remained later in the 
day before diminishing going into Tuesday with high pressure building into the 
Bluegrass State. After a couple of dry days, isolated to scattered showers returned 
Thursday through Saturday, ending with the passage of a weak cold front. Central and 
Eastern Kentucky were the focus for any accumulations. Overall, Eastern Kentucky 
came out well ahead of other portions of Kentucky, averaging over 2.5 inches for the 
week. The active pattern led to a second straight week of unseasonably cool 
temperatures.  

Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees 
cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged 
from 83 in the West to 80 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures 
ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 6 degrees cooler than normal 
in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 64 degrees in the West to 64 degrees in 
the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than 
normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high 
temperature for the period was 90 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 52 
degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.50 inches statewide which was 0.6 
inches above normal and 167% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 0.80 inches, Central 1.77 inches, Bluegrass 0.76 inches and East 2.67 inches, 
which was -0.05, 0.90, -0.12 and 1.68 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.17 inches at CALHOUN 5NW to a high of 
5.22 inches at ALBANY 1N. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., August 7, 2017 23-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over 
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.80 inches, 0.16 inches below 
normal. Temperatures averaged 72 degrees for the week, 4 degrees below normal. 
Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 25 percent short, 66 percent 
adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 23 
percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included scouting crops for disease, spraying 
fungicides, and cutting hay. Preparations for cutting tobacco are underway, with some 
reports of harvesting starting in western counties. Heat, scattered storms, and 
disease are having varied impacts on crops across the state. Some disease incidence 
reports include sugarcane aphids on sorghum, common and southern rust in corn, and 
downy mildew on soybeans.



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period July 31 to August 6, 2017

Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

The week started with high pressure in place, keeping the area dry. From there on 
out, an active pattern set up for much of the remaining period. Isolated to scattered 
coverage was seen Tuesday through Friday, eventually ending with the passage of a 
cold front. This boundary really sent temperatures and moisture on the downhill 
slide as high pressure of Canadian origin moved into the area. Fall-like 
temperatures were seen over the weekend with lows dipping well into the 50s and highs 
only in the 70s. Showers and storms returned on Sunday, eventually becoming 
widespread later in the day. Rainfall continued into the overnight and surpassed the 
cutoff time for data entry into this period (represented in next week’s summary). 

Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees 
cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 83 in the West to 82 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 64 degrees in the 
West to 60 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 
degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at MADISONVILLE 4S and the 
extreme low was 50 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.80 inches statewide which was 0.16 
inches below normal and 84% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.92 inches, Central 0.64 inches, Bluegrass 1.05 inches and East 0.60 inches, which 
was 0.00, -0.29, 0.11 and -0.44 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at FORT KNOX to a high of 2.20 
inches at OWENTON 5E.


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., July 31, 2017 22-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and above normal 
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.14 inches, 0.16 
inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, unchanged from 
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 31 percent short, 59 percent 
adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 25 
percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 5.7 out of a possible seven.

Kentucky finally saw some relief from both the dry conditions and extreme 
heat/humidity. This relief came in the form of a cold front late in the workweek. 
After only seeing isolated coverage early in the period, scattered to numerous 
showers and storms formed late Thursday. This activity continued into the overnight 
and until the eventual passage of the cold front later in the day on Friday. Eastern 
Kentucky came out well ahead of other portions of the state, averaging more than 2 
inches for the seven-day period. That number decreased down to about a half inch for 
Western Kentucky. The above normal temperatures early in the week turned below normal 
for the weekend. High pressure of Canadian origin kept the Commonwealth much cooler 
and noticeably less humid.

Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping tobacco, and monitoring of 
corn and soybeans. There was some relief from the hot/dry conditions this week as 
scattered rain brought in cooler temperatures. Even with the recent precipitation 
some areas are still very dry and stress can be seen in the crops. It is of note that 
some areas received very heavy rain and some tobacco was reported as damaged from 
flooding. Tobacco, corn, and soybean conditions remain mostly good despite 
unpredictable weather.

Pasture and hay fields are in mostly good condition. Hay supplies are 2 percent very 
short, 9 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.




Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period July 24 to July 30, 2017

Near Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

Kentucky finally saw some relief from both the dry conditions and extreme 
heat/humidity. This relief came in the form of a cold front late in the workweek. 
After only seeing isolated coverage early in the period, scattered to numerous 
showers and storms formed late Thursday. This activity continued into the overnight 
and until the eventual passage of the cold front later in the day on Friday. Eastern 
Kentucky came out well ahead of other portions of the state, averaging more than 2 
inches for the seven-day period. That number decreased down to about a half inch for 
Western Kentucky. The above normal temperatures early in the week turned below normal 
for the weekend. High pressure of Canadian origin kept the Commonwealth much cooler 
and noticeably less humid.

Temperatures for the period averaged 76 degrees across the state which was
near normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 88 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the 
West to 65 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 97 degrees at EVANSVILLE ASOS and the 
extreme low was 52 degrees at MOREHEAD 4NE.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.14 inches statewide which was 0.16 
inches above normal and 116% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 0.55 inches, Central 0.66 inches, Bluegrass 1.27 inches and East 2.07 inches, 
which was -0.39, -0.33, 0.30 and 1.05 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at MAYFIELD 6SW to a high of 
4.42 inches at BIG SANDY. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., July 24, 2017 21-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal 
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.66 inches, 0.31 
inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 80 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above 
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 26 percent short, 65 percent 
adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 20 
percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 6.4 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included spraying of tobacco, corn, and soybeans. 
Extreme heat and dry conditions have stressed both crops and pasture. Weather impact 
has been especially visible in pollinating corn and blooming soybeans. There have 
been some cases of disease in both crops, however not widespread. Even with the dry 
and hot weather, corn, soybean, and tobacco conditions remain mostly good to fair at 
this time. Rain over the weekend should improve conditions in some areas.



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period July 17 to July 23, 2017

Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall:

Kentucky saw an extended stretch of heat and humidity build into the area. The heat 
peaked on Friday and Saturday with the majority of the state in the low to middle 
90s, but some locations even jumped into the upper 90s. While temperatures for the 
week were not too far from normal, it was the amount of moisture in the air that led 
to oppressive conditions. Dew points in the low to middle 70s sent heat indices well 
over 100, approaching 110 at times. A Heat Advisory was issued for much of the 
state.  Livestock heat stress continued to run in the danger to emergency category 
with not much recovery seen during the overnight hours. Up until the weekend, 
rainfall continued to be lacking. Only isolated activity was seen over the course of 
much of the period. That changed for the northern half of Kentucky late Saturday and 
into Sunday as a couple clusters of storms brought numerous to widespread rain 
coverage. Overall, other than the Bluegrass area, rainfall was below normal for a 
second straight week. 

Temperatures for the period averaged 80 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees 
warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 92 in the West to 90 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 71 degrees in the 
West to 68 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 99 degrees at EVANSVILLE ASOS and the 
extreme low was 59 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.66 inches statewide which was 0.31 
inches below normal and 68% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.41 inches, Central 0.45 inches, Bluegrass 1.11 inches and East 0.66 inches, which 
was -0.51, -0.54, 0.17 and -0.35 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BENTON 4N to a high of 6.77 
inches at MAYSVILLE 3SW. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., July 17, 2017 20-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced slightly above normal temperatures and below 
normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.30 inches, 
0.70 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 78 degrees for the week, 1 degrees 
above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 78 
percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very 
short, 12 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Days suitable 
for fieldwork averaged 6.0 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included cutting hay and spraying row crops. Very wet 
weather early in the month gave way to hot, dry conditions typical for this point in 
the season. There is a presence of disease in some crops, but it is not widespread. 
Some crops were helped by the drier conditions, however others have been stressed by 
the intense heat throughout the state. Also pasture condition has been negatively 
affected by the hot, dry weather in some areas.



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period July 10 to July 16, 2017

Slightly Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall:

Hot and muggy conditions stuck around for much of the period, but comparing to what 
Kentucky typically sees in July, it was not that far from normal. Highs typically 
rose into the upper 80s to low 90s, but a handful of locations even jumped into the 
middle 90s. Combined with high dew points in the 70s, heat indices increased well 
into the 90s and low 100s at times, creating stressful conditions for livestock in 
the afternoon and evening hours. Mostly dry conditions accompanied the heat. 
Coverage at any point through the period was isolated to scattered at best. While 
some areas saw some beneficial rainfall, many locations received less than a tenth of an 
inch for the week. When looking at statewide accumulations, this was one of the 
driest weeks of the 2017 growing season.  

Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which was 1 degree 
warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 89 in the West to 87 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to near normal in 
the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the West to 66 degrees in the 
East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal 
in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature 
for the period was 95 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 56 degrees at 
PAINTSVILLE 4W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.30 inches statewide which was 0.7 
inches below normal and 30% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.15 inches, Central 0.19 inches, Bluegrass 0.42 inches and East 0.46 inches, which 
was 0.83, 0.82, 0.56 and 0.56 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 2.48 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S.


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., July 10, 2017 19-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced normal temperatures and much above normal 
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.91 inches, 0.92 
inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, unchanged from 
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 78 percent 
adequate and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 
percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 4.0 out of a possible seven.

Wet conditions throughout the week hindered progress in the fields. Farmers need some 
dry weather to cut hay and apply herbicides to soybean fields with heavy weed growth. 
Average height of soybeans was 17 inches, compared to 11 inches last week, and 13 
inches at this time last year.




Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period July 3 to July 9, 2017

Near Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall:

The Commonwealth saw an extended stretch of humid and wet weather that lasted through 
Friday. As several disturbances moved through the area, showers and storms developed 
on a daily basis. Storms were capable of very heavy rainfall as the state sat within 
a very moist air mass. The unsettled pattern ended with the passage of a cold front 
on Friday, bringing a line of strong to severe storms through the Lower Ohio Valley. 
Overall, the state averaged nearly 2 inches for the week, which was almost an inch 
above normal. This made for the second time in three weeks that the state had 
averaged over 1.5 inches. Dry conditions returned for the weekend with lower 
humidity in place.

Temperatures for the period averaged 76 degrees across the state which was 
near normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 85 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the 
West to 66 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 91 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS and the 
extreme low was 56 degrees at CINCINNATI.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.91 inches statewide which was 0.92 
inches above normal and 193% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 1.57 inches, Central 2.40 inches, Bluegrass 1.82 inches and East 1.84 inches, 
which was 0.57, 1.41, 0.86 and 0.83 inches above normal. By station, precipitation 
totals ranged from a low of 0.65 inches at MADISONVILLE 4S to a high of 3.88 
inches at MCKEE 5S. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., July 5, 2017 18-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over 
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.40 inches, 0.58 inches below 
normal. Temperatures averaged 72 degrees for the week, 3 degrees below normal. 
Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 76 percent 
adequate and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 11 
percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven.

Rainfall was scattered across the state with some areas getting heavy precipitation 
while others remain very dry. As a result of the heavy showers there was some 
drowning out of tobacco and some sign of disease. These conditions were very 
concentrated and not widespread. Primary activities for the week when weather 
permitted were hay baling and any necessary replanting of tobacco, corn, and 
soybeans.

The average height of emerged soybeans was 11 inches, compared to 6 inches last week, 
and 9 inches for this time last year. The quality of hay made was 1 percent very poor, 
5 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.




Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period June 26 to July 2, 2017

Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

The period opened up with unseasonably cool temperatures and low humidity in place 
behind a departing cold front. A dry northwest flow kept high temperatures down in 
the middle to upper 70s both Monday and Tuesday. This pattern was short-lived as 
high pressure shifted to the east on Wednesday, turning winds to the south. 
Temperatures and humidity gradually increased across the area, returning to more 
seasonable norms. After a mostly dry first half of the period, showers and storms 
returned on a daily basis between Thursday and Sunday, ending with the passage of a 
cold front. Even with the unsettled pattern in place, rainfall coverage and 
accumulations were lacking. The state ended the week over a half inch below normal on 
average.

Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees 
cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged 
from 84 in the West to 81 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures 
ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal 
in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 64 degrees in the West to 60 degrees in 
the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than 
normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high 
temperature for the period was 92 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 46 
degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.40 inches statewide which was 0.58 
inches below normal and 41% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.54 inches, Central 0.67 inches, Bluegrass 0.24 inches and East 0.13 inches, which 
was 0.44, 0.3, 0.73 and 0.89 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 2.04 inches at ELKTON 5SW.


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., June 26, 2017 17-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and much above 
normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.32 inches, 
1.30 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 73 degrees for the week, 1 degree 
below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 14 
percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 7 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 
10 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.7 out of a possible seven.

Extremely wet conditions returned to the Bluegrass State as the remnants of Tropical 
Storm Cindy and a cold front interacted with one another over the latter half of the 
workweek.  The state saw a couple rounds of widespread showers and storms, the first 
coming on Thursday and the other Friday.  With abundant moisture in place, torrential 
downpours were common across the area.  This led to numerous reports of flash 
flooding and creeks/streams on the rise, more so on Friday. Overall, much of the 
state saw over an inch for the week, but some areas in the Bluegrass hardest hit by 
flooding received in upwards of 2 to 3 inches.  Just like earlier in the 
workweek, the passing cold front signaled the start of a cooler, less humid,
and dry pattern for the weekend. 

Primary activities this week included harvesting wheat, planting soybeans, cutting 
hay, and scouting fields for pests and diseases. Heavy rain towards the end of the 
week from Tropical Storm Cindy delayed fieldwork, with reports of flash flooding and 
crop damage. Producers are monitoring crop conditions to determine if any replanting 
is needed. The average height of emerged soybeans was 6 inches. The average height of 
tobacco in the field was 14 inches, compared to 10 inches last week and 12 inches last 
year at this time.



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period June 19 to June 25, 2017

Below Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall:

Extremely wet conditions returned to the Bluegrass State as the remnants of Tropical 
Storm Cindy and a cold front interacted with one another over the latter half of the 
workweek.  The state saw a couple rounds of widespread showers and storms, the first 
coming on Thursday and the other Friday.  With abundant moisture in place, torrential 
downpours were common across the area.  This led to numerous reports of flash 
flooding and creeks/streams on the rise, more so on Friday. Overall, much of the 
state saw over an inch for the week, but some areas in the Bluegrass hardest hit by 
flooding received in upwards of 2 to 3 inches.  Just like earlier in the 
workweek, the passing cold front signaled the start of a cooler, less humid,
and dry pattern for the weekend. 

Temperatures for the period averaged 73 degrees across the state which was 1 degree 
cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 84 in the West to 80 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 65 degrees in the 
West to 64 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 
near normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The 
extreme high temperature for the period was 93 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the 
extreme low was 51 degrees at CINCINNATI.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.32 inches statewide which was 1.3 
inches above normal and 229% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 1.77 inches, Central 2.46 inches, Bluegrass 3.01 inches and East 2.05 inches, 
which was 0.76, 1.45, 2 and 1.02 inches above normal. By station, precipitation 
totals ranged from a low of 0.08 inches at YELLOW CREEK to a high of 4.94 
inches at ELIZABETHTOWN 8W. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., June 19, 2017 16-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over 
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.41 inches, 0.40 inches above 
normal. Temperatures averaged 77 degrees for the week, 4 degrees above normal. 
Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 81 percent 
adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 
percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included harvesting wheat, cutting hay, planting 
soybeans and tobacco, and scouting crops. Spotty showers and rainfall events led to 
some reports of local flooding in low-lying fields and delayed fieldwork 
periodically. Precipitation has helped to green-up pastures and hay fields. The first 
cutting of hay is finishing up in most areas. The average height of emerged corn was 
38 inches, compared to 37 inches last year. The average height of tobacco in the 
field was 10 inches, compared to 9 inches last year.

Some disease and insect pressure has been reported in fruit and vegetable crops. 
Livestock heat stress was of concern this week due to high temperatures and humidity.



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period June 12 to June 18, 2017

Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

The Commonwealth saw an early start to summer as heat, humidity, and an unsettled 
pattern returned to the area. Highs consistently rose into the middle 80s to low 90s 
throughout the week. Combined with high humidity, heat indices increased well into 
the 90s. This pushed the livestock heat stress index into the danger category 
through the afternoon and early evening hours each day. With the heat and humidity in 
place, an unstable air mass developed almost each day of the week, leading to 
isolated to scattered storms. Even numerous coverage on Sunday. The very moist air 
led to torrential rainfall from time to time. Overall, the state averaged well over an 
inch for the week, just short of a half inch above normal.

Temperatures for the period averaged 77 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees 
warmer than normal and 10 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 88 in the West to 86 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the 
West to 66 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 94 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and 
the extreme low was 60 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.41 inches statewide which was 0.4 
inches above normal and 140% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 1.43 inches, Central 1.14 inches, Bluegrass 1.59 inches and East 1.46 inches, 
which was 0.46, 0.13, 0.57 and 0.43 inches above normal. By station, precipitation 
totals ranged from a low of 0.16 inches at WHITESBURG 2NW to a high of 3.62 
inches at FRANKFORT 7S. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., June 12, 2017 15-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over 
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.91 inches, 0.16 inches below 
normal. Temperatures averaged 68 degrees for the week, 3 degrees below normal. 
Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 77 percent 
adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 
percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for 
fieldwork averaged 5.5 out of a possible seven.

The week started out with a very moist air mass in place. Showers and storms 
progressed through the area over the course of Monday, ending with the passage of a 
cold front. For much of the state, this was the only rainfall for the week. Following 
the cold front, much cooler and less humid air pushed into Kentucky for the next few 
days. Most stayed in the 70s, but some in the Bluegrass only saw highs in the 60s on 
Wednesday. Other than some very light showers across the Bluegrass and Eastern 
Kentucky, most remained dry. The dry stretch continued into the weekend, but with 
southerly flow in place, temperatures rose each day. By Sunday, highs were once again 
in the middle to upper 80s.

Primary activities this week included harvesting wheat, and planting soybeans and 
tobacco. Some soybean fields continue to be replanted due to damage from slugs and 
heavy rainfall events earlier in the season. Prevailing dry conditions allowed 
farmers to cut and bale hay during the week. Double crop soybean planting has started 
as winter wheat begins to be removed from fields. The average height of emerged corn 
was 23 inches, compared to 24 inches last year. The tobacco crop is rated in mostly 
good condition. The average height of tobacco in the field was 6 inches.



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period June 5 to June 11, 2017

Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

The week started out with a very moist air mass in place. Showers and storms 
progressed through the area over the course of Monday, ending with the passage of a 
cold front. For much of the state, this was the only rainfall for the week. Following 
the cold front, much cooler and less humid air pushed into Kentucky for the next few 
days. Most stayed in the 70s, but some in the Bluegrass only saw highs in the 60s on 
Wednesday. Other than some very light showers across the Bluegrass and Eastern 
Kentucky, most remained dry. The dry stretch continued into the weekend, but with 
southerly flow in place, temperatures rose each day. By Sunday, highs were once again 
in the middle to upper 80s.

Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees 
cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 81 in the West to 77 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 60 degrees in the 
West to 57 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 
degrees cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. The 
extreme high temperature for the period was 91 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the 
extreme low was 47 degrees at OWINGSVILLE 4S.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.91 inches statewide which was 0.16 
inches below normal and 85% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
1.13 inches, Central 1.09 inches, Bluegrass 0.45 inches and East 0.98 inches, which 
was 0.11, 0.01, -0.64 and -0.09 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.05 inches at HICKMAN 2E to a high of 3.96 
inches at FORT CAMPBELL. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., June 5, 2017 14-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal 
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.32 inches, 0.78 
inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 70 degrees for the week, 1 degree above 
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 15 
percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 82 
percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.3 
out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included planting corn and soybeans, and setting 
tobacco. Corn planting is nearing completion for the season. Other activities 
included sidedressing corn with nitrogen and spraying fields. The average height of 
emerged corn was 16 inches, compared to 9 inches last week.

Weather conditions were favorable this week, providing an opportunity to harvest and 
bale hay. Some earlier planted soybeans are being replanted in fields that were 
severely damaged by excessive rainfall and slugs. Producers continue to monitor wheat 
conditions and test weights in preparation for harvest. 



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period May 29 to June 4, 2017

Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall:

The Bluegrass State averaged slightly under a third of an inch this past week, which 
marked one of the driest weeks the state has seen in quite a while. In fact, 
according to data with the UK Ag Weather Center, the second week of February was the 
last time there was a lower average. Until Sunday, rainfall coverage was fairly low 
each day throughout the week. Most remained dry more times than not. Sunday brought 
more coverage, mainly across the western and south-central Kentucky, as more moisture 
streamed into the area. While the week ended on the dry side, temperatures mostly 
stayed in the 80s throughout the week, finishing slightly above normal.

Temperatures for the period averaged 70 degrees across the state which was 1 degree 
warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 84 in the West to 81 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 62 degrees in the 
West to 57 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the 
extreme low was 47 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.32 inches statewide which was 0.78 
inches below normal and 29% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.49 inches, Central 0.43 inches, Bluegrass 0.13 inches and East 0.22 inches, which 
was 0.59, 0.71, 0.95 and 0.89 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BRANDENBURG 4SW to a high of 2.29 inches at 
BOWLING GREEN APT. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., May 30, 2017 13-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal 
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.88 inches, 0.77 
inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 66 degrees for the week, 1 degree below 
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 25 
percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 
18 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.8 out of a possible seven.

Storms and heavy rain led to delays in fieldwork this week and caused damage, with 
some reports of lodging in wheat. When weather conditions permitted, primary 
activities included planting corn and soybeans, and transplanting tobacco. Continued 
wet conditions have producers concerned for controlling weeds and pests. The average 
height of emerged corn was 9 inches.

During dry stretches producers were able to cut hay. Hay and roughage supplies were 
reported as 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 11 
percent surplus. Spring breeding of cattle is also underway.




Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period May 22 to May 28, 2017

Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

An active pattern once again led to multiple rounds of showers and storms throughout 
the week. The state averaged 1.88 inches, which was about three quarters of an inch 
above normal. This added to an already wet May, where Central/Eastern Kentucky and 
the Bluegrass have all averaged over 6 inches. Showers and storms were most widespread 
both Wednesday and Saturday with a couple passing low-pressure systems. With a very 
moist air mass in place, storms were very efficient rainfall producers, leading to 
flash flooding at times. The very unstable air mass on Saturday also produced 
numerous strong to severe storms with some producing damaging winds and large hail. 
With the active pattern in place, cloud cover and precipitation kept temperatures on 
the low side for most of the week leading to the second week in May with below normal 
temperatures.

Temperatures for the period averaged 66 degrees across the state which was 1 degree 
cooler than normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 76 in the West to 72 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler 
than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 58 degrees in the West to 58 
degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from  near normal 
in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature 
for the period was 88 degrees at EVANSVILLE ASOS and the extreme low was 46 degrees at 
MONTICELLO AWOS.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.88 inches statewide which was 0.77 
inches above normal and 169% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 1.56 inches, Central 1.90 inches, Bluegrass 1.80 inches and East 2.25 inches, 
which was 0.46, 0.74, 0.73 and 1.13 inches above normal. By station, precipitation 
totals ranged from a low of 0.53 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 4.58 
inches at SOMERSET. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., May 22, 2017 12-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced well above normal temperatures and above 
normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.31 inches, 
0.18 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 74 degrees for the week, 9 degrees 
above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 20 
percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 
15 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.3 out of a possible seven.

While it was the middle of May, it felt more like summer for much of the week as warm 
and muggy conditions returned to the Bluegrass State. Until the last day of the 
period, each day saw highs rise into the 80s for much of the area. Normal 
temperatures for this time of the year are in the middle to upper 70s. Depending on 
location, the period started with 3 to 4 days of mostly clear and dry conditions, but 
showers and storms returned for the latter half of the week. Starting Wednesday 
night, several rounds of scattered storms pushed across Kentucky through Sunday. Just 
like previous weeks, storms were capable of very heavy rain from time to time, along 
with intense lightning. Even with a few days of dry weather, most of the state still 
averaged over an inch for the week.

Farmers were able to make some progress in the fields thanks to several days of warm 
temperatures and dry weather early in the week. The dry weather gave way to heavy 
rain towards the end of the week. Primary activities for the week included planting 
of corn, soybeans, and tobacco along with hay cutting. Producers expect good hay 
yields in most areas, however there were reports of low yields for first cuttings as 
well.



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period May 15 to May 21, 2017

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

While it was the middle of May, it felt more like summer for much of the week as warm 
and muggy conditions returned to the Bluegrass State. Until the last day of the 
period, each day saw highs rise into the 80s for much of the area. Normal 
temperatures for this time of the year are in the middle to upper 70s. Depending on 
location, the period started with 3 to 4 days of mostly clear and dry conditions, but 
showers and storms returned for the latter half of the week. Starting Wednesday 
night, several rounds of scattered storms pushed across Kentucky through Sunday. Just 
like previous weeks, storms were capable of very heavy rain from time to time, along 
with intense lightning. Even with a few days of dry weather, most of the state still 
averaged over an inch for the week.

Temperatures for the period averaged 74 degrees across the state which was 9 degrees 
warmer than normal and 10 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 84 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 66 degrees in the 
West to 62 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 10 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 12 degrees warmer than normal in the 
East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 91 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W 
and the extreme low was 50 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.31 inches statewide which was 0.18 
inches above normal and 115% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 0.72 inches, Central 1.79 inches, Bluegrass 1.29 inches and East 1.45 inches, 
which was -0.43, 0.60, 0.21 and 0.33 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at PADUCAH ASOS to a high of 
5.99 inches at SCOTTSVILLE 2W. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., May 15, 2017 11-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and rainfall over 
the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.05 inches, 0.05 inches below 
normal. Temperatures averaged 64 degrees for the week, 1 degrees above normal. 
Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 28 percent 
surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 17 
percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.2 out of a possible seven.

The Bluegrass State remained in an active pattern for the workweek as a frontal 
boundary slowly worked north and south across the Lower Ohio Valley. Most of the 
showers and storms were seen across the northern half of the state to start the 
period, but slowly shifted south into the latter half of the workweek. Widespread 
showers and storms developed Thursday and Friday with some producing torrential 
rainfall and gusty winds at times. After three straight weeks with rainfall totals 
averaging above 1.5 inches, Western Kentucky finally got a break, only averaging less 
than a half inch for the week. The rest of the state was over an inch.  Conditions 
then finally became dry heading into the weekend with mostly clear skies and 
temperatures on the rise. Temperature-wise, the week started with well below normal 
temperatures in place. Clear skies led to temperatures plummeting Monday morning 
across the eastern half of Kentucky. Many dipped into the 30s. Otherwise, highs rose 
back into the 70s and 80s for much of the period.

Primary activities this week included corn and soybean planting, spraying, and hay 
cutting. There were a few days of relief from the wet weather that allowed farmers to 
resume fieldwork. Tobacco setting is moving forward steadily as farmers are 
optimizing their time when the weather permits. Tobacco transplant supplies were 
reported as 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 89 percent adequate, and 7 percent 
surplus. Twelve percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 37 percent 
between 2-4 inches, and 51 percent over 4 inches. 



Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period May 8 to May 14, 2017

Near Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

The Bluegrass State remained in an active pattern for the workweek as a frontal 
boundary slowly worked north and south across the Lower Ohio Valley. Most of the 
showers and storms were seen across the northern half of the state to start the 
period, but slowly shifted south into the latter half of the workweek. Widespread 
showers and storms developed Thursday and Friday with some producing torrential 
rainfall and gusty winds at times. After three straight weeks with rainfall totals 
averaging above 1.5 inches, Western Kentucky finally got a break, only averaging less 
than a half inch for the week. The rest of the state was over an inch.  Conditions 
then finally became dry heading into the weekend with mostly clear skies and 
temperatures on the rise. Temperature-wise, the week started with well below normal 
temperatures in place. Clear skies led to temperatures plummeting Monday morning 
across the eastern half of Kentucky. Many dipped into the 30s. Otherwise, highs rose 
back into the 70s and 80s for much of the period.

Temperatures for the period averaged 64 degrees across the state which was 1 degree 
warmer than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 79 in the West to 74 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 57 degrees in the 
West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the 
extreme low was 30 degrees at CINCINNATI.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.05 inches statewide which was 0.05 
inches below normal and 95% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.44 inches, Central 1.12 inches, Bluegrass 1.30 inches and East 1.34 inches, which 
was -0.72, -0.04, 0.27 and 0.28 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at MUNFORDVILLE 6E to a high of 
2.76 inches at OWINGSVILLE 4S. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., May 8, 2017 10-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal 
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.70 inches, 0.61 
inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 56 degrees for the week, 5 degrees below 
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 37 
percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 
26 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 2.7 out of a possible seven.

The wet pattern continued across the Bluegrass State, but this time, high 
accumulations were seen statewide. After a very active week, the state averaged 1.70 
inches, which was over a half inch above normal. Most fell over the second half of 
the workweek as low pressure slowly worked across the area, leading to multiple 
rounds of widespread showers. Following a fast moving disturbance on Saturday and 
some lingering light showers, conditions finally dried off for the latter half of the 
weekend. The unsettled pattern kept temperatures running below normal for much of the 
period. Highs only rose into the middle 50s to low 60s on Friday, which was well 
below normal for this time of year. Skies cleared Saturday night and led to lows 
dropping into the 30s for much of Central/Eastern Kentucky and the Bluegrass. This 
period marked only the third time this year that the Bluegrass State had temperatures
average below normal.

Primary activities this week included the continuation of corn and soybean planting 
along with tobacco setting when the weather permitted. Excess precipitation and cool 
temperatures over the past week delayed planting progress for many producers across 
the state. While some farmers are optimistic about wheat production, others are 
expecting short yields due to a freeze in mid-March. That same March freeze may 
affect first cut Alfalfa yields as well. Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 
2 percent short, 92 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Nineteen percent of 
tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 39 percent between 2-4 inches, and 42 
percent over 4 inches. 




Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period May 1 to May 7, 2017

Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

The wet pattern continued across the Bluegrass State, but this time, high 
accumulations were seen statewide. After a very active week, the state averaged 1.70 
inches, which was over a half inch above normal. Most fell over the second half of 
the workweek as low pressure slowly worked across the area, leading to multiple 
rounds of widespread showers. Following a fast moving disturbance on Saturday and 
some lingering light showers, conditions finally dried off for the latter half of the 
weekend. The unsettled pattern kept temperatures running below normal for much of the 
period. Highs only rose into the middle 50s to low 60s on Friday, which was well 
below normal for this time of year. Skies cleared Saturday night and led to lows 
dropping into the 30s for much of Central/Eastern Kentucky and the Bluegrass. This 
period marked only the third time this year that the Bluegrass State had temperatures
average below normal.

Temperatures for the period averaged 56 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees 
cooler than normal and 12 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 66 in the West to 66 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 8 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 47 degrees in the 
West to 48 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 
degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 81 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the 
extreme low was 33 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.70 inches statewide which was 0.61 
inches above normal and 156% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 1.64 inches, Central 1.83 inches, Bluegrass 1.66 inches and East 1.66 inches, 
which was 0.44, 0.7, 0.65 and 0.64 inches above normal. By station, precipitation 
totals ranged from a low of 0.60 inches at HINDMAN 5N to a high of 3.55 inches at 
WHITLEY CITY 3N. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., May 1, 2017 09-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and near normal 
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.02 inches, 0.04 
inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 68 degrees for the week, 9 degrees above 
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 35 
percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 7 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 
28 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.5 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included planting corn and soybeans. Portions of the 
state continue to deal with wet conditions halting progress in the fields. Producers 
sprayed wheat for head scab and stripe rust when weather permitted. The average 
height of winter wheat was 26 inches, compared to 24 inches last week.

Most hay has not been cut at this point as producers are awaiting a break in the wet 
weather. Alfalfa hay average height was 13 inches, compared to 10 inches last week. 
Hay and roughage supplies were reported as 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 74 
percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. Tobacco transplant supplies were reported 
as 3 percent short, 89 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Twenty-six percent of 
tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 46 percent between 2-4 inches, and 28 
percent over 4 inches. 




Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period April 24 to April 30, 2017

Above Normal Temperatures and Near Normal Rainfall:

Depending on location, it was either a very wet or a dry week in Kentucky. Portions 
of the Commonwealth along the Ohio River, running from Western Kentucky and up into 
the Northern Bluegrass, saw the highest accumulations for the period.  Western 
Kentucky averaged over 2 inches for a second straight week. In fact, the western-
most couple tiers of counties accumulated 3 to 4+ inches. These totals diminished 
rapidly farther east as Eastern Kentucky averaged just 0.26 inches for the week. 
Most of the showers and storms passed through Kentucky Wednesday night/Thursday 
morning and another few rounds over the weekend. As the state sat within a very 
moist air mass, storms were capable of producing very heavy rainfall. Combined with 
repeated rounds of thunderstorms, this led to numerous reports of flash flooding for
the areas mentioned above.

Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees across the state which was 9 degrees 
warmer than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 76 in the West to 79 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 57 degrees in the 
West to 56 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 8 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 13 degrees warmer than normal in the 
East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W 
and the extreme low was 42 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.02 inches statewide which was 0.04 
inches below normal and 96% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
2.09 inches, Central 0.54 inches, Bluegrass 1.20 inches and East 0.26 inches, which 
was 0.89, -0.54, 0.23 and -0.72 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at RICHMOND 8E to a high of 
5.96 inches at EVANSVILLE ASOS. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., April 24, 2017 08-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and much above 
normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.10 inches, 
1.11 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 63 degrees for the week, 6 degrees 
above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 30 
percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 73 
percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.0 
out of a possible seven.

Primary activities for the week included the continuation of corn planting and 
seeding of tobacco transplants. Corn producers are showing planting restraint to 
avoid soil compaction due to excess precipitation. Forty two percent of tobacco 
transplants were under 2 inches, with 45 percent 2-4 inches, and 13 percent over 4 
inches. Soybean planting has just begun and has been restricted by the weather just 
as corn has. Wet conditions throughout the state kept farmers out of the fields most 
of the week.

The average height of winter wheat was 24 inches, compared to 21 inches last week. 
Wheat growers are in need favorable weather conditions to spray fungicides, 
particularly for scab and stripe rust. Average height of Alfalfa hay was 10 inches, 
compared to 8 inches last week. Apple freeze damage was reported as 2 percent severe, 
9 percent moderate, 35 percent light, and 54 percent with no damage. Peach freeze 
damage was reported as 10 percent severe, 22 percent moderate, 27 percent light, and 
41 percent with no damage.




Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period April 17 to April 23, 2017

Above Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall:

The state saw exceptionally wet conditions over the course of the period. When 
looking at average statewide rainfall, this was the wettest week of 2017. Kentucky 
averaged 2.10 inches, which was over an inch above normal. Some areas, especially 
Southeastern Kentucky, accumulated 3+ inches. The Commonwealth became situated within 
a very active pattern with multiple frontal boundaries and disturbances pushing 
through the area. At least some portion of the state recorded rain each day of the 
week. While most of the workweek feature isolated to scattered precipitation, more 
widespread coverage arrived late Friday and into the first half of the weekend. This 
led to some minor river flooding across Eastern Kentucky. While Saturday and Sunday 
featured highs in the 50s, the rest of the period remained fairly warm, leading to a 
5th straight week of above normal temperatures. On average, the state typically runs 
in the upper 60s to middle 70s for the last couple weeks of April.

Temperatures for the period averaged 63 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees 
warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 70 in the West to 69 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 56 degrees in the 
West to 56 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 15 degrees warmer than normal in the 
East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 85 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT 
and the extreme low was 36 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.10 inches statewide which was 1.11 
inches above normal and 212% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 2.39 inches, Central 1.99 inches, Bluegrass 1.11 inches and East 2.90 inches, 
which was 1.24, 1, 0.2 and 1.98 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.46 inches at CARLISLE 5SW to a high of 7.26 inches at 
WHITLEY CITY 3N. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., April 17, 2017 07-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced well above normal temperatures and below 
normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.67 inches, 
0.34 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 66 degrees for the week, 11 degrees 
above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 16 
percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 81 
percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.1 out 
of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included planting corn, applying fertilizer and burndown 
applications, and seeding tobacco transplants. Fifty-one percent of tobacco 
transplants were under 2 inches, with 39 percent between 2-4 inches, and 10 percent 
over 4 inches. Varied rainfall across the state slowed fieldwork and corn planting 
progress at times during the week.

Some winter wheat fields appear to be recovering from freeze damage, but crop 
conditions and disease pressures continue to be monitored. The average height of 
winter wheat was 21 inches. Wheat winter freeze damage was reported as 11 percent 
severe, 26 percent moderate, 27 percent light, with 36 percent experiencing none. 
Alfalfa hay average height was 8 inches. Alfalfa hay freeze damage was reported as 6 
percent severe, 16 percent moderate, 32 percent light, with 46 percent experiencing 
none. Alfalfa weevil activity and damage continues to be reported.




Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period April 10 to April 16, 2017

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall:

Above normal temperatures remained in place throughout the period, peaking Friday and 
Saturday with highs in the low to middle 80s for much of Kentucky. This pushed 
Kentucky to a fourth straight week of above normal temperatures. Gusty winds from the 
southwest and low relative humidity led to an elevated fire danger on Monday, but was 
followed by a frontal passage the next day. This boundary sparked isolated to 
scattered showers with most staying under a half inch. Conditions then remained dry 
through Saturday, before showers returned for the second half of the weekend. Storms 
fired within an unstable atmosphere ahead of a cold front.While the severe threat 
was low, storms were capable of producing heavy rainfall.

Temperatures for the period averaged 66 degrees across the state which was 11 degrees 
warmer than normal and 12 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 77 in the West to 78 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 57 degrees in the 
West to 53 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 12 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 13 degrees warmer than normal in the 
East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 88 degrees at PEABODY and the 
extreme low was 33 degrees at MIDDLESBORO AWOS.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.67 inches statewide which was 0.34 
inches below normal and 66% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.54 inches, Central 0.84 inches, Bluegrass 0.80 inches and East 0.49 inches, which 
was 0.61, 0.2, 0.12 and 0.46 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at SOMERSET to a high of 2.45 inches at CARROLLTON 2E. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., April 10, 2017 06-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal 
rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.85 inches, 0.14 
inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 56 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above 
normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 21 
percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 8 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 
15 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.5 out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included seeding tobacco transplants, preparing farm 
equipment for planting, and applying fertilizer and burndown treatments. Wet and 
windy weather delayed fieldwork, with limited corn planting this week. A severe storm 
on Wednesday produced large hail, strong winds, and tornado touchdowns throughout 
Central Kentucky, damaging fields and structures.

The extent of freeze damage continues to be monitored in alfalfa hay, fruit trees, 
and winter wheat. The average height of winter wheat was 14 inches. 





Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period April 3 to April 9, 2017

Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall:

The active start to spring continued with a couple rounds of strong to severe storms 
pushing through the state. The strongest system moved through the area Wednesday 
afternoon and into the early overnight hours. As low pressure moved north of the 
state, Kentucky became situated within a very unstable atmosphere. Scattered storms 
developed in the afternoon hours, some becoming severe, before merging into a line 
across the eastern half of Kentucky. Large hail, damaging winds, and even a handful 
of tornadoes were seen across the area. Combined with an unsettled pattern earlier in 
the week and showery activity on Thursday, the Bluegrass State averaged 0.85 inches, 
which was slightly below normal for the week. Temperatures continued the above normal 
trend with highs jumping into the 60s and 70s for most of the period. The one 
exception came Thursday and Friday when temperatures struggled to rise behind a 
departing cold front. Lows were coolest on Friday night/Saturday morning with 
temperatures in the 30s for most and some in the Bluegrass and Eastern Kentucky 
dropping below freezing.

Temperatures for the period averaged 56 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees 
warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 68 in the West to 65 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to near normal in 
the East. Low temperatures averaged from 48 degrees in the West to 45 degrees in the 
East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal 
in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature 
for the period was 83 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S and the extreme low was 27 degrees at 
CYNTHIANA 8N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.85 inches statewide which was 0.14 
inches below normal and 86% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.58 inches, Central 0.79 inches, Bluegrass 0.91 inches and East 1.11 inches, which 
was -0.52, -0.23, 0.01 and 0.18 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.25 inches at PADUCAH ASOS to a high of 
2.38 inches at OWINGSVILLE 4S. 


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Kentucky Crop and Weather Report
Issued 4:00 P.M., April 3, 2017 05-17

Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced well above normal temperatures and above 
normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.18 inches, 
0.16 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 58 degrees for the week, 8 degrees 
above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 21 
percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 75 
percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.3 
out of a possible seven.

Primary activities this week included seeding tobacco transplants, applying 
fertilizer and burndown treatments, and preparing for spring planting as weather 
conditions allowed. Alfalfa producers remain concerned about crop conditions as a 
result of Alfalfa Weevil infestations and freeze damage. Several alfalfa fields were 
sprayed this past week. Alfalfa hay freeze damage was reported as 5 percent severe, 
16 percent moderate, 39 percent light, with 40 percent experiencing none.

Freeze damage to winter wheat has been variable across the state depending on the 
crop stage, as the relatively mild winter had accelerated growth. Wheat winter freeze 
damage was reported as 6 percent severe, 26 percent moderate, 27 percent light, with 
41 percent experiencing none.

Livestock operations are preparing for spring calving and monitoring body condition. 
Cattle and calves obtained approximately 38 percent of feed from pastures.





Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period March 27 to April 2, 2017

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

The Lower Ohio Valley saw an active spring pattern this past week with multiple 
rounds of rainfall. Strong to severe storms pushed through the area on a couple 
occasions, one coming on Monday and the other on Thursday as low pressure tracked 
just north of the area. Storms fired ahead of a couple cold fronts, resulting in some 
reports of damaging winds and hail. The second round was followed by cooler end to 
the workweek and start of the weekend as cloud cover remain entrenched over the area. 
Saying that, the rest of the period remained very warm with above normal temperatures 
in place. Other than Friday and Saturday, most of the state reached into the 60s and 
70s each day, even hitting the 80s for some on Thursday. This marked the second 
straight week of above normal temperatures and 12th out of 14 since the start of 2017.

Temperatures for the period averaged 58 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees 
warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 67 in the West to 68 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 50 degrees in the 
West to 49 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 13 degrees warmer than normal in the 
East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 83 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S and 
the extreme low was 35 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.18 inches statewide which was 0.16 
inches above normal and 116% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 1.06 inches, Central 1.13 inches, Bluegrass 1.45 inches and East 1.08 inches, 
which was -0.04, 0.06, 0.53 and 0.10 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.46 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a 
high of 2.98 inches at STANFORD 4NE. 


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Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period March 20 to March 26, 2017

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation:

The first week of spring brought a return to mild and active conditions for the 
Commonwealth. Temperatures peaked in the 60s and 70s for several days throughout the 
period, well above normal for this time of year. While it was warm, a couple Freeze 
Warnings were issued on Wednesday and Thursday mornings as lows dipped into the 
middle 20s to low 30s for much of the Bluegrass and Eastern Kentucky. While rainfall 
only averaged 0.65 inches for the week, the state did see several rounds throughout. 
The most significant even came over the weekend as low pressure worked across the 
area. A plume of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico led to deep moisture across the 
Bluegrass State and a soaking rainfall.

Temperatures for the period averaged 56 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees 
warmer than normal and 18 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 68 in the West to 66 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 49 degrees in the 
West to 43 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 10 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 84 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the 
extreme low was 21 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.65 inches statewide which was 0.39 
inches below normal and 62% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.69 inches, Central 0.50 inches, Bluegrass 0.77 inches and East 0.64 inches, which 
was 0.42, 0.6, 0.17 and 0.37 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.18 inches at WHITESBURG 2NW to a high of 1.85 inches at HICKMAN 2E. 


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Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period March 13 to March 19, 2017

Well Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation:

The last week of winter brought a return to unseasonably cold conditions in Kentucky. 
For just the second time this year, Kentucky saw below normal temperatures. The 
coldest temperatures were seen Tuesday and Wednesday nights as lows dipped into the 
middle teens to low 20s for much of the Bluegrass State. Freeze Warnings were issued 
each night with winter wheat, plasticulture strawberries, peaches, and other fruit 
trees all in advanced growth stages for this time of year. The good news was that a 
warming trend followed for the rest of the period. Highs were back into the 50s by 
Sunday. The state did see a couple rounds of showers through the week, averaging just 
over a half inch across Kentucky. 

Temperatures for the period averaged 37 degrees across the state which was 10 degrees 
cooler than normal and 10 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 48 in the West to 46 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 11 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 13 degrees 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 31 degrees in the 
West to 26 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 
degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 70 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and 
the extreme low was 8 degrees at PIKEVILLE 13S.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.53 inches statewide which was 0.48 
inches below normal and 53% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.31 inches, Central 0.61 inches, Bluegrass 0.28 inches and East 0.90 inches, which 
was 0.75, 0.45, 0.64 and 0.09 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.11 inches at LOUISVILLE APT to a high of 2.76 inches at WHITLEY 
CITY 3N. 


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Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period March 6 to March 12, 2017

Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation:

Winter has returned to the Bluegrass State. Most of the workweek remained warm, the 
reason for a 9th straight week of above normal temperatures, but a strong cold front 
passed through the state Thursday night. Breezy northerly flow pulled Canadian air 
down into the Commonwealth, setting up a cold weekend ahead. Temperatures dropped 
into the 20s for much of the state both Friday and Saturday nights. The typically 
cooler locations even dipped into the teens. Despite being the second week of March, 
a Freeze Warning was issued both nights with some agriculture already susceptible to 
the cold temperatures. According to other specialists with UK, peaches, plasticulture 
strawberries, and winter wheat were most susceptible at the time.

Temperatures for the period averaged 48 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees 
warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 59 in the West to 57 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to near 
normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 39 degrees in the West to 37 
degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees 
warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The 
extreme high temperature for the period was 78 degrees at MADISONVILLE 4S and the 
extreme low was 17 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.03 inches statewide which was 0.05 
inches above normal and 105% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 1.73 inches, Central 0.89 inches, Bluegrass 0.59 inches and East 0.90 inches, 
which was 0.70, -0.14, -0.31 and -0.07 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at VANCEBURG 6W to a high of 
3.20 inches at MAYFIELD 6SW. 


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Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period February 27 to March 5, 2017

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

A storm system led to strong to severe storms pushing across the area this past 
Tuesday and Wednesday. The worst of the event occurred Tuesday night and Wednesday, 
ahead of the passage of a cold front. Cells forming Tuesday night were capable of 
producing damaging winds, hail, and even tornadoes. A line of strong to severe 
storms then passed through Wednesday morning, producing damaging winds ahead of a 
cold front. Overall, a handful of tornadoes were confirmed across the state with the 
strongest in Warren County. Peak winds were estimated at 110 mph. Cooler and drier 
conditions then returned for the end of the workweek. Kentucky saw a few nights when 
lows dipped into the 20s, but the cool conditions were short lived. As high pressure 
worked east over the weekend, winds shifted back to the south, pushing highs back 
into the 60s by Sunday.

Temperatures for the period averaged 47 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees 
warmer than normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 61 in the West to 56 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 39 degrees in the 
West to 35 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 74 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and 
the extreme low was 17 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.38 inches statewide which was 0.41 
inches above normal and 142% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 0.92 inches, Central 1.33 inches, Bluegrass 2.16 inches and East 1.12 inches, 
which was -0.15, 0.31, 1.30 and 0.18 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.16 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a 
high of 3.29 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW. 


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Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period February 20 to February 26, 2017

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall:

All of the attention for the past couple months has been on the unseasonably warm 
temperatures and for good reason. The state has now seen seven straight weeks of 
above normal temperatures. Ahead of a strong cold front this past Friday night, high 
temperatures even peaked in the upper 70s to low 80s for many locations across 
Kentucky. With that said, temperatures dropped significantly behind the boundary 
with lows Saturday night dipping into the low to middle 20s. The Commonwealth saw a 
couple rounds of showers throughout the period also, but was again below normal for the 
fourth time in five weeks. Looking at the month of February, the state is nearly 2 
inches of precipitation below normal.

Temperatures for the period averaged 55 degrees across the state which was 14 degrees 
warmer than normal and 10 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 66 in the West to 67 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 13 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 15 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 46 degrees in the 
West to 43 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 15 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 15 degrees warmer than normal in the 
East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 82 degrees at HARTFORD 3E and 
the extreme low was 16 degrees at LEITCHFIELD 3W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.41 inches statewide which was 0.56 
inches below normal and 42% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.11 inches, Central 0.33 inches, Bluegrass 0.47 inches and East 0.75 inches, which 
was 0.98, 0.71, 0.37 and 0.15 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at MARION 4NE to a high of 1.19 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E. 


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Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period February 13 to February 19, 2017

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall:

A very mild pattern keeps giving the feel of an early spring here in the Bluegrass 
State. Once again, temperatures were well above normal, topping out in the 60s and 
even 70s at times. This makes six straight weeks of above normal temperatures for 
the Commonwealth. The state saw a couple rounds of light rainfall, the first coming 
Tuesday evening/night across mainly the southern fringes of Kentucky. A secondary 
round came Saturday as an upper level low sparked scattered to numerous showers 
throughout the area. Overall, most stayed under a quarter inch for the week, over a
half inch below normal.

Temperatures for the period averaged 45 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees 
warmer than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 56 in the West to 54 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 37 degrees in the 
West to 34 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 8 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 71 degrees at HARTFORD 3E and the 
extreme low was 19 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.23 inches statewide which was 0.67 
inches below normal and 26% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.43 inches, Central 0.22 inches, Bluegrass 0.08 inches and East 0.20 inches, which 
was 0.58, 0.76, 0.69 and 0.64 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at VANCEBURG 6W to a high of 1.06 inches at POPLAR 
BLUFF ASOS. 


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Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period February 6 to February 12, 2017

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

Winter is still absent in the Commonwealth. Temperatures were 12 degrees above 
normal, marking the 5th straight week of above normal temperatures. Temperatures 
jumped into the 60s for at least some portion of the state, six out of the seven 
days. Even saw some 70s. Normal high temperatures for this time of year are only in 
the mid to upper 40s. The warmth was accompanied by above normal rainfall, most of 
which came over the first half of the work week. A low pressure system led to soaking 
rainfall for much of the area as deep moisture worked into the region. Accumulations 
were around an inch for most. Other than some light rain showers Saturday night, 
conditions were mostly dry for the remainder of the week.

Temperatures for the period averaged 48 degrees across the state which was 12 degrees 
warmer than normal and 10 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 58 in the West to 60 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 11 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 13 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 40 degrees in the 
West to 41 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 13 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 17 degrees warmer than normal in the 
East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 78 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS 
and the extreme low was 14 degrees at OWENTON 5E.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.95 inches statewide which was 0.06 
inches above normal and 107% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 1.05 inches, Central 1.18 inches, Bluegrass 0.93 inches and East 0.62 inches, 
which was 0.07, 0.21, 0.16 and -0.21 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at VANCEBURG 6W to a high of 
2.74 inches at CADIZ 4SW. 


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Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period January 30 to February 5, 2017

Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall:

Mostly dry conditions were accompanied by mild temperatures for a second straight week 
in Kentucky. After starting the week with some lingering light snow showers, the 
weather pattern turned relatively quiet for the remainder of the period, pushing the 
focus on temperatures. For the most part, high temperatures stayed in the 40s and 50s 
for most of the week. The coldest period came Friday night and into Saturday morning. 
With high pressure moving overhead, skies cleared and winds became calm, leading to 
lows in the teens for much of Kentucky. Even had some single digits for a few 
locations. Otherwise temperatures were mild, leading to a fourth 
straight week of above normal temperatures.

Temperatures for the period averaged 38 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees 
warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 48 in the West to 46 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer 
than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 30 degrees in the West to 28 
degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees 
warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The 
extreme high temperature for the period was 65 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W and the 
extreme low was 7 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.02 inches statewide which was 0.84 
inches below normal and 2% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.00 inches, Central 0.01 inches, Bluegrass 0.03 inches and East 0.05 inches, which 
was 0.94, 0.93, 0.71 and 0.77 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BENTON 4N to a high of 0.63 inches at VANCEBURG 6W.


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Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period January 23 to January 29, 2017

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

It seems as though winter has been absent for the month of January. After starting 
out the month with frigid temperatures in place, mild air has ruled for most of 
January. That mild air carried over into the last full week of the month. Highs 
remained in the 40s, 50s, and even to around 60 over the first half of the workweek, 
but winter had to return at some point. A strong cold front pushed through Kentucky 
later Wednesday night, pushing high temperatures slightly below seasonable norms for 
the rest of the period. Accompanying the cooler temperatures were a parade of 
disturbances, bringing waves of light snow showers. The most significant wave came 
Sunday as a Winter Weather Advisory was issued for the eastern half of Kentucky. 
Much of Eastern Kentucky ended up seeing 1 to 2 inches with totals diminishing 
farther west.

Temperatures for the period averaged 41 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees 
warmer than normal and 10 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 48 in the West to 47 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer 
than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 35 degrees in the West to 34 
degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 10 degrees 
warmer than normal in the West to 12 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The 
extreme high temperature for the period was 68 degrees at MADISONVILLE 4S 
and the extreme low was 17 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.47 inches statewide which was 0.31 
inches below normal and 60% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.06 inches, Central 0.23 inches, Bluegrass 0.46 inches and East 1.15 inches, which 
was -0.77, -0.60, -0.22 and 0.37 inches respectively from normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BOWLING GREEN 4E to a high 
of 2.37 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. 


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Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period January 16 to January 22, 2017

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

A very unsettled pattern continued for a second straight week, bringing the 
Commonwealth multiple rounds of widespread rainfall. This amounted to most of the 
state seeing over an inch of additional precipitation. Through the 22nd of January, 
the state has averaged about 3.5 inches, which is around an inch above normal. While 
the rain kept on coming, it definitely did not feel like January outside. 
Temperatures averaged 19 degrees above normal with daytime highs staying in the 50s 
and 60s. Saturday was the warmest day of the week with temperatures topping out in 
the upper 60s to lower 70s. Normal high temperatures for this time of year are in 
the low to middle 40s. 

Temperatures for the period averaged 52 degrees across the state which was 19 degrees 
warmer than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 60 in the West to 60 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 17 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 17 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 47 degrees in the 
West to 45 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 22 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 22 degrees warmer than normal in the 
East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 72 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W and 
the extreme low was 31 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.43 inches statewide which was 0.6 
inches above normal and 172% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 1.54 inches, Central 1.85 inches, Bluegrass 1.29 inches and East 1.04 inches, 
which was 0.66, 0.97, 0.57 and 0.19 inches above normal. By station, precipitation 
totals ranged from a low of 0.19 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 3.00 
inches at BENTON 4N. 


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Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period January 9 to January 15, 2017

Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

A very mild and wet week for the Bluegrass State. The highest temperatures rose 
to 73 degrees and the extreme low temperature was 3 degrees. Rainfall occurred 
nearly every day with the entire state receiving over 150 percent of normal.

Temperatures for the 2nd week of this year averaged 45 degrees across the state 
which was 12 degrees warmer than normal and 16 degrees warmer than the previous 
period. High temperatures averaged from 51 in the West to 53 in the East. 
Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal 
in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures 
averaged from 38 degrees in the West to 39 degrees in the East. Departure from 
normal low temperature ranged from 12 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 
16 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the 
period was 73 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 3 degrees 
at PAINTSVILLE 4W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.38 inches statewide which was 
0.51 inches above normal and 158% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate 
division, West 1.32 inches, Central 1.49 inches, Bluegrass 1.52 inches and East 
1.20 inches, which was 0.41, 0.56, 0.77 and 0.3 inches above normal. By station, 
precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.52 inches at FRANKLIN 4SW to a high 
of 2.28 inches at MARION 4NE. 


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Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period January 1 to January 7, 2017

Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall:

For the first full week of 2017 in the Bluegrass State, wintertime temperatures
dominated along with 1 to 3 inches of snow with locally 4+ inches in some
locations along the Ohio River and in the eastern highlands. Very mild
temperatures occurred at the beginning of the new year but by the weekend bitter
cold temperatures and wind chills below zero ruled the commonwealth. Livestock
cold stress drops into the emergency category for at least 3 days. From the last
week during 2016, average temperatures drop 14 degrees! So the downward change
in temperature was drastic. Add in a few inches of snow on the ground and Kentucky
was turned into a winter-wonder-land! According to the National Operational Hydrologic 
Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC), 48 of 50 states had snow and/or ice on the 
ground this past week.

Temperatures for the week averaged 30 degrees across the state which was 4
degrees cooler than normal and 14 degrees cooler than the previous period.  High
temperatures averaged from 35 in the West to 38 in the East.  Departure from
normal high temperatures ranged from 8 degrees cooler than normal  in the West
to 6 degrees cooler than normal  in the East.  Low temperatures averaged from 23
degrees in the West to 27 degrees in the East.  Departure from normal low
temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees
warmer than normal   in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period
was 70 degrees at WHITESBURG 2NW and the extreme low was -3 degrees at
CAMPBELLSVILLE 7W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the week totaled 0.68 inches statewide which was 0.21 inches below normal and 76% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.48 inches, Central 0.73 inches, Bluegrass 0.77 inches and East 0.73 inches, which was -0.45, -0.23, 0.01 and -0.18 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.15 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 2.12 inches at VANCEBURG 6W. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017 Above Normal Temperatures And Rainfall: The active weather pattern seen for much of December carried over into the last week of 2016 with multiple opportunities for rainfall. The Commonwealth saw another soaking rainfall early in the work week as a cold front worked through the area. By Tuesday morning, totals were near or over an inch for some locations. After seeing record highs on Monday in the 70s, temperatures returned back to near normal on Tuesday behind the boundary. A quick-hitting system then pushed through the Bluegrass State on Wednesday evening with storms capable of heavy rainfall and cloud to ground lightning. Winds turned gusty behind the boundary on Thursday with gusts around 25 to 30 mph. The active trend then continued into the weekend with another couple rounds of light showers. Overall, the state averaged 1.34 inches, with was nearly a half inch above normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 44 degrees across the state which was 10 degrees warmer than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 52 in the West to 53 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 38 degrees in the West to 36 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 12 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 11 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 79 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the extreme low was 19 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.34 inches statewide which was 0.42 inches above normal and 145% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.55 inches, Central 1.49 inches, Bluegrass 0.98 inches and East 1.33 inches, which was 0.58, 0.49, 0.16 and 0.42 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at CARBONDALE ASOS to a high of 2.81 inches at VANCEBURG 6W. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 19 to December 25, 2016 Slightly Above Normal Temperatures And Slightly Below Normal Rainfall: Precipitation and temperatures were near normal for the second to last week of December. Much of the work week was dry with temperatures fluctuating throughout. After starting the week with highs on in the middle 20s to lower 30s on Monday, high pressure pushed east and winds shifted to the south, returning temperatures to the 40s on Wednesday. A dry cold front then swept through the area that night with temperatures once again taking a dip heading into the latter half of the work week. By Friday night, a deep southwest flow developed across the area, ushering much warmer temperatures and higher moisture content into Kentucky. Widespread showers developed along a surface front with many locations picking up between a half to one inch of rainfall through Saturday. This front then lifted back to the north for Christmas Day with temperatures soaring. Portions of Western and South Central Kentucky rose into the lower 70s. Temperatures for the period averaged 37 degrees across the state which was 1 degree warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 46 in the West to 47 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures were near normal across the state. Low temperatures averaged from 28 degrees in the West to 31 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 79 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the extreme low was 6 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.85 inches statewide which was 0.10 inches below normal and 90% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.74 inches, Central 0.99 inches, Bluegrass 0.71 inches and East 0.95 inches, which was -0.28, -0.04, -0.12 and 0.04 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.43 inches at LOUISVILLE APT to a high of 1.94 inches at OWENSBORO AWSS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 12, 2016 to December 18, 2016 Below Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall: The Lower Ohio Valley saw a full range of weather conditions this past week as drastic changes were seen on a near daily basis. Periodic rounds of light showers worked through the Commonwealth to start the work week and was followed by the passage of an Arctic front on Wednesday night. After staying in the 30s and 40s, highs on Thursday only rose into the low to middle 20s. Low temperatures both Wednesday and Thursday nights dropped into the teens. Some locations even hit the single digits. Breezier conditions on Wednesday night and Thursday morning led to winds chills on either side of zero for much of Northern Kentucky. By Friday, winds transitioned back to the south, setting up a rapid warm-up ahead of another storm system. Highs rose back into the 60s on Saturday, before another strong cold front dove through the area later in the day and into the overnight. Rain coverage increased Saturday afternoon and continued into the overnight. Severe weather accompanied the passage of the cold front, along with heavy rain from time to time. Behind the boundary, temperatures once again took quite the dip with some precipitation transitioning to freezing rain, which led to some slick conditions. Overall, the state averaged nearly 2.5 inches, which was the most Kentucky has seen in a single week since the middle of August. Temperatures for the period averaged 35 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 41 in the West to 46 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 7 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 27 degrees in the West to 29 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 76 degrees at BENTON 4N and the extreme low was 6 degrees at ALEXANDRIA 5NW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.41 inches statewide which was 1.42 inches above normal and 244% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.84 inches, Central 2.52 inches, Bluegrass 2.77 inches and East 2.51 inches, which was 0.76, 1.44, 1.92 and 1.57 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.15 inches at LOUISVILLE APT to a high of 3.46 inches at VANCEBURG 6W. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 5, 2016 to December 11, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: The Bluegrass State remained in a fairly active pattern this past week, but overall, precipitation was slightly below normal. The most widespread rainfall came on Monday night and into Tuesday. Accumulations were around a half to 1 inch for most. Dry conditions then returned on Wednesday and was followed by a dry frontal passage that night. Behind the cold front, temperatures took quite the dip leading into the second half of the week. Highs on Thursday were in the 30s and slipped a bit further on Friday. Each night saw temperatures drop into the middle teens to lower 20s. Even had a couple locations dip into the single digits. Livestock cold stress moved into the danger category for much of Kentucky. The state even saw some isolated snow showers Thursday night and Friday morning, which led to a dusting for some locations. Warmer temperatures and more widespread rainfall then returned on Sunday. Temperatures for the period averaged 35 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees cooler than normal and 12 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 41 in the West to 43 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 9 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 29 degrees in the West to 30 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 58 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL and the extreme low was 9 degrees at LIBERTY 3SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.84 inches statewide which was 0.22 inches below normal and 79% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.06 inches, Central 0.77 inches, Bluegrass 0.78 inches and East 0.75 inches, which was 0.11, 0.38, 0.15 and 0.25 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.08 inches at SOMERSET to a high of 2.48 inches at MURRAY 1W. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 28, 2016 to December 4, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: The Bluegrass State finally saw some beneficial rainfall this past week, ending a 10- week streak of below normal precipitation. Overall, the state averaged over 1.5 inches, which was about a half inch above normal. Eastern Kentucky received the most with totals averaging over 2 inches. The rain came in three separate rounds throughout the week as Kentucky remained situated in a active pattern. While the state did finally see some significant rainfall, long term deficits remain high. Thus, the US Drought Monitor remained roughly status quo with only slight improvements in the Purchase area of Western Kentucky and small northeastward expansion of extreme drought in Eastern Kentucky. Behind the second round on Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures took a dip heading into the second half of the week. Highs consistently only rose into the 40s. While it may seem cool, these temperatures were actually near to only slightly below normal for this time of year. Temperatures for the period averaged 46 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 52 in the West to 53 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures were near normal across the state. Low temperatures averaged from 37 degrees in the West to 39 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 71 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E and the extreme low was 21 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.58 inches statewide which was 0.49 inches above normal and 144% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.60 inches, Central 1.35 inches, Bluegrass 1.03 inches and East 2.32 inches, which was 0.33, 0.18, 0.11 and 1.3 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.15 inches at LOUISVILLE APT to a high of 5.90 inches at YELLOW CREEK. --- Agricultural Situation Report: October 28, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.23 inches, 0.81 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 43 degrees for the week, 1 degree below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 35 percent very short, 41 percent short, and 24 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated 34 percent very short, 41 percent short, and 25 percent adequate. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.9 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting crops and stripping tobacco. Light rainfall occurred, but soil and pasture conditions continue to remain very dry. Germination problems for cover crops and winter wheat have been reported due to the ongoing drought. Some farm ponds have dried up as well, causing water issues for livestock producers. Many farmers have been feeding hay earlier as a result of drought conditions late in the season. Hay and roughage supplies were reported as 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 21, 2016 to November 27, 2016 Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Temperatures for the period averaged 43 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 52 in the West to 53 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 35 degrees in the West to 33 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 70 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W and the extreme low was 14 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.23 inches statewide which was 0.81 inches below normal and 22% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.50 inches, Central 0.22 inches, Bluegrass 0.17 inches and East 0.03 inches, which was 0.7, 0.88, 0.72 and 0.93 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E to a high of 1.58 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- Agricultural Situation Report: October 21, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.26 inches, 0.71 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 50 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 35 percent very short, 43 percent short, and 22 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated 33 percent very short, 43 percent short, and 24 percent adequate. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.5 out of a possible seven. Soybean harvest and winter wheat planting neared completion this week; tobacco stripping continued. Most of the state is now in a severe drought according to the US Drought Monitor, and burn bans remain in place for the majority of the state as well. Some precipitation fell towards the end of the week, but had little impact on reversing drought deficits. Soil and pasture conditions still remain very dry. Many cattle farmers are concerned about hay supplies through the winter as drought conditions forced early feeding. Fall breeding is ongoing. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 14, 2016 to November 20, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Kentucky saw a major change in the weather pattern this past week as record warmth on Friday was followed by a plunge in the thermometer over the weekend. Through the second half of the work week, winds steadily increased from the south, leading to a warming trend for the area. By Friday, winds were gusting to around 25 to 30 mph, pushing high temperatures into the middle 70s to around 80 for much of Kentucky. This was roughly 20 to 25 degrees above normal for this time of year. The record warmth was followed by a strong cold front pushing through the Commonwealth late Friday and into Friday night. A band of showers formed along and behind the front with statewide accumulations around a couple tenths to half inch, highest readings in Western Kentucky. While it was the highest totals seen in quite a while, it was still not near enough to cut into drought deficits. According to the latest update to the US Drought Monitor, nearly 83% of the state is now under a Severe Drought. Temperatures dropped drastically behind the front over the weekend. Highs by Sunday were only in the upper 30s to middle 40s. Temperatures for the period averaged 50 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 65 in the West to 63 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 7 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 39 degrees in the West to 35 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 81 degrees at GREENVILLE 6N and the extreme low was 19 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.26 inches statewide which was 0.71 inches below normal and 27% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.47 inches, Central 0.19 inches, Bluegrass 0.16 inches and East 0.21 inches, which was 0.65, 0.83, 0.68 and 0.68 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS to a high of 1.17 inches at MURRAY 1W. --- Agricultural Situation Report: October 14, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and well below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.14 inches, 0.68 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 49 degrees for the week, unchanged from normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 31 percent very short, 45 percent short, 23 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 28 percent very short, 43 percent short, 28 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.5 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting soybeans, stripping tobacco, and seeding winter wheat. Most of the state remains under moderate drought conditions according to the US Drought Monitor, with southern and southeastern portions now in a severe drought. Very little growth is occurring for pastures, wheat, and cover crops due to the lack of moisture; frosts were also reported this week. Livestock producers continue to feed hay, and many are concerned about the water supply with ponds beginning to dry up. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 7, 2016 to November 13, 2016 Near Normal Temperatures and Well Below Normal Rainfall: Much of South-Central and Southeastern Kentucky are now in a Severe Drought according to the latest update to the US Drought Monitor. The state only averaged a little over a tenth of an inch this past week with the passage of a cold front on Election Day. Going back the past 60 days, the state has only averaged 2.71 inches, which is nearly 4 inches below normal. While dry conditions continued, frost and freezing temperatures returned, bringing an official end to the growing season. The first occurrence came Thursday morning as lows dropped into the upper 20s to middle 30s with widespread frost formation. The coldest temperatures of the fall season were then seen on Saturday night and Sunday morning as high pressure of Canadian origin moved overhead, leading to a hard freeze across the state. Skies cleared and allowed lows to drop into the 20s for much of Kentucky. Some of the typical cooler spots even hit the upper teens. Temperatures for the period averaged 49 degrees across the state which was near normal and 14 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 64 in the West to 61 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 37 degrees in the West to 36 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 77 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 19 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.14 inches statewide which was 0.68 inches below normal and 17% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.10 inches, Central 0.12 inches, Bluegrass 0.22 inches and East 0.11 inches, which was 0.88, 0.74, 0.49 and 0.63 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 0.47 inches at CARLISLE 5SW. --- Agricultural Situation Report: October 7, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced much above normal temperatures and well below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.06 inches, 0.70 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 62 degrees for the week, 10 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 21 percent very short, 48 percent short, 30 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 16 percent very short, 51 percent short, 32 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.7 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, stripping tobacco, and sowing wheat. Dry weather continued this week, with most of the state under moderate drought conditions according to the US Drought Monitor. Wheat and cover crops have struggled to germinate with the limited moisture. Many livestock producers are feeding hay or supplemental grain, and some have had to haul water with farm ponds drying up. Cattle and calves obtained approximately 56 percent of feed from pastures. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 31, 2016 to November 6, 2016 Much Above Normal Temperatures and Well Below Normal Rainfall: Rainfall continues to run scarce for the Commonwealth as the state has now gone 7 straight weeks of seeing below normal precipitation. Most of Kentucky stayed under a tenth of an inch for the week. The only rainfall event came mid-week with the passage of a weak cold front, but coverage remained isolated to scattered and only minimal accumulations, leading to no drought relief. Major changes were seen on the US Drought Monitor as nearly 82% of the state is now under a 'Moderate Drought'. Well above normal temperatures stuck around for the first half of the work week as highs moved into the low to middle 80s. Kentucky had several locations break daily records, but also some that broke November all-time highs. Following the passage of the cold front mentioned above, winds shifted to the north and temperatures took a downhill turn going into the weekend. Lows dropped into the middle 30s to low 40s both Friday and Saturday nights, leading to some frost development. Saying that, for the week, the state average temperature was about 10 degrees above normal for early November. Temperatures for the period averaged 62 degrees across the state which was 10 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 74 in the West to 73 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 10 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 52 degrees in the West to 50 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 10 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 13 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 30 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.06 inches statewide which was 0.7 inches below normal and 8% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.02 inches, Central 0.03 inches, Bluegrass 0.08 inches and East 0.11 inches, which was 0.83, 0.76, 0.62 and 0.59 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 0.49 inches at PEABODY. --- Agricultural Situation Report: October 31, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.02 inches, 0.74 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 61 degrees for the week, 7 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 15 percent very short, 46 percent short, 38 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 13 percent very short, 45 percent short, 41 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.5 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, planting wheat and cover crops, and stripping tobacco. Dry conditions allowed for harvest of corn and soybeans to advance ahead of normal. The lack of moisture continues to be a concern for germination of new seedings. Rain is needed to establish fall seeded crops. Pastures are also in need of rain as many livestock producers have started feeding hay earlier than normal. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 24, 2016 to October 30, 2016 Much Above Normal Temperatures and Well Below Normal Rainfall: Dry conditions continue to persist across the Lower Ohio Valley. Most of the state did not see any rainfall this past week as high pressure remained in control. Any locations that did see precipitation with a frontal passage midweek, only saw a couple hundredths for the most part. Long-term deficits continue to worsen with six straight weeks of below normal rainfall. The state is nearly 2.5 inches below normal for the month of October and over 3.5 inches for the past 60 days. While the US Drought Monitor kept much of the state under 'Abnormally Dry' conditions, 'Moderate Drought' was expanded into Southcentral Kentucky. Temperatures also continued to run well above normal. Over the weekend, gusty southwest flow pushed highs into the low to middle 80s, breaking several records across the state. Normal high temperatures for the last week of October are in the low to middle 60s. Climatologically speaking, most of Kentucky has now surpassed the average date of first freeze. Temperatures for the period averaged 61 degrees across the state which was 7 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 77 in the West to 74 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 10 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 49 degrees in the West to 47 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 85 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 32 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.02 inches statewide which was 0.74 inches below normal and 3% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.03 inches, Central 0.01 inches, Bluegrass 0.01 inches and East 0.01 inches, which was 0.82, 0.77, 0.68 and 0.7 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 0.27 inches at CARBONDALE ASOS. --- Agricultural Situation Report: October 24, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.66 inches, 0.04 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 65 degrees for the week, 8 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 10 percent very short, 35 percent short, 52 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 34 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, planting wheat and cover crops, and stripping tobacco. The lack of moisture is of concern for germination of new seedings. Most pastures are in need of rain as well. Livestock producers have started feeding hay. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 17, 2016 to October 23, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: This past week started off with very warm temperatures in place on Monday and Tuesday, some even record breaking. Highs rose into the mid to upper 80s for much of the state behind breezy southwest flow and mostly sunny skies. A cold front then pushed through the Lower Ohio Valley over the second half of the work week, bringing some much needed rainfall to the Commonwealth. While Western and Central Kentucky averaged around a quarter to half inch, the Bluegrass and Eastern Kentucky were closer to an inch. Prior to the event, the state had gone four straight weeks of much below normal precipitation. The US Drought Monitor expanded ‘Abnormally Dry’ conditions across almost the entirety of the state, while ‘Moderate Drought’ continued to increase in coverage across Southeastern Kentucky. Behind the cold front, much cooler air spilled into the Bluegrass State. Highs on Friday and Saturday only got into the upper 50s to middle 60s. Skies cleared from west to east on Friday night with lows dropping into the upper 30s to lower 40s. Several locations across Eastern Kentucky dropped into the middle 30s on Saturday night, some reporting frost. Temperatures for the period averaged 65 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 76 in the West to 75 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 55 degrees in the West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 11 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at PEABODY and the extreme low was 29 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.66 inches statewide which was 0.04 inches below normal and 94% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.26 inches, Central 0.39 inches, Bluegrass 1.06 inches and East 0.92 inches, which was -0.52, -0.32, 0.41 and 0.25 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at HENDERSON 5E to a high of 3.63 inches at BURLINGTON 4S. --- Agricultural Situation Report: October 17, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.05 inches, 0.67 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 62 degrees for the week, 4 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 11 percent very short, 33 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 8 percent very short, 29 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.5 out of a possible seven. Dry conditions continued throughout the state. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, sowing wheat and stripping tobacco. Weather conditions have not been optimal for tobacco curing. Some livestock producers have begun feeding hay due to deteriorating pasture conditions. Rain would be welcome to improve pasture conditions, bring tobacco in case and for establishment of newly seeded fields. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 10, 2016 to October 16, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Well Below Normal Rainfall: The Commonwealth didn't see much rainfall for a second straight week. High pressure kept the area mostly dry with any passing disturbances not amounting to much in the way of rainfall. Over the past 30 days, data at the UK Ag Weather Center shows the state has only averaged 1.71 inches, which is 1.69 inches below normal for that time span. The US Drought Monitor greatly expanded the area of Kentucky now showing signs of 'Abnormally Dry' conditions, now accounting for nearly 62% of the state. A small section of Southeastern Kentucky was even upgraded to a 'Moderate Drought'. In addition, temperatures continued to run above normal for a second straight week. Weekend highs rose into the upper 70s to lower 80s for much of the area. Temperatures for the period averaged 62 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 73 in the West to 72 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 53 degrees in the West to 49 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 84 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 36 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.05 inches statewide which was 0.67 inches below normal and 7% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.10 inches, Central 0.04 inches, Bluegrass 0.01 inches and East 0.04 inches, which was 0.64, 0.69, 0.68 and 0.67 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW to a high of 0.76 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- Agricultural Situation Report: October 11, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.01 inches, 0.78 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 66 degrees for the week, 6 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 24 percent short, 68 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 23 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.7 out of a possible seven. Dry conditions allowed farmers to make significant progress with all types of field work. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn, soybeans, hay, and tobacco. Tobacco harvest was winding down. Tobacco houseburn was reported as 2 percent heavy, 9 percent moderate, 17 percent light, with 72 percent experiencing none. Some livestock producers have begun feeding hay due to dry conditions. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 3, 2016 to October 9, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: For the second time in less than a month, most locations in Kentucky saw very little to no precipitation over the course of the week. High pressure dominated the area, bringing mostly clear skies and dry conditions. Temperatures were unseasonably warm through the work week, rising into the low to middle 80s about each day. That changed late Friday and Friday night as a cold front pushed through the Ohio Valley. Winds turned to the north on Saturday, becoming breezy at times with gusts around 25 mph. Highs over the weekend took a significant fall, only rising into the upper 60s to low 70s. Much cooler temperatures were seen Saturday night with much of the state dropping into the low to middle 40s. Saying that, a handful of sheltered and typically cooler spots even dropped into the 30s. Temperatures for the period averaged 66 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 80 in the West to 77 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 55 degrees in the West to 53 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 88 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 35 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.01 inches statewide which was 0.78 inches below normal and 1% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.01 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.01 inches, which was 0.8, 0.82, 0.74 and 0.77 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 0.19 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. --- Agricultural Situation Report: October 3, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.68 inches, 0.13 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 62 degrees for the week, 1 degree below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 18 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 19 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn, soybeans, hay, and tobacco. Showers during the week slowed harvest progress somewhat, but corn harvest continued at a rapid pace. Many farmers would welcome some rain as many areas of the state remained relatively dry. Corn yields are varied depending on planting date and location. Pasture conditions were rated mostly good to fair. Livestock were rated in mostly good condition. Labor shortage being reported in some areas which is impacting the tobacco harvest. Tobacco houseburn was reported as 2 percent heavy, 8 percent moderate, 18 percent light, with 72 percent experiencing none. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 26, 2016 to October 2, 2016 Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Conditions finally started to feel like fall this past week. Temperatures were slightly below normal with highs staying in the 60s and 70s for much of the period. This broke a streak of 12 straight weeks with near to above normal temperatures. The cooler air started filtering into the area on Monday as a cold front crossed the region, followed by a brief period of high pressure. Early in the week, some locations even saw lows drop into the low to middle 40s as skies cleared at night. A disturbance aloft then slowly rotated over the area from Wednesday through Saturday. This brought an extended period of unsettled weather with multiple rounds of showers. Mostly cloudy skies kept temperatures much below normal during the day with highs only in the 60s for most. Combining the rainfall seen on Monday with the several days under the influence of the disturbance aloft, the state averaged 0.68 inches, which was slightly below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 62 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and 12 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 72 in the West to 72 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 54 degrees in the West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 86 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W and the extreme low was 41 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.68 inches statewide which was 0.13 inches below normal and 84% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.67 inches, Central 0.67 inches, Bluegrass 1.03 inches and East 0.33 inches, which was -0.16, -0.20, 0.29 and -0.47 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS to a high of 1.92 inches at EVANSVILLE ASOS. --- Agricultural Situation Report: September 26, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced well above normal temperatures and much below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.01 inches, 0.83 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 74 degrees for the week, 8 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 22 percent short, 68 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 20 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.6 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn, soybeans, hay, and tobacco. Most of the state remains dry, with few areas receiving any rainfall over the past week. Corn yield reports range from below average to good, with some grain quality problems due to the excessive wet weather during the growing season. Producers reported early soybean yields as average or above-average. Dry conditions continue to decrease pasture and hay growth, and have started to impact fall seeding. Tobacco houseburn was reported as 1 percent severe, 10 percent moderate, and 18 percent light, with 71 percent experiencing none. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 19, 2016 to September 25, 2016 Well Above Normal Temperatures and Much Below Normal Rainfall: Fall officially began this past Thursday, but temperatures for the period felt more like the middle of summer. High pressure at the surface and aloft led to an extended period of hot and dry conditions. Under mostly clear skies for much of the week, high temperatures consistently ran above normal, rising into the middle 80s to lower 90s. Normal highs for this time of year are in the middle 70s to around 80. For the week, much of the state also didn't see any precipitation. Kentucky has now seen below normal rainfall four of the past five weeks. Over the past 30 days, data at the Ag Weather Center shows that Kentucky is 1.52 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 74 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 89 in the West to 86 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 9 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 62 degrees in the West to 61 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 94 degrees at EVANSVILLE ASOS and the extreme low was 53 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.01 inches statewide which was 0.83 inches below normal and 1% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.00 inches, Central 0.01 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.01 inches, which was 0.86, 0.92, 0.76 and 0.82 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW to a high of 0.17 inches at ALBANY 1N. --- Agricultural Situation Report: September 19, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.05 inches, 0.21 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 74 degrees for the week, 5 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 16 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.0 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay and tobacco, harvesting corn, and seeding fall alfalfa and grass fields. Early corn yields are reported to be mostly good. Harvest has also begun on some early soybean fields, with average or above- average yield expectations. Dry conditions during the week led to crops drying down quicker than normal, with some producers reporting reductions in kernel fill. Pastures are drying as well. The fall calving season is underway. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 12, 2016 to September 18, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Dry conditions continued through the first half of the work week as the Bluegrass State remained under the influence of high pressure. After a relatively cool day on Monday, temperatures increased on Tuesday and stayed that way through much of the period. This led to a 11th straight week of near to above normal temperatures that extends back into early July. Bottom line, it has been a warm summer. Showers and storms returned over the latter half of the work week and into the weekend. Ahead of a weak cold front, winds turned to the southwest, pulling moisture back into the area. A solid band of showers developed within this flow and slowly inched eastward over the course of the weekend. Conditions had been starting to turn dry with three straight weeks of below normal precipitation. The US Drought Monitor even introduced a couple small areas of 'Abnormally Dry' Conditions in South-Central and Eastern Kentucky. For the week, the band of showers helped push the state rainfall average over an inch, which was nearly a quarter inch above normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 74 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 86 in the West to 86 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 65 degrees in the West to 63 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 94 degrees at HICKMAN 2E and the extreme low was 49 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.05 inches statewide which was 0.21 inches above normal and 125% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.10 inches, Central 1.24 inches, Bluegrass 0.70 inches and East 1.18 inches, which was 0.25, 0.31, -0.05 and 0.36 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at LOUISVILLE APT to a high of 3.63 inches at SCOTTSVILLE 2W. --- Agricultural Situation Report: September 12, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.50 inches, 0.31 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, 4 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.4 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay and tobacco, and harvesting corn for grain; some corn silage was harvested as well. Continued hot and dry conditions assisted dry-down in grain crops, but started to negatively affect pasture and hay land. Farmers have concerns over labor shortages for harvesting tobacco, as well as disease impacts and resulting weights. Various disease incidences were reported this week including rust and diplodia ear rot on corn, and frogeye leaf spot and stem canker on soybeans. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 5, 2016 to September 11, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The state remained mostly dry on Labor Day and on through the work week as high pressure remained in control aloft. Temperatures followed a warming trend with highs back in the low to middle 90s statewide by Wednesday. The warm conditions pushed the state to a tenth straight week of near to above normal temperatures. While there was some isolated to scattered showers and storms on Thursday and Friday, better coverage arrived over the weekend. A passing cold front sparked a broken line of showers and storms that pushed through the region during the day on Saturday. Overall, the state averaged a half inch for the week, which ended up being the third straight period that Kentucky had seen below normal rainfall. Temperatures for the period averaged 76 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 88 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 67 degrees in the West to 64 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at EVANSVILLE ASOS and the extreme low was 52 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.50 inches statewide which was 0.31 inches below normal and 62% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.78 inches, Central 0.57 inches, Bluegrass 0.44 inches and East 0.20 inches, which was 0.01, 0.33, 0.31 and 0.6 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at JACKSON 3SE to a high of 2.25 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS. --- Agricultural Situation Report: September 6, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.46 inches, 0.51 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 79 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 21 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.2 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included spraying fungicides and cutting hay in between rain showers. Reports of more serious black shank and target spot in tobacco have producers concerned for anticipated harvest weights as preparations are made to start cutting. Southern corn rust and gray leaf spot have also been confirmed, and grain farmers are spraying fungicides. Corn and single crop soybeans are faring better overall from the excessive wet weather this season. High heat and humidity throughout the week put stress on livestock; pinkeye symptoms were also reported. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 29, 2016 to September 4, 2016 Near Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The Commonwealth did not see much rainfall for a second straight period as the state averaged just over a tenth of an inch this past week. Other than some isolated showers on Monday and Tuesday, most remained dry with high pressure aloft. Temperatures each day remained above normal, along with high humidity. Scattered showers and storms then returned on Wednesday, ahead of a passing cold front. Behind the boundary, high pressure moved into the Great Lakes area. With Tropical Storm Hermine off the Mid-Atlantic Coast, this set up a northeasterly flow into the Lower Ohio Valley. Skies became mostly clear for the remainder of the week, along with much cooler temperatures and less humid conditions. Temperatures for the period averaged 74 degrees across the state which was near normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 86 in the West to 85 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 65 degrees in the West to 63 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW and the extreme low was 50 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.12 inches statewide which was 0.63 inches below normal and 16% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.01 inches, Central 0.13 inches, Bluegrass 0.12 inches and East 0.21 inches, which was 0.68, 0.69, 0.61 and 0.57 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E to a high of 1.54 inches at SOMERSET AWOS. --- Agricultural Situation Report: August 29, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.33 inches, 0.47 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 77 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 19 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping and cutting tobacco. Disease and insect pressure continues for field crops. Soybeans were sprayed with fungicides and insecticides where needed. Some tobacco fields are a complete loss due to wet weather and disease. The corn harvest has begun in a few areas. Pasture conditions remain in mostly good to excellent condition. Hot and humid weather continues to be stressful for livestock. Producers are getting equipment ready for the upcoming harvest. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 22, 2016 to August 28, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: High pressure at the surface and aloft led to a mostly dry week for the Commonwealth. The state only averaged a little over a quarter of an inch for the week, which was about a half inch below normal. After a couple dry days on Monday and Tuesday, rainfall remained isolated to scattered in coverage for the rest of the week. While it was mostly dry, summertime temperatures and humidity made a return. Highs were only in the upper 70s to middle 80s on Monday, but the cooler temperatures were short lived. As high pressure moved east on Tuesday, winds shifted to the south, opening the door to a warming trend and much more humid conditions. Heat indices increased to around 100 by late in the work week and into the weekend with highs topping out in the low to middle 90s, once again creating stressful conditions for livestock. This pushed the Bluegrass State to an eighth straight week of near to above normal temperatures. Temperatures for the period averaged 77 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 88 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 68 degrees in the West to 65 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 96 degrees at KOOMER RIDGE and the extreme low was 53 degrees at RICHMOND 8E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.30 inches statewide which was 0.47 inches below normal and 39% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.59 inches, Central 0.18 inches, Bluegrass 0.40 inches and East 0.05 inches, which was 0.11, 0.61, 0.36 and 0.77 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E to a high of 3.22 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW. --- Agricultural Situation Report: August 22, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and much above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.54 inches, 1.68 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 25 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 24 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.4 out of a possible seven. Rain last week limited field work and resulted in flooding in some areas. Disease and insect pressure continues for field crops. Fungicides have not been effective in some fields. Corn, soybeans and tobacco all showed deterioration in percent rated as excellent this past week. Dry weather is needed for hay producers eager to harvest hay and to improve conditions of crops. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 15, 2016 to August 21, 2016 Near Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall: After another week of exceptionally high rainfall totals, the Bluegrass State has now seen above normal rainfall three of the past four weeks. Over this past period, the state averaged over 2.5 inches, which is over 1.5 above normal. According to data with the Ag Weather Center, the state is now nearly 2 inches above normal for the month of August with an average of 4.49 inches statewide. Just like recent weeks this summer, an active pattern set up over the Lower Ohio Valley this past period with several rounds of storms pushing through the area. Throughout much of the period, a plume of moisture was positioned over the region, keeping heavy rain and localized flooding as the main threats. Cloud cover and showers kept temperatures down during the day and elevated at night, which brought average temperatures around normal for the week. After the passage of a strong cold front, cooler and much less humid conditions filtered into the area for the end of the weekend, finally giving the Commonwealth a break from the summertime humidity. Temperatures for the period averaged 76 degrees across the state which was near normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 82 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 71 degrees in the West to 69 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 94 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W and the extreme low was 59 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.54 inches statewide which was 1.68 inches above normal and 296% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.55 inches, Central 3.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.31 inches and East 2.32 inches, which was 1.77, 2.14, 1.44 and 1.4 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.74 inches at MIDDLESBORO AWOS to a high of 5.39 inches at LEITCHFIELD 3W. --- Agricultural Situation Report: August 15, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.50 inches, 0.38 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 80 degrees for the week, 4 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.1 out of a possible seven. Rain showers in some areas has limited field work. Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping and cutting tobacco and spraying crops for disease and insect control when conditions allowed. Some corn producers have reported pollination issues in corn due to flooding and high heat. Wet conditions in some locations has seriously impacted tobacco fields, resulting in disease and crop loss. Fifty-three percent of tobacco is rated as good to excellent compared to twenty percent rated as poor to very poor. High heat and humidity continue to put stress on livestock. However, cattle are benefitting from pasture conditions which are holding up well due to the moisture that has been received this year. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 8, 2016 to August 14, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: With the exception of Western Kentucky, much of the Bluegrass State saw below normal rainfall this past week. While Western Kentucky averaged just over an inch, Central and Eastern Kentucky dropped to around a quarter to a third of an inch. Much of the heavier activity and flooding threat stayed west and north of the region. Showers and storms were isolated to scattered in coverage on a daily basis, firing during the day and waning overnight. Heavy rain continued to be the main threat as the Commonwealth remained rooted in a very moist air mass. Dew points stayed in the 70s and combined with warm temperatures to keep the livestock heat stress index in the danger to emergency category. Looking back, the state has now seen 6 straight weeks of above normal temperatures. Temperatures for the period averaged 80 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 87 in the West to 89 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 72 degrees in the West to 71 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 94 degrees at YELLOW CREEK and the extreme low was 55 degrees at FORT KNOX. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.50 inches statewide which was 0.38 inches below normal and 57% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.11 inches, Central 0.29 inches, Bluegrass 0.34 inches and East 0.24 inches, which was 0.29, -0.56, -0.53 and -0.72 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 4.40 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- Agricultural Situation Report: August 8, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.46 inches, 0.51 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 79 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 21 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.2 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included spraying fungicides and cutting hay in between rain showers. Reports of more serious black shank and target spot in tobacco have producers concerned for anticipated harvest weights as preparations are made to start cutting. Southern corn rust and gray leaf spot have also been confirmed, and grain farmers are spraying fungicides. Corn and single crop soybeans are faring better overall from the excessive wet weather this season. High heat and humidity throughout the week put stress on livestock; pinkeye symptoms were also reported. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 1, 2016 to August 7, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Much like the month of July, an active pattern continued into the first week of August with several rounds of rainfall. The entire state averaged over an inch with Western Kentucky leading the way at 1.67. This resulted in a second straight week of above normal rainfall and followed the state’s 3rd wettest July on record with data going back to 1895. The humid air mass stayed in place through Saturday, keeping torrential rainfall and occasional localized flooding in the picture. After the final round of rainfall on Saturday along a cold front, a welcome change came for the latter half of the weekend. Behind the boundary, dew points took a fall, bringing much drier and less muggy conditions to the Bluegrass State. Saying that, for the week overall, temperatures were yet again above normal. Ten of the past eleven weeks have now seen near to above normal temperatures. Temperatures for the period averaged 79 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and no change from the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 86 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures were near normal across the state. Low temperatures averaged from 71 degrees in the West to 69 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 98 degrees at LEBANON 8NW and the extreme low was 61 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.46 inches statewide which was 0.51 inches above normal and 154% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.67 inches, Central 1.39 inches, Bluegrass 1.56 inches and East 1.20 inches, which was 0.76, 0.47, 0.64 and 0.17 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at EVANSVILLE ASOS to a high of 6.06 inches at PADUCAH ASOS. --- Agricultural Situation Report: August 1, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and much above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.76 inches, 1.78 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 79 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 22 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.7 out of a possible seven. Field work was limited this week as warm, wet weather continued. Activities included spraying soybeans and tobacco, and topping tobacco. An increase in fungal disease reports for tobacco include target spot, frog eye leaf, and black shank. Some soybean diseases are now showing up, mostly septoria brown spot. Crop conditions and yield expectations remain varied throughout the state, as some low lying areas are still reporting standing water and slight flooding. High humidity this week had livestock under heat stress. Pasture and hay fields remain in mostly good condition, with hay cutting anticipated as soon as the weather breaks. Hay and roughage supplies were reported as 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 25, 2016 to August 1, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall: Much like it started, the month of July came to a close with yet another exceptionally wet week. For the period, the state averaged over 2.5 inches. Showers and storms formed about each day, scattered in coverage for much of the week. The one exception came Wednesday night and through much of Thursday when activity became widespread. The slow moving nature of storms and very moist atmosphere promoted heavy rainfall from time to time, along with localized flash flooding. This all added to an already extremely wet month of July. Preliminary data at the UK Ag Weather Center shows that this could be one of the wettest July’s on record with the state averaging 8.86 inches. This is small in comparison to Western Kentucky alone, which averaged over 12. Temperatures through the week also remained elevated with highs peaking in the 90s from time to time. The average temperature for Kentucky remained above normal for a fourth straight week. Temperatures for the period averaged 79 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 87 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 71 degrees in the West to 70 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 96 degrees at KOOMER RIDGE and the extreme low was 65 degrees at FRANKFORT 7S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.76 inches statewide which was 1.78 inches above normal and 283% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 3.26 inches, Central 2.42 inches, Bluegrass 2.79 inches and East 2.58 inches, which was 2.33, 1.45, 1.82 and 1.55 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.62 inches at BRANDENBURG 4SW to a high of 7.46 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW. --- Agricultural Situation Report: July 25, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.45 inches, 0.50 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 80 degrees for the week, 4 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.5 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay, spraying herbicides, fungicide applications and topping tobacco where conditions allowed. High moisture and humid weather is resulting in heavy disease pressure on crops. Tobacco conditions remain in the mostly good to fair range due to the lateness of the crop and excess water at the wrong time. Black shank continues to be a concern. Some tobacco growers will have significant losses to their crop. Pasture conditions remain in mostly good condition. High temperatures and humidity over the past week pushed the livestock heat stress into the emergency category. Livestock producers are treating cattle for pinkeye. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 18, 2016 to July 24, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Extreme heat and humidity returned to the Bluegrass State this past week, but this time, for a prolonged period of time. The heat wave consisted of high temperatures routinely rising into the upper 80s to middle 90s each day, along with dew points in the 70s. This repeatedly pushed heat indices over 100 for much of the state, especially across the western half. Multiple heat advisories were issued throughout the week, along with an Excessive Heat Advisory across the Purchase area of Western Kentucky as heat indices approached 110 degrees in spots. Not much recovery was seen at night either as temperatures and dew points remained elevated. The high heat and humidity created dangerous conditions for livestock as the heat stress index rose into the danger to emergency category each day. Looking longer term, this is now the third straight week that Kentucky has seen above normal temperatures. Temperatures for the period averaged 80 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 91 in the West to 90 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 73 degrees in the West to 69 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 96 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 61 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.45 inches statewide which was 0.5 inches below normal and 47% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.73 inches, Central 0.44 inches, Bluegrass 0.29 inches and East 0.32 inches, which was 0.17, 0.53, 0.65 and 0.68 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CYNTHIANA 8N to a high of 3.44 inches at HARTFORD 3E. --- Agricultural Situation Report: July 18, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.94 inches, 0.06 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 78 degrees for the week, 1 degree above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 29 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 23 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.3 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay, spraying herbicides, and making fungicide applications when weather conditions permitted. Scattered storms continued over the past week with most of the accumulation in the western portion of the state. Reports of flooding and standing water in low lying fields persisted, with some farmers replanting soybeans in wet spots. Crop damage and expectations remain varied throughout the state, with the potential for entire crop losses. Early planted crops seem to be fairing much better than later planted crops. Many tobacco fields have patches of scald, along with reports of black shank and overgrown weeds. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 11, 2016 to July 17, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: After one of the wettest weeks in years, an active pattern carried over into this past period. Showers and storms developed about each day of the week, but coverage was not as widespread across the state. While Western Kentucky averaged over 1.5 inches for the week, eastern portions of the state were around a half inch. According to data at the Ag Weather Center, Western Kentucky has averaged 8.44 inches of rainfall through July 17th, which is over 6 inches above normal. Any storms that did develop through the period were heavy rainfall producers as the state remained situated within a moist air mass. Temperatures were slightly above normal for a second straight week. Normal high temperatures for this time of year rise into the middle 80s to around 90, while lows drop into the middle 60s to around 70. Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which was 1 degree warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 87 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 70 degrees in the West to 67 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 93 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 60 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.94 inches statewide which was 0.06 inches below normal and 94% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.54 inches, Central 0.94 inches, Bluegrass 0.79 inches and East 0.50 inches, which was 0.56, -0.08, -0.19 and -0.53 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 7.18 inches at CALHOUN 5NW. --- Agricultural Situation Report: July 11, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and much above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 3.92 inches, 2.94 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 77 degrees for the week, 1 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 60 percent adequate and 29 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 2.4 out of a possible seven. Heavy rains and storms led to flooding and delayed field activities this week, hitting especially hard in western Kentucky. Some low lying fields still remain saturated, and significant losses have been reported for corn, soybeans, and tobacco. Tobacco in standing water has started to wilt and turn yellow, with heightened risk for black shank. High winds also caused damage to crops and farm structures, with several reports of corn being blown around and breaking off. Weather forecasts and crop conditions continue to be evaluated. The average height of emerged soybeans was 14 inches, compared to 10 inches last week and 14 inches last year at this time. In the eastern part of the state, vegetables are still producing well with some anthracnose developing on beans. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 4, 2016 to July 10, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall: Not since May of 2010, has Kentucky seen an average rainfall total higher than what was seen this past week. For the period, several rounds of rainfall led to the wettest week of the year with an average of 3.92 inches for the Bluegrass State. This number is actually small in comparison to Western Kentucky, which alone saw over 5.5 inches for the week. Throughout the work week, the Commonwealth was situated within a warm and extremely moist air mass. Excessive rainfall fell on the 4th of July holiday, leading to saturated ground in some locations. This was followed by a very unsettled pattern over the course of the 6th and 7th as several rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms pushed through Kentucky. This led to numerous reports of damaging winds and especially flooding, as thunderstorms slowly tracked repeatedly over the same areas. For the week, a handful of locations in Western Kentucky recorded over 10 inches of rainfall. Since July 1st, the state has already averaged 4.72 inches of precipitation. Putting this data in perspective, Kentucky normally only sees around 4 to 4.5 inches for the entire month of July. Temperatures for the period averaged 77 degrees across the state which was 1 degree warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 87 in the West to 85 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 70 degrees in the West to 68 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 93 degrees at HICKMAN 2E and the extreme low was 59 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 3.92 inches statewide which was 2.94 inches above normal and 399% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 5.68 inches, Central 4.13 inches, Bluegrass 2.06 inches and East 3.80 inches, which was 4.7, 3.14, 1.1 and 2.8 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.50 inches at CARLISLE 5SW to a high of 12.06 inches at BENTON 4N. --- Agricultural Situation Report: July 4, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.15 inches, 0.16 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 73 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 17 percent short, 68 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 15 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.4 out of a possible seven. Heavy rains over the weekend in western and central Kentucky left standing water in some low lying areas, damage to crops has yet to be sufficiently evaluated as farmers continue to monitor. Washing and drowning of corn and soybeans, and scalding and black shank in tobacco are of concern. Fairly dry conditions persisted in eastern areas, with reports of stressed crops in need of rain. The average height of emerged soybeans was 10 inches, compared to 5 inches last week and 13 inches last year at this time. Pastures, vegetables, and forages were reported in overall good condition. Second cutting of hay has started. Some cattle producers are dealing with pink eye. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 27, 2016 to July 3, 2016 Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: After seeing five straight weeks of near to above normal temperatures, the Commonwealth caught a break this past period. Following a hot and muggy day on Monday, a couple cold fronts dropped through the Lower Ohio Valley. Winds shifting to the north/northwest led to much cooler and drier air filtering into the area. Temperatures ran below normal on both Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the upper 70s to middle 80s across much of Kentucky. Other than some isolated to scattered activity periodically through the week, most of the Bluegrass State remained dry through Saturday. Widespread activity returned Sunday with storms erupting across Western Kentucky and pushing east. Storms produced torrential rainfall and resulted in significant rainfall accumulations across Western and Central Kentucky. Several locations saw in upwards of an inch of rainfall, with some in excess of three. Overall, this event pushed the state to a second straight week of above normal rainfall. Temperatures for the period averaged 73 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 85 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 65 degrees in the West to 63 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 52 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.15 inches statewide which was 0.16 inches above normal and 116% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.76 inches, Central 1.45 inches, Bluegrass 0.78 inches and East 0.60 inches, which was 0.77, 0.47, -0.19 and -0.43 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BOONEVILLE 2S to a high of 4.75 inches at MURRAY 1W. --- Agricultural Situation Report: June 27, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.23 inches, 0.22 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 79 degrees for the week, 5 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 22 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 16 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.7 out of a possible seven. Portions of the state remained dry while other areas reported varied rainfall as scattered storms occurred over the week. Conditions allowed farmers to make considerable progress in harvesting wheat. Planting of doublecrop soybeans continued as well, nearing completion. The average height of emerged soybeans was 5 inches, compared to 6 inches last year. Tobacco planting is nearing completion as well, with some reports of severe black shank. The average height of tobacco in the field was 13 inches, compared to 9 inches last week and 16 inches last year at this time. Large amounts of hay continued to be harvested with mostly average quality. High temperatures and humidity are putting some stress on livestock. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 20, 2016 to June 26, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Each period has gotten a step warmer over the past couple weeks. Statewide, temperatures were 5 degrees above normal this past period, which was the fifth straight week of near to above normal temperatures. The hot and humid pattern continued with multiple days getting into the upper 80s to middle 90s. Thursday was the warmest day with much of Western Kentucky under a Heat Advisory. Livestock heat stress remained in the danger to emergency category about each afternoon and evening. Looking at rainfall, an active pattern developed Tuesday through Thursday with several rounds of thunderstorms. Located within a very unstable and moist air mass, storms produced frequent cloud to ground lightning and heavy rainfall, in addition to some instances of damaging winds and large hail. Other than Western Kentucky, the rest of the state saw above normal rainfall for the week, averaging around 1.5 inches. According to data at the UK Ag Weather Center, Western Kentucky is now 1.64 inches below normal on average for the month of June. Temperatures for the period averaged 79 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 92 in the West to 87 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 73 degrees in the West to 66 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 97 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low was 57 degrees at YELLOW CREEK. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.23 inches statewide which was 0.22 inches above normal and 122% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.43 inches, Central 1.35 inches, Bluegrass 1.59 inches and East 1.57 inches, which was -0.58, 0.35, 0.59 and 0.54 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 5.22 inches at LOUISA 1S. --- Agricultural Situation Report: June 20, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.63 inches, 0.37 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 18 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.8 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting soybeans and tobacco. Winter wheat harvest for grain made good progress last week. Planting of double crop beans is underway. Herbicides were being applied and fields continued to be side dressed. The average height of emerged corn was 37 inches, compared to 34 inches last year. The average height of tobacco in the field was 9 inches, compared to 11 inches last year. Some areas have become abnormally dry with soils drying rapidly and showers would be welcomed. Farmers once again took advantage of dry weather to cut and bale a significant amount of hay. Heat is putting stress on cattle, but overall condition is good. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 13, 2016 to June 19, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The Commonwealth remained in a warm and muggy pattern this past period, accounting for a fourth straight week of near to above normal temperatures. Temperatures were even a bit warmer than the previous week with highs averaging in the middle 80s to around 90 from east to west. The warmest temperatures were seen on Thursday as the majority of Kentucky rose into the low to middle 90s. Paducah and Fort Campbell saw the first 100 degree readings of the season. The warm temperatures combined with very humid conditions pushed the livestock heat stress index into the emergency category across Western and West-Central Kentucky. For the week, the state averaged just over a half inch of rainfall, below normal for a second straight week. Most of the activity was seen Tuesday through Thursday with scattered to numerous coverage in place. As the state was placed in a very moist and unstable air mass, storms were capable of producing torrential rainfall and frequent lightning. Otherwise, high pressure at the surface and aloft kept the area dry Friday and through the weekend. Temperatures for the period averaged 76 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 90 in the West to 86 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 70 degrees in the West to 63 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 101 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low was 50 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.63 inches statewide which was 0.37 inches below normal and 63% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.66 inches, Central 0.57 inches, Bluegrass 0.89 inches and East 0.39 inches, which was 0.32, 0.43, 0.12 and 0.63 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at JACKSON AIRPORT to a high of 2.08 inches at SHELBYVILLE 10W. --- Agricultural Situation Report: June 13, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and well below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.07 inches, 0.97 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 71 degrees for the week, near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.3 out of a possible seven. Conditions finally allowed producers to make strides in planting crops including corn, soybeans and tobacco. Winter wheat harvest for grain was underway. Planting of double crop beans will begin as soon as wheat is removed from fields. Farmers also took advantage of dry weather to cut and bale a significant amount of hay. Herbicides were being applied and fields were side dressed this week. The average height of emerged corn was 24 inches, compared to 23 inches last year. The average height of tobacco in the field was 6 inches, compared to 8 inches last year. Soils are drying rapidly and farmers are hoping for showers as soon as they get caught up on their field work. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 6, 2016 to June 12, 2016 Near Normal Temperatures and Much Below Normal Rainfall: Exceptionally hot and humid conditions returned to the Bluegrass State this past weekend, along with an overall very dry week. The period began with a cold front pushing through the area on Monday with a few passing showers and storms. High pressure then moved into Kentucky for the next few days bringing dry conditions, low humidity, and unseasonably cool days with highs only topping out in the 70s. Saying that, the cool spell was short lived as winds shifted to the south by the end of the week, opening the door for the warmest temperatures of the year. Highs rose into the low to mid 90s both Saturday and Sunday, along with increasing humidity. This led to the livestock heat stress index moving into the danger category each afternoon and evening. Another round of showers and storms moved through the northern half of Kentucky on Sunday, but just like Monday, coverage was minimal. For the week, the state only averaged 0.07 inches, with most of the state not seeing any rainfall at all. Based on data at the UK Ag Weather Center, this was the driest week of 2016. Temperatures for the period averaged 71 degrees across the state which was near normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 86 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 60 degrees in the West to 57 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 96 degrees at EVANSVILLE ASOS and the extreme low was 44 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.07 inches statewide which was 0.97 inches below normal and 7% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.03 inches, Central 0.02 inches, Bluegrass 0.17 inches and East 0.05 inches, which was 0.96, 1.04, 0.9 and 1.01 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 0.59 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW. --- Agricultural Situation Report: June 6, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and near normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.18 inches, 0.08 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 74 degrees for the week, 4 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 25 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 22 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.4 out of a possible seven. Similar to the previous period, conditions remained warm and muggy for much of this past week. Temperatures were 4 degrees above normal as highs jumped into the 80s each day, along with lows only dropping into the 60s. A handful of locations even hit the 90-degree mark. High dew points accompanied the warm temperatures, making for a very humid air mass. As showers and storms fired over the second half of the work week and into the weekend, the moist atmosphere allowed for torrential rainfall at times, leading to some short lived flooding for a few locations. Some sites reported seeing more than an inch of rainfall in less than an hour. Overall, the Bluegrass and Eastern Kentucky each saw above normal rainfall, while Western and Central Kentucky were slightly below normal for the week. Planting of crops is still running behind normal due to wet conditions. Primary activities this week included setting tobacco, harvesting hay, and planting corn and soybeans when conditions allowed. Some corn fields were side dressed this week. The average height of emerged corn was 16 inches, compared to 14 inches last year. Weather conditions have not been favorable for harvesting hay in many areas as quality continues to be a concern for some producers. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 30, 2016 to June 5, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Near Normal Rainfall: Similar to the previous period, conditions remained warm and muggy for much of this past week. Temperatures were 4 degrees above normal as highs jumped into the 80s each day, along with lows only dropping into the 60s. A handful of locations even hit the 90-degree mark. High dew points accompanied the warm temperatures, making for a very humid air mass. As showers and storms fired over the second half of the work week and into the weekend, the moist atmosphere allowed for torrential rainfall at times, leading to some short lived flooding for a few locations. Some sites reported seeing more than an inch of rainfall in less than an hour. Overall, the Bluegrass and Eastern Kentucky each saw above normal rainfall, while Western and Central Kentucky were slightly below normal for the week. Temperatures for the period averaged 74 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 83 in the West to 84 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 65 degrees in the West to 64 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 91 degrees at PEABODY and the extreme low was 56 degrees at MCKEE 5S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.18 inches statewide which was 0.08 inches above normal and 108% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.00 inches, Central 0.81 inches, Bluegrass 1.37 inches and East 1.52 inches, which was -0.07, -0.31, 0.28 and 0.42 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.16 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S to a high of 3.71 inches at MOREHEAD 4NE. --- Agricultural Situation Report: May 31, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and near normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.09 inches, 0.02 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 70 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 63 percent adequate and 34 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 28 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.1 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included setting tobacco, harvesting hay, and planting corn and soybeans when conditions allowed. Isolated and severe storms left many fields wet with some reports of damage to corn, soybeans, and wheat from hail, wind, and flooding. Sidewall compaction may be an issue later in the season, especially for crops planted in wet fields. Some emerged corn is yellowing and showing signs of stress. Several corn and soybean fields have been or will need to be replanted. The average height of emerged corn was 9 inches, compared to 11 inches last year. Producers cut and wrapped wheat for silage this week. Weather conditions finally allowed for some producers to cut hay and appears to be yielding well. However, quality of hay is declining due to over maturity. Hay and roughage supplies were reported as 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 23, 2016 to May 29, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Near Normal Rainfall: After three straight weeks of near to below normal temperatures, Kentucky became situated within a summer-like pattern this past week. High temperatures were in the 80s about each day, with the hottest coming Friday as temperatures peaked in the mid to upper 80s statewide. In addition, Gulf moisture started pushing into Kentucky by Wednesday with muggy conditions sticking around through the end of the period. From mid-week onward, isolated to scattered showers and storms were seen on a near daily basis. The one exception came Thursday as most of the area saw rainfall as a line of storms pushed through the Lower Ohio Valley. Situated within a moist and unstable air mass for much of the period, storms were capable of frequent lightning and torrential rainfall, leading to flash flooding at times. For the week, rainfall totals were drastically different from one side of the state to the other. While Western Kentucky averaged 1.79 inches for the week, Eastern Kentucky only saw an average of 0.61. Temperatures for the period averaged 70 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 12 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 82 in the West to 81 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 62 degrees in the West to 57 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 89 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W and the extreme low was 41 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.09 inches statewide which was 0.02 inches below normal and 98% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.79 inches, Central 1.42 inches, Bluegrass 0.55 inches and East 0.61 inches, which was 0.69, 0.26, -0.53 and -0.51 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.07 inches at LOUISA 1S to a high of 5.01 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS. --- Agricultural Situation Report: May 23, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.61 inches, 0.48 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 58 degrees for the week, 8 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 43 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 1.8 out of a possible seven. Wet weather persisted this week, causing additional delays for planting activities and hay cutting. Where weather permitted, primary activities this week included limited planting and spraying, with a small amount of hay being harvested. Some producers intending to plant corn are changing to soybeans due to favorable prices and continued wet fields. Corn is yellowing due to saturated soils, denitrification, and leaching. The average height of emerged corn was 6 inches. Excessive rainfall has resulted in the deterioration of hay conditions as many fields are well past their ideal cutting date. Tobacco planting delays have left many plants in need of being transplanted as soon as possible. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 16, 2016 to May 22, 2016 Well Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: Unseasonably cool and wet conditions remained in place across Kentucky this past week. The Bluegrass State saw a couple more rounds of widespread rainfall with the most significant coming on Friday. Kentucky was situated within a very moist air mass for this event and resulted in much of Central Kentucky seeing moderate to heavy rainfall. Much of this region saw 1 to 2 inches. Overall, the state averaged 1.61 inches for the week, which was nearly a half inch above normal. May is typically the wettest month of the year for Kentucky and May 2016 has been no different. Thus far, the state has averaged 4.87 inches for the month. While the wet pattern remained in place, Kentucky also saw some very cool temperatures for mid-May. A Frost Advisory was even issued for Monday morning as lows dropped into the 30s for many locations. Overall, Kentucky saw a third straight week of near to below normal temperatures. Temperatures for the period averaged 58 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 67 in the West to 66 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 12 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 11 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 51 degrees in the West to 48 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 82 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 32 degrees at OWENTON 5E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.61 inches statewide which was 0.48 inches above normal and 143% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.27 inches, Central 2.17 inches, Bluegrass 1.62 inches and East 1.39 inches, which was 0.15, 0.99, 0.54 and 0.26 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.54 inches at HICKMAN 2E to a high of 4.41 inches at BOWLING GREEN 4E. --- Agricultural Situation Report: May 16, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.86 inches, 0.74 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 63 degrees for the week, unchanged from normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 35 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 28 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 2.1 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included limited planting and spraying. Excessive rains and storms this week led to flooding, with standing water in many fields. Some fields will need to be replanted. There were also reports of crop damage due to large hail and strong winds; tornado touchdowns also occurred. Some hay fields lodged due to heavy rain and wind, with poor quality and harvest delays anticipated for first cutting. There were reports of lodging as well as stripe rust in winter wheat. Tobacco plant diseases are of concern due to damp weather conditions. Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 2 percent short, 93 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Ten percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 42 percent between 2-4 inches, and 48 percent over 4 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 9, 2016 to May 15, 2016 Near Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: The Commonwealth saw several rounds of showers and storms throughout this past week, followed by well below normal temperatures over the weekend. While the active pattern started on Monday, the focus was on Tuesday through Thursday as Kentucky became situated within a very unstable air mass. Strong to severe storms were seen each day with most significant coming Tuesday as multiple tornadoes touched down in Western and Central Kentucky. Damaging winds, large hail, and excessive lightning provided additional hazards throughout the week, along with heavy rainfall from time to time. Overall, the state averaged 1.86 inches for the period. Over the past three weeks, the state has averaged 5.20 inches, which is nearly 2 inches above normal. By Thursday, much of the state had been placed under a flash flood watch with already- saturated grounds in place. Behind a passing cold front, attention then turned to a very cool weekend. Partly to mostly cloudy skies and breezy northwest winds led to highs in the upper 50s to middle 60s on Saturday. This was followed by lows Saturday night dropping into the middle 30s to low 40s, roughly 15 to 20 degrees below normal for mid-May. Temperatures for the period averaged 63 degrees across the state which was near normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 73 in the West to 72 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 55 degrees in the West to 54 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 86 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 34 degrees at HARTFORD 3E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.86 inches statewide which was 0.74 inches above normal and 166% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.52 inches, Central 1.65 inches, Bluegrass 1.59 inches and East 1.68 inches, which was 1.34, 0.47, 0.54 and 0.61 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.41 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 3.84 inches at MORGANFIELD 4E. --- Agricultural Situation Report: May 9, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.72 inches, 0.37 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 58 degrees for the week, 4 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 20 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.2 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting soybeans and setting tobacco; corn planting has been progressing at a rapid pace. Some farmers are applying fungicides to prevent head scab in wheat as wet and cool weather conditions persist. Wet conditions are also delaying the cutting of alfalfa and wheat hay. There were reports of hail during isolated thunderstorms in the middle of the week, although corn plants are mostly projected to recover from any damage. Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 2 percent short, 93 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Nineteen percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 41 percent between 2-4 inches, and 40 percent over 4 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 2, 2016 to May 8, 2016 Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: An active pattern carried over for a second straight week in Kentucky with multiple rounds of rainfall. Saying that, accumulations were not near as significant compared to the previous week. The state still averaged just under three quarters of an inch with the most falling across Eastern Kentucky. Over the past 14 days, Eastern Kentucky has averaged over 4 inches of rainfall, which is over 2 inches about normal. In response, the US Drought Monitor reduced the area of abnormally dry conditions to roughly 23% of the state, mainly in Southcentral and Southeastern Kentucky, who are still showing some long term deficits. Overall, temperatures for the week averaged below normal for the first time in a month. The coldest period was Wednesday night through Thursday night. Lows each night dropped into the low to middle 40s for much of the state, but a number of locations even dropped into the upper 30s. In between, highs on Thursday only rose into the middle 50s to low 60s, well below normal highs for this time of year in the low to middle 70s. Temperatures for the period averaged 58 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 10 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 71 in the West to 67 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 50 degrees in the West to 49 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 88 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low was 38 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.72 inches statewide which was 0.37 inches below normal and 66% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.21 inches, Central 0.77 inches, Bluegrass 0.72 inches and East 1.19 inches, which was -0.97, -0.37, -0.29 and 0.16 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 2.09 inches at BOONEVILLE 2S. --- Agricultural Situation Report: May 2, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.62 inches, 1.55 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 67 degrees for the week, 8 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.8 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting corn and soybeans. Weather conditions did slow planting progress, with significant rainfall reported in several areas. Wheat is still rated in mostly good condition. The average height of winter wheat was 24 inches, compared to 21 inches last week. Much needed rain did help to improve pasture and hay growth. Alfalfa hay average height was 15 inches, compared to 12 inches last week. Hay and roughage supplies were reported as 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 2 percent short, 93 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Twenty-eight percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 44 percent between 2-4 inches, and 28 percent over 4 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 25, 2016 to May 1, 2016 Much Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Exceptionally wet conditions soaked the Bluegrass State this past week as an average over 2.5 inches fell across the Commonwealth. This was over 1.5 inches above normal and broke a three week streak of below normal precipitation. High rainfall totals were the case for nearly the entirety of Kentucky as multiple rounds of showers and storms rolled through the Lower Ohio Valley. On numerous occasions, storms became strong to severe with damaging winds and hail as the main threats. Overall, this past week was the wettest period of 2016. While the wet pattern was the highlight of the period, unseasonably mild temperatures stuck around for yet another week. In fact, seven of the past eight weeks have seen above normal temperatures. Temperatures were highest on Monday and Tuesday as highs jumped into the low to middle 80s. Temperatures for the period averaged 67 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 77 in the West to 77 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 59 degrees in the West to 57 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 13 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at BOWLING GREEN 4E and the extreme low was 42 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.62 inches statewide which was 1.55 inches above normal and 245% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.17 inches, Central 2.24 inches, Bluegrass 2.98 inches and East 3.09 inches, which was 0.96, 1.15, 2 and 2.1 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.71 inches at BOWLING GREEN APT to a high of 4.78 inches at JACKSON AIRPORT. --- Agricultural Situation Report: April 25, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced well above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.58 inches, 0.43 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 64 degrees for the week, 7 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 17 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included preparing farm equipment for planting, planting corn and seeding tobacco transplants. Corn planting was in full swing, while soybean planting was just getting underway in many areas. Weather conditions allowed for significant planting progress last week. Canola has bloomed and the crop continues to look good. Wheat is still rated in mostly good condition. The average height of winter wheat was 21 inches, compared to 17 inches last week. Harvest of small grains utilized for hay and silage began in some locations. Dry weather has put pressure on pasture and hay. Producers are need in more rainfall soon to promote growth. Alfalfa hay average height was 12 inches, compared to 8 inches last week. Forty-six percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 34 percent between 2- 4 inches, and 20 percent over 4 inches. Apple freeze damage was reported as 1 percent severe, 7 percent moderate, 26 percent light, with 66 percent experiencing none. Peach freeze damage was reported as 2 percent severe, 8 percent moderate, 22 percent light, with 68 percent experiencing none. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 18, 2016 to April 24, 2016 Well Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: The latest update to the US Drought Monitor was released this past Thursday with nearly 40% of the state now showing signs of ‘Abnormally Dry Conditions’. Most of this area includes East-Central and Southeastern Kentucky, where precipitation has been lacking over the past 30 to 60 days. Looking at this previous week, an upper level disturbance slowly worked across the area over the second half of the work week. While Western Kentucky saw near normal rainfall, totals diminished farther east as Eastern Kentucky only saw an average of 0.42 inches, which was about a half inch below normal. The state has now seen below normal precipitation five of the past six weeks. Accompanying the dry conditions were seasonably mild temperatures. Other than the unsettled end to the work week, the state was under the influence of high pressure. This feature brought the state mostly clear skies with highs rising into the 70s and 80s. Temperatures for the period averaged 64 degrees across the state which was 7 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 75 in the West to 78 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 53 degrees in the West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 88 degrees at KOOMER RIDGE and the extreme low was 35 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.58 inches statewide which was 0.43 inches below normal and 57% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.16 inches, Central 0.41 inches, Bluegrass 0.32 inches and East 0.42 inches, which was 0.01, 0.61, 0.61 and 0.51 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.12 inches at FRANKFORT to a high of 2.85 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS. --- Agricultural Situation Report: April 18, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.47 inches, 0.53 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 58 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 8 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 8 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included preparing farm equipment for planting, applying fertilizer and burndown applications, planting corn and seeding tobacco transplants. Soils are drying fast due to the warmer temperatures. Portions of eastern Kentucky and southern Bluegrass are dry and in need of rain. Some producers are still feeding livestock hay as dry conditions continue to affect pasture and hay growth. Late freeze has impacted fruit crops, but full extent is unknown at this time. The average height of winter wheat was 17 inches. Wheat winter freeze damage was reported as 1 percent severe, 4 percent moderate, 12 percent light, with 83 percent experiencing none. Alfalfa hay average height was 8 inches. Alfalfa hay freeze damage was reported as 0 percent severe, 5 percent moderate, 20 percent light, with 75 percent experiencing none. Some weevil damage has been reported in Alfalfa due to early infestations. Fifty-four percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 33 percent between 2-4 inches, and 13 percent over 4 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 11, 2016 to April 17, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: The Bluegrass State saw yet another period with below normal precipitation over this past week. Other than a solid band of showers and a few thunderstorms on Monday, the remainder of the period was mostly dry. Looking back at the past five weeks, four of the five have seen below normal rainfall for the state of Kentucky. Over the past 30 days, the state is on average, 1.62 inches below normal. The dry conditions are even more magnified in Eastern Kentucky where the area is 2.17 inches below normal for the 30 day period. In relation, the US Drought Monitor introduced Abnormally Dry Conditions to portions of Eastern Kentucky and the Southern Bluegrass. While it was a dry week, conditions were favorable for outdoor activities. By the weekend, high pressure at the surface and aloft resulted in clear skies with highs rising into the upper 70s to middle 80s. Temperatures for the period averaged 58 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 12 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 72 in the West to 73 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 47 degrees in the West to 45 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 84 degrees at KOOMER RIDGE and the extreme low was 27 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.47 inches statewide which was 0.53 inches below normal and 47% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.53 inches, Central 0.43 inches, Bluegrass 0.73 inches and East 0.20 inches, which was 0.6, 0.59, 0.18 and 0.75 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at MIDDLESBORO AWOS to a high of 1.41 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW. --- Agricultural Situation Report: April 11, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and precipitation over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.42 inches, 0.57 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 48 degrees for the week, 5 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 84 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.3 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included preparing farm equipment for planting, applying fertilizer and burndown applications, and seeding tobacco transplants. Cool temperatures last week resulted in planting delays. Limited corn planting took place where conditions allowed, but should progress more rapidly later this week. Pasture growth slowed last week as well due to colder weather. Livestock producers are still feeding hay where necessary and if available. The impact of the cold temperatures late in the week to fruit crops and wheat is unknown at this time. Some damage is expected to fruit crop in some locations. But, there is optimism that temperatures were not cold enough, for long enough to cause widespread damage to wheat. Eighty-two percent of wheat is rated as good to excellent. The average height of winter wheat was 8 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 4, 2016 to April 10, 2016 Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: For much of Kentucky, normal high temperatures for first half of April are in the mid to upper 60s, while lows typically drop into the low to mid 40s. Looking at this past week, temperatures were well below normal. In fact, multiple Freeze Warnings were issued by the National Weather Service. The most significant cold spell occurred Friday night through Saturday night. Behind a frontal passage on Friday, an unseasonably cold air mass filtered into the area with lows dipping into the upper 20s to low 30s across much of the state. After only seeing highs on Saturday in the 40s, lows that night dipped back into the 20s across mainly the eastern half of the state. In addition to a rather cool period, conditions were also fairly dry and windy. The state averaged 0.42 inches, which is over half inch below normal for the seven day period. Multiple wind advisories were also issued throughout the period with gusts exceeding 40 mph from time to time. Temperatures for the period averaged 48 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 62 in the West to 57 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 9 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 41 degrees in the West to 35 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 79 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 22 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.42 inches statewide which was 0.57 inches below normal and 42% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.31 inches, Central 0.27 inches, Bluegrass 0.45 inches and East 0.66 inches, which was 0.82, 0.75, 0.45 and 0.27 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.04 inches at FORT KNOX to a high of 1.63 inches at RUSSELLVILLE 2W. --- Agricultural Situation Report: April 5, 2016 (USDA's Crop Report with comments from Tom Priddy & Matt Dixon, UK Ag. Weather) Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and precipitation over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.23 inches, 0.22 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 54 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 23 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.1 out of a possible seven. As the calendar turned to April, a typical spring pattern set up across the Lower Ohio Valley. The Bluegrass State saw a warm start to the period with southerly flow bumping readings up into the 70s by midweek, ahead of an approaching low pressure system. This flow pattern helped Kentucky reach a 4th straight week of above normal temperatures. As the system passed through the area, the state saw a couple rounds of widespread showers and storms Wednesday night and Thursday. This ended up being the only significant rainfall event for the week, but the state still averaged 1.23 inches. This was slightly above normal, breaking a two week span of much below normal precipitation. Attention then turned to Saturday as another cold front moved through the area. During the day, winds became very breezy, so much so that a High Wind Warning was issued for portions of Northern Kentucky. While most of the state saw wind gust in excess of 40 mph, portions of Northern Kentucky exceeded 50. Winds slackened later that night, prompting a Freeze Warning across the area. Lows by early Sunday morning dipped into the upper 20s to low 30s. Primary activities this week included preparing farm equipment for planting, applying fertilizer, and seeding tobacco transplants. Some producers have applied burndown applications in preparation for corn and soybean planting. A few producers have begun planting corn. Producers are concerned about the potential for cold temperatures over the next couple of weeks. Wheat winter freeze damage was reported as 1 percent severe, 5 percent moderate, 14 percent light, with 80 percent experiencing none. Alfalfa hay freeze damage was reported as 3 percent moderate, 21 percent light, with 76 percent experiencing none. Cattle and calves obtained approximately 53 percent of feed from pastures, but some hay is being fed. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 28, 2016 to April 3, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: As the calendar turned to April, a typical spring pattern set up across the Lower Ohio Valley. The Bluegrass State saw a warm start to the period with southerly flow bumping readings up into the 70s by midweek, ahead of an approaching low pressure system. This flow pattern helped Kentucky reach a 4th straight week of above normal temperatures. As the system passed through the area, the state saw a couple rounds of widespread showers and storms Wednesday night and Thursday. This ended up being the only significant rainfall event for the week, but the state still averaged 1.23 inches. This was slightly above normal, breaking a two week span of much below normal precipitation. Attention then turned to Saturday as another cold front moved through the area. During the day, winds became very breezy, so much so that a High Wind Warning was issued for portions of Northern Kentucky. While most of the state saw wind gust in excess of 40 mph, portions of Northern Kentucky exceeded 50. Winds slackened later that night, prompting a Freeze Warning across the area. Lows by early Sunday morning dipped into the upper 20s to low 30s. Temperatures for the period averaged 54 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 66 in the West to 65 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 42 degrees in the West to 44 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 78 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 24 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.23 inches statewide which was 0.22 inches above normal and 122% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.85 inches, Central 1.35 inches, Bluegrass 1.07 inches and East 0.65 inches, which was 0.75, 0.29, 0.16 and -0.31 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.08 inches at OWINGSVILLE 4S to a high of 3.09 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 21, 2016 to March 27, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: This past period marked the third straight week of above normal temperatures and second straight with below normal precipitation. The period started off with temperatures on the climb and dry conditions in place. In fact, there was a heightened fire danger on Tuesday across mainly the eastern half of the state as winds became breezy and humidity levels dropped significantly. Showers and thunderstorms returned Thursday and Thursday night as a cold front crossed the region, before ending the week with dry and cooler conditions in place. Clear skies set up a cold morning on Saturday with temperatures in the low to mid 30s for most. A Frost Advisory was issued with some vegetation becoming increasingly susceptible. While it was a cool start to the weekend, the state saw another warming trend through Sunday, ahead of another cold front bringing showers and storms that evening and overnight. The two systems passing through the area amounted to a state average of 0.53 inches, which is just over a half inch below normal for the seven day period. Temperatures for the period averaged 53 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 65 in the West to 66 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 42 degrees in the West to 41 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 79 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 22 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.53 inches statewide which was 0.51 inches below normal and 51% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.53 inches, Central 0.57 inches, Bluegrass 0.55 inches and East 0.45 inches, which was 0.58, 0.53, 0.39 and 0.57 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.07 inches at CADIZ 4SW to a high of 1.25 inches at MAYFIELD 6SW. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 14, 2016 to March 20, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: This past period signaled the last official week of winter 2015-16. Showers and thunderstorms passed through the area over the course of Monday, before becoming dry and warm on Tuesday. Highs peaked in the upper 70s to middle 80s across much of the Commonwealth behind gusty southerly flow. Following the boundary, temperatures went on the decline. Showers returned over the weekend, but were light in nature. Cloud cover kept temperatures cool compared to what had been seen for much of the first half of March. Highs on Saturday and Sunday stayed in the middle 40s to low 50s. Overall, temperatures were still above normal for the week, but the state averaged only a third of an inch of precipitation. Temperatures for the period averaged 54 degrees across the state which was 7 degrees warmer than normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 64 in the West to 65 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 44 degrees in the West to 45 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 12 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at MADISONVILLE 4S and the extreme low was 23 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.33 inches statewide which was 0.7 inches below normal and 32% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.49 inches, Central 0.29 inches, Bluegrass 0.17 inches and East 0.36 inches, which was 0.6, 0.8, 0.76 and 0.65 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at HARRODSBURG 3N to a high of 1.58 inches at GREENVILLE 6N. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 7, 2016 to March 13, 2016 Much Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: An extremely warm and wet pattern set up across the state of Kentucky this past week. Over much of the period, a low pressure system sat over Northern Mexico and Texas, while high pressure was entrenched off the east coast. This set up a southerly flow pattern with warm and moist air being pushed into the Lower Ohio Valley. Highs for much of the week stayed in the 60s and 70s, well above normal for this time of the year. Showers increased in coverage starting midweek across Western Kentucky and up along the Ohio River, into the Bluegrass. As high pressure pushed east, shower coverage expanded south and east to end the work week. Going into the weekend, the aforementioned low passed through the Lower Ohio Valley, bringing renewed showers across the area. Overall, the state averaged 1.72 inches. Saying that, the plume of moisture really increased values across Western Kentucky, where the area averaged nearly 3.5 inches, which was over 2 inches above normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 61 degrees across the state which was 16 degrees warmer than normal and 20 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 67 in the West to 72 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 9 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 15 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 54 degrees in the West to 49 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 18 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 18 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 81 degrees at HAZARD AWOS and the extreme low was 2 degrees at SOMERSET AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.72 inches statewide which was 0.74 inches above normal and 176% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 3.47 inches, Central 1.59 inches, Bluegrass 1.42 inches and East 0.39 inches, which was 2.45, 0.56, 0.52 and -0.58 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.10 inches at JACKSON 3SE to a high of 6.00 inches at MURRAY 1W. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 29, 2016 to March 6, 2016 Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: The Bluegrass State saw multiple periods of precipitation this past period, but overall, totals were slightly below normal with the state averaging 0.76 inches. Most of the precipitation was seen on Tuesday as rain showers became widespread across the region and was even accompanied by scattered thunderstorms. After starting the week in the 50s and 60s, temperatures dropped behind a cold front with highs on Wednesday only in the upper 30s to middle 40s. The next system on Thursday brought moderate to heavy snow from time to time. This activity was most significant across Eastern Kentucky, especially in the area of Morgan, Elliot, and Rowan counties. Some locations in this region reported 6+ inches. Another system then brought additional rain on Saturday, before temperatures went on the increase Sunday behind mostly clear skies. Temperatures for the period averaged 41 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 52 in the West to 49 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 34 degrees in the West to 33 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 72 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 22 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.76 inches statewide which was 0.2 inches below normal and 79% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.58 inches, Central 0.66 inches, Bluegrass 0.98 inches and East 0.82 inches, which was -0.47, -0.35, 0.12 and -0.12 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.23 inches at CALHOUN 5NW to a high of 2.67 inches at OWINGSVILLE 4S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 22, 2016 to February 28, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: Precipitation and temperatures remained above normal for a second straight week. The Commonwealth saw several rounds of precipitation over the course of Tuesday night and into Wednesday as a low pressure system worked across the region. With the exception of Eastern Kentucky, much of the state saw 1 to 2 inches over the two day period. After starting the work week on the warm side, temperatures quickly crashed behind the system. This eventually transitioned precipitation over to snow, but no significant accumulations were seen. Highs on Thursday and Friday only rose into the upper 30s to middle 40s, but the cool period was short-lived. By Saturday, winds transitioned to the south/southwest and then became breezy on Sunday. Highs on Sunday rose into the middle 60s to around 70, well above normal for this time of year. Temperatures for the period averaged 44 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 53 in the West to 52 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 35 degrees in the West to 36 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 71 degrees at GREENVILLE 6N and the extreme low was 17 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.18 inches statewide which was 0.2 inches above normal and 120% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.57 inches, Central 1.41 inches, Bluegrass 0.97 inches and East 0.76 inches, which was 0.47, 0.36, 0.11 and -0.16 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.34 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 2.59 inches at CARBONDALE ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 15, 2016 to February 21, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: Thus far, this past period was the wettest of 2016 with a state average of 1.70 inches. The Commonwealth saw several disturbances pass through the area with the first coming Monday and Monday night as a surface low pushed just south of the state. Rainfall became widespread that afternoon and evening, before changing to snow overnight across primarily Eastern Kentucky. This was followed by a rain/snow mix on Tuesday across the southern half of the state. After staying cool over the first half of the work week, the state saw a warming trend to end the week. Southerly winds became very breezy on Friday, ushering high temperatures into the 60s. Gusts in excess of 40 mph were common across the area. Another warm day followed on Saturday as much of the state rose into the upper 60s to middle 70s, well above normal for this time of year. Widespread showers then returned again on Saturday night and into Sunday as another surface low passed through the Lower Ohio Valley. Temperatures for the period averaged 45 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees warmer than normal and 20 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 54 in the West to 50 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 40 degrees in the West to 37 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 10 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 11 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 76 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the extreme low was 19 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.70 inches statewide which was 0.79 inches above normal and 187% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.69 inches, Central 1.45 inches, Bluegrass 1.69 inches and East 2.96 inches, which was -0.34, 0.47, 0.91 and 2.11 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.16 inches at BRANDENBURG 4SW to a high of 3.81 inches at OWINGSVILLE 4S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 8, 2016 to February 14, 2016 Well Below Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: Over this past period, the Commonwealth was situated within a rather active pattern with several periods of scattered to numerous snow showers. Activity was heavy to moderate from time to time through the work week, reducing visibility and producing very quick, light accumulations. A more significant winter storm set up on Sunday, producing 2 to 6+ inches for much of the state. Highest accumulations were located across the southern half of Kentucky. The other story for the week was the cold temperatures in place. Below normal temperatures were the norm over the course of the period with coolest temperatures coming on Saturday. Highs only rose into the low to mid 20s as an Arctic air mass moved into the region. Overall, the state average temperature for the week was 12 degrees below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 24 degrees across the state which was 12 degrees cooler than normal and 20 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 32 in the West to 29 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 16 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 18 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 22 degrees in the West to 19 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 49 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 6 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.45 inches statewide which was 0.45 inches below normal and 50% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.43 inches, Central 0.58 inches, Bluegrass 0.50 inches and East 0.29 inches, which was 0.57, 0.4, 0.27 and 0.55 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.07 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 2.26 inches at OWINGSVILLE 4S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 1, 2016 to February 7, 2016 Much Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation: February started out extremely warm and active. Focus over the first half of the week was on a strong storm system pushing through region. On Tuesday, a warm front crossed the Commonwealth and sent temperatures into the upper 60s to low 70s behind gusty southerly winds. Putting this into perspective, normal highs for this time of the year are only in the low to mid 40s. Several lines of showers and thunderstorms then moved through the state starting in the afternoon and lasting into the overnight hours. Behind high rainfall rates, some locations saw some minor and short-lived flooding. In addition to showers on Monday, the state averaged over an inch and a half for the week. After a fairly cool end to the work week, temperatures were once again above normal over the weekend. Highs peaked in the upper 40s to middle 50s. Temperatures for the period averaged 44 degrees across the state which was 10 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 55 in the West to 54 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 10 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 33 degrees in the West to 35 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 7 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 12 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 75 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S and the extreme low was 16 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.53 inches statewide which was 0.66 inches above normal and 175% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.33 inches, Central 1.75 inches, Bluegrass 1.49 inches and East 1.55 inches, which was 0.38, 0.8, 0.73 and 0.72 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.04 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS to a high of 2.53 inches at YELLOW CREEK. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 25, 2016 to January 31, 2016 Much Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation: The month of January ended with rather warm and dry conditions in place. The only significant rainfall event came early in the week as a cold front passed through the state on Monday night. After only seeing isolated to scattered rain showers during the day, coverage increased overnight with much of the area seeing light rainfall accumulations. A combination of warm temperatures and rainfall acted to really diminish the leftover snowpack from the previous weekend. After a rather cool couple of days on Tuesday and Wednesday, temperatures went on the increase for the remainder of the week. Temperatures rose into the 40s for the end of the work week, but the real change came over the weekend. High pressure moved off to the east, setting up a southerly flow pattern for the Bluegrass State. High temperatures pushed into the 60s each day for most of the state. Some areas even reached into the 70s. One of those stations was at the airport in Bowling Green with a reading of 72 on Sunday. Normal high temperatures are in the mid 40s for the end of January in South-Central Kentucky. Temperatures for the period averaged 41 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees warmer than normal and 20 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 54 in the West to 50 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 10 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 33 degrees in the West to 29 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 73 degrees at RUSSELLVILLE 2W and the extreme low was 7 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.12 inches statewide which was 0.67 inches below normal and 15% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.09 inches, Central 0.11 inches, Bluegrass 0.06 inches and East 0.24 inches, which was 0.75, 0.74, 0.63 and 0.54 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 0.82 inches at YELLOW CREEK. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 18, 2016 to January 24, 2016 Much Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation: Up until this past week, winter 2015-16 has progressed with little in the way of any significant snowfall. That all came to an end this period as the state saw a couple systems, highlighted by a major winter storm to end the work week. The period started off with extremely cold temperatures in place. Lows by Monday and Tuesday mornings dropped into the single digits to low teens, along with wind chills dipping below zero at times. This arctic air led to a livestock cold stress emergency for much of the state for an extended period of time. Temperatures went on the increase by Wednesday, but the first of two systems brought significant snowfall to the area. Accumulations were highest across the western half of the state with 1 to 4 inches for most. After a dry day on Thursday, a major winter storm worked through the Bluegrass State that night through Saturday morning. The entire state went under a Winter Storm Warning. Initially, freezing rain led to some ice accumulations across portions of southern Kentucky near the Tennessee border. As the day progressed, all precipitation transitioned to snow with moderate to heavy activity from time to time. The most significant activity was seen across South-Central and Eastern Kentucky with a widespread swath of 12 to 18+ inches. Below is a map from the National Weather Service in Jackson, Kentucky showing snowfall totals across the state.   Mobile By Saturday night, the Commonwealth became under the influence of high pressure. With the snowpack in place and winds slackening, temperatures dropped into the single digits and even below zero for several locations. The lowest temperature was seen in Richmond with a reading of -9. Winds transitioned to the south by Sunday and helped temperatures sneak back into the 30s. Overall, the state saw below normal temperatures for a second straight week. Temperatures for the period averaged 21 degrees across the state which was 12 degrees cooler than normal and 12 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 29 in the West to 27 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 14 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 16 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 17 degrees in the West to 14 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 8 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 8 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 42 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS and the extreme low was -9 degrees at RICHMOND 8E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.92 inches statewide which was 0.1 inches above normal and 112% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.58 inches, Central 1.59 inches, Bluegrass 0.50 inches and East 1.01 inches, which was -0.29, 0.72, -0.21 and 0.18 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.06 inches at TRIANGLE MOUNTAIN to a high of 6.26 inches at BOWLING GREEN 5S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 11, 2015 to January 17, 2016 Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: Up until this past week, the winter had followed a rather warm trend with 12 straight weeks of near to above normal temperatures, dating back to October. That streak came to an end this past week, behind the passage of a few cold fronts. The first boundary swept through the area on Tuesday. 1 to 2 inches of snowfall was seen across much of the Northern Bluegrass, before diminishing across the remainder of the state. Skies cleared later in the day, setting up a very cold overnight. Most reach the single digits to lower teens by Wednesday morning, along with some locations seeing wind chills go below zero. Rain showers returned on Friday along another cold front. After a mild end to the work week, highs Saturday only rose into the 30s. The third and final frontal passage occurred on Sunday. Not much in the way of precipitation was seen, but Arctic air starting sinking into the region later in the day. Overall, the state saw temperatures slightly below normal for the week. Temperatures for the period averaged 32 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 43 in the West to 41 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 26 degrees in the West to 25 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 62 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 2 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.18 inches statewide which was 0.68 inches below normal and 21% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.18 inches, Central 0.21 inches, Bluegrass 0.15 inches and East 0.18 inches, which was 0.72, 0.7, 0.59 and 0.71 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at CARBONDALE ASOS to a high of 0.50 inches at FRANKLIN 4SW. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 4, 2015 to January 10, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: After seeing the warmest December on record, Kentucky caught a first glimpse of winter this past period. The Bluegrass State started the week on the cold side with highs on Monday only in the 30s. Lows that night dropped into the mid-teens to around 20, along with winds chills dropping into the single digits for some spots. This pushed the livestock cold stress index into the danger/emergency categories for a short period of time. Similar conditions were felt on Tuesday, before high pressure shifted to the east and transitioned winds to the south by Wednesday. Highs rose back into the 50s by Friday. The state saw a couple rounds of showers with the first coming Thursday night and into Friday as a warm front lifted through the area. Most saw under a quarter inch. Another surface low pushed through the Lower Ohio Valley Saturday and Sunday. Rain showers were widespread in nature through Saturday. A cold front then moved through Kentucky that night and into Sunday, transitioning precipitation to snow. The highest accumulations were found right along the Ohio River from around Paducah to Louisville with 1 to 3 inches. Much of the rest of the state stayed under an inch. Temperatures for the period averaged 37 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 44 in the West to 47 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 29 degrees in the West to 27 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 60 degrees at HINDMAN 5N and the extreme low was 10 degrees at PIKEVILLE 13S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.79 inches statewide which was 0.09 inches below normal and 89% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.44 inches, Central 0.40 inches, Bluegrass 0.67 inches and East 0.67 inches, which was 0.51, -0.55, -0.08 and -0.24 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.17 inches at BOWLING GREEN 5S to a high of 9.49 inches at EVANSVILLE ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 28, 2015 to January 3, 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall: After seeing 3 to 5 inches the week before, another line of showers and storms moved through the area on Monday. Flash flooding issues arose, along with some minor flooding along rivers. The good news was that the remainder of 2015 and start of 2016 saw minimal in the way of new accumulations. Temperatures remained above normal for most of the period, but much cooler than what was seen the previous week. The one exception came New Year’s Eve and Day with highs in the mid 30s to low 40s. These readings were actually slightly below normal, something the state had not seen in quite awhile. Saying this, it was still not enough to break the warm trend. The state has now gone 11 straight weeks of seeing near to above normal temperatures, dating back to late October. Temperatures for the period averaged 42 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees warmer than normal and 16 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 47 in the West to 52 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 34 degrees in the West to 36 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 11 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 75 degrees at WHITESBURG 2NW and the extreme low was 18 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.78 inches statewide which was 0.13 inches below normal and 85% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.69 inches, Central 0.55 inches, Bluegrass 0.58 inches and East 0.29 inches, which was 0.74, -0.44, -0.22 and -0.62 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BRANDENBURG 4SW to a high of 3.14 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 21, 2015 to December 27, 2015 Well Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: A very unusual weather pattern set up this past period across the Commonwealth, bringing record-breaking temperatures and excessive rainfall to the Bluegrass State. Taking a look at precipitation first, Kentucky saw numerous systems pass through the area over the period, amounting to a state average of 3.56 inches. This was the highest weekly average that the state had seen all year and was more than 2.5 inches above normal. The most significant event occurred late on Wednesday and into the overnight as a cold front swept through the area. A line of strong to severe storms developed along the boundary, leading to a cold season severe weather event with damaging winds as the main hazard. This was followed by a wet Christmas and holiday weekend as multiple disturbances pushed through the Lower Ohio Valley. Periods of moderate to heavy rain led to some water issues with saturated ground causing some flooding in low lying areas. The wet weather was accompanied by very warm temperatures for late December. The winter solstice occurred Monday night, but it felt as though the calendar was turned back a couple months. High temperatures consistently stayed in the 50s and 60s, even hitting the 70s on a couple occasions. For the week, Kentucky saw average highs that were nearly 20 degrees above normal and lows around 25 degrees above normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 58 degrees across the state which was 22 degrees warmer than normal and 14 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 64 in the West to 66 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 19 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 20 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 49 degrees in the West to 53 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 21 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 27 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 78 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S and the extreme low was 31 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 3.56 inches statewide which was 2.62 inches above normal and 377% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 4.13 inches, Central 3.84 inches, Bluegrass 3.98 inches and East 2.30 inches, which was 3.12, 2.81, 3.15 and 1.39 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.73 inches at BRANDENBURG 4SW to a high of 6.52 inches at BENTON 4N. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 14, 2015 to December 20, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The warm end to 2015 continued this past week as temperatures early in the period topped out in the 50s and 60s. The Commonwealth has now gone 9 straight weeks with near to above normal temperatures. Even when the state saw some cooler highs on Friday and Saturday, in the upper 30s to middle 40s, it was still only slightly below normal for this time of year. Looking at precipitation, the state averaged about three quarters of an inch for the week behind a couple shields of rainfall moving through the area. The more significant of the two came early on Monday. Accompanying this band was very breezy conditions. A Wind Advisory was issued for much of the state with many seeing winds gusts in excess of 40 mph. Temperatures for the period averaged 44 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees warmer than normal and 10 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 53 in the West to 54 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 36 degrees in the West to 36 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 7 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 74 degrees at WHITESBURG 2NW and the extreme low was 18 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.72 inches statewide which was 0.26 inches below normal and 74% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.59 inches, Central 0.72 inches, Bluegrass 0.61 inches and East 0.96 inches, which was -0.48, -0.35, -0.23 and 0.03 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at BRANDENBURG 4SW to a high of 1.41 inches at YELLOW CREEK. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 7, 2015 to December 13, 2015 Well Above Normal Temperatures and Much Below Normal Rainfall: Stepping outside this past week, it was definitely not the typical weather conditions that would be seen in December. Warm temperatures were present for nearly the entire period. After starting the week in the upper 40s to middle 50s, temperatures climbed into the upper 60s to middle 70s over the weekend behind a warm front. These readings were roughly 20 to 25 degrees above normal and broke records across the state. Looking at the week as a whole, temperatures were on average, 15 degrees above normal across the state. The last time Kentucky had a deviation this high in December was back in 2012. Looking at precipitation, it was a very dry week with most disturbances only resulting in very light showers or a drizzle. Kentucky only averaged 0.04 inches for the period. Temperatures for the period averaged 54 degrees across the state which was 15 degrees warmer than normal and 12 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 64 in the West to 62 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 15 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 12 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 47 degrees in the West to 44 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 16 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 16 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 75 degrees at WHITESBURG 2NW and the extreme low was 25 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.04 inches statewide which was 1.02 inches below normal and 4% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.01 inches, Central 0.01 inches, Bluegrass 0.06 inches and East 0.08 inches, which was 1.15, 1.14, 0.87 and 0.92 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 0.33 inches at MOREHEAD 4NE. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 30, 2015 to December 6, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: The month of December started with an active pattern in place. The Commonwealth saw periods of widespread light to moderate rain showers on Monday and Tuesday as a couple frontal boundaries pushed through the area. Overall, the state averaged over an inch and a half for the event, enough to push Kentucky to a third straight week of above normal precipitation. Drier conditions then pushed into Kentucky for the remainder of the week as high pressure took control. The main focus during this period was fog formation each morning. Fog became dense and widespread for some, especially across Northern Kentucky. After seeing highs drop into the mid 40s to around 50 on Wednesday, temperatures rose into the low to mid 50s over the weekend. Overall, temperatures were slightly above normal for the week. This led to a seventh straight period of near to above normal temperatures. Temperatures for the period averaged 43 degrees across the state which was 1 degree warmer than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 52 in the West to 53 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 33 degrees in the West to 36 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 67 degrees at WHITESBURG 2NW and the extreme low was 19 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.59 inches statewide which was 0.5 inches above normal and 146% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.71 inches, Central 1.74 inches, Bluegrass 1.39 inches and East 2.51 inches, which was -0.55, 0.57, 0.47 and 1.49 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.08 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 3.40 inches at YELLOW CREEK. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 30, 2015 39-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.15 inches, 0.10 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 50 degrees for the week, 6 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 19 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.0 out of a possible seven. Many producers have completed their grain harvest. However, there were a few fields remaining to be harvested in some locations. Tobacco stripping continues to progress well. Pastures are holding steady at mostly good to fair condition. Livestock are reported to be in mostly good condition with fall breeding taking place. Hay and roughage supplies were reported as 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 23, 2015 to November 29, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: This past work week started off with very cold temperatures carrying over from the previous weekend. The majority of the state woke up to readings in the upper teens to low 20s on Monday morning, roughly 15 to 20 degrees below normal for this time of the year. The good news is that a warming trend then followed through the Thanksgiving holiday. By Thursday, temperatures were peaking in the mid 60s to around 70 behind breezy southerly flow. After a dry week, a cold front slowly worked through the area over the weekend. A plume of moisture led to periods of widespread rainfall. Overall, totals diminished farther east. Western Kentucky averaged over 2 inches of rainfall, while much of the eastern half of the state only saw a little over a half inch. Temperatures for the period averaged 50 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 59 in the West to 61 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 42 degrees in the West to 38 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 7 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 72 degrees at JACKSON AIRPORT and the extreme low was 15 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.15 inches statewide which was 0.1 inches above normal and 110% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.23 inches, Central 1.12 inches, Bluegrass 0.64 inches and East 0.61 inches, which was 1.02, 0.01, -0.25 and -0.36 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.35 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 4.49 inches at HICKMAN 2E. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 23, 2015 38-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and precipitation over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.68 inches, 0.70 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 49 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 10 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.1 out of a possible seven. Grain harvest is winding down with unharvested corn and soybean fields in need of dry conditions or frozen ground to allow combines to get back in fields. Tobacco stripping is progressing well with some reports of fat stems. Pastures are holding steady at mostly good to fair condition. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 16, 2015 to November 22, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: A couple cold fronts this past week led to above normal precipitation for much of the Bluegrass State, in addition to some of the coldest temperatures of the fall season. After some light rain to start the week, a plume of moisture ahead of a cold front on Wednesday led to widespread light to moderate rainfall across the area. This plume slowly shifted east through the day with totals ranging between 1 and 2 inches for much of Kentucky. After a brief period of dry conditions to end the work week, another cold front pushed through the area on Saturday. This boundary once again sparked scattered to numerous showers across the Bluegrass State. While totals were not as significant, this system sent temperatures plummeting and led to the first snow showers of the season for some areas. Lows on Saturday night dipped into the 20s, while highs on Sunday did not get out of the 30s. Temperatures for the period averaged 49 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 57 in the West to 59 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 41 degrees in the West to 40 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 74 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 19 degrees at MADISONVILLE 4S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.68 inches statewide which was 0.7 inches above normal and 172% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.91 inches, Central 1.90 inches, Bluegrass 1.15 inches and East 0.74 inches, which was 1.78, 0.86, 0.30 and -0.15 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.27 inches at LOUISA 1S to a high of 5.58 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 16, 2015 37-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.32 inches, 0.53 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 49 degrees for the week, near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 16 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.9 out of a possible seven. Grain harvest is winding down in many locations. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, sowing wheat and stripping tobacco when conditions allowed. Pastures are in mostly good to fair condition. Cattle producers continued weaning calves and many have begun feeding hay. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 9, 2015 to November 15, 2015 Near Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: As harvest began wrapping up, this past week followed an up and down weather pattern. The start of the period brought a period of light rain Monday and Monday night as an upper level low pressure system passed through the area. Dry conditions then pushed into the region temporarily, before eyes turned to a strong cold front late Wednesday and into Thursday morning. In addition to the Monday system, a couple lines of showers along and ahead of the boundary resulted in a statewide average just under a third of an inch for the week. Ahead of the cold front, temperatures peaked in the 60s on Wednesday. Winds then became gusty behind the front on Thursday and Friday with peak gusts between 25 and 40 mph. Temperatures Friday night dove into the mid 20s to low 30s under mostly clear skies. Temperatures for the period averaged 49 degrees across the state which was near normal and 12 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 63 in the West to 59 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 38 degrees in the West to 38 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 73 degrees at BENTON 4N and the extreme low was 21 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.32 inches statewide which was 0.53 inches below normal and 38% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.34 inches, Central 0.50 inches, Bluegrass 0.26 inches and East 0.17 inches, which was 0.67, 0.39, 0.47 and 0.59 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.03 inches at LONDON to a high of 1.19 inches at BRANDENBURG 4SW. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 9, 2015 36-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.59 inches, 0.18 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 60 degrees for the week, 9 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 13 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 19 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.5 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, sowing wheat and stripping tobacco when conditions allowed. Harvest has been slowed in some areas due to wet field conditions. Pasture conditions remained in mostly good condition. Cattle and calves obtained approximately 65 percent of feed from pastures, but some hay is being fed. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 2, 2015 to November 8, 2015 Much Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Normal high temperatures for the start of November are typically in the low to mid 60s across much of Kentucky. Over this past work week, highs bumped into the 70s about each day behind a light southerly flow pattern and mostly sunny skies from time to time. A few locations even jumped into the 80s. The area stayed dry through Thursday, before a cold front worked through the region that night and into Friday. A weakening line of widespread showers and some embedded storms were sparked ahead of the boundary. Rainfall totals were highest along the Ohio River where many saw a half to one inch plus, before diminishing farther to the southeast. Behind the activity, dry and much cooler conditions moved into the area for the weekend. After a warm work week, highs only peaked in the middle 50s to around 60 each day, before falling into the 30s at night. Temperatures for the period averaged 60 degrees across the state which was 9 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 69 in the West to 70 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 52 degrees in the West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 11 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 15 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 82 degrees at PEABODY and the extreme low was 30 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.59 inches statewide which was 0.18 inches below normal and 77% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.88 inches, Central 0.62 inches, Bluegrass 0.68 inches and East 0.17 inches, which was 0.02, -0.18, -0.02 and -0.53 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.04 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 2.03 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 2, 2015 35-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.09 inches, 1.32 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 54 degrees for the week, near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 15 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 23 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.5 out of a possible seven. Rain events throughout the week slowed or stopped harvest. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, sowing wheat and stripping tobacco when conditions allowed. Pasture conditions improved due to the rain received. Livestock were rated in mostly good condition. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 26, 2015 to November 1, 2015 Near Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: After a fairly dry month, October ended with a wet pattern in place. Through the first half of the work week, the Commonwealth saw multiple rounds of soaking showers ahead of a low pressure system to the south. Activity was widespread at times, with much of the state picking up between 1.5 to 2.5+ inches of rainfall. Dry conditions returned Thursday and Friday, but only temporarily. Numerous to widespread light showers returned by the evening of Halloween and pushed through the state overnight. Many picked up an additional tenth to quarter inch. With the exception of Eastern Kentucky, the majority of the Bluegrass State averaged over two inches for the week, which broke a three week streak of below normal rainfall. Temperatures for the period averaged 54 degrees across the state which was near normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 63 in the West to 61 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 50 degrees in the West to 47 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 73 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S and the extreme low was 31 degrees, at the same location. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.09 inches statewide which was 1.32 inches above normal and 273% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.76 inches, Central 2.60 inches, Bluegrass 2.22 inches and East 0.78 inches, which was 1.91, 1.81, 1.52 and 0.06 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.31 inches at BOONEVILLE 2S to a high of 4.52 inches at HARDINSBURG 5SW. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 26, 2015 34-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.33 inches, 0.37 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 59 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 8 percent very short, 34 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 8 percent very short, 34 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.2 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, sowing wheat and stripping tobacco. Most areas are in need of rain to improve pastures and bring tobacco into case for stripping. Moisture would also be beneficial for fall seeded crops. US Drought Monitor shows a little over 14 percent of the state, mainly in Western and West-Central Kentucky, in a Moderate Drought. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 19, 2015 to October 25, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Below normal rainfall continues to be the trend across the Lower Ohio Valley. The Bluegrass State has now gone three straight weeks of seeing below normal precipitation. Looking back further, seven of the past nine have been below normal. This past period, high pressure kept the area dry and fairly mild through the work week. A cold front then pushed through the area Saturday and into Saturday night with showers becoming widespread at times. When it was all said and done, the state averaged a third of an inch for the week, which is below normal by about the same. The dry conditions have been more noticeable in Western Kentucky where month to date rainfall is approaching two inches below normal. Looking longer term, this area is more than four inches below normal over the past 60 days. In relation, the US Drought Monitor has put a little over 14% of the state, mainly in Western and West-Central Kentucky, in a Moderate Drought. Temperatures for the period averaged 59 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 74 in the West to 71 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 48 degrees in the West to 44 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 83 degrees at BENTON 4N and the extreme low was 26 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.33 inches statewide which was 0.37 inches below normal and 47% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.38 inches, Central 0.34 inches, Bluegrass 0.44 inches and East 0.18 inches, which was 0.4, 0.37, 0.21 and 0.49 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at CARBONDALE ASOS to a high of 2.03 inches at STANFORD 4NE. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 19, 2015 33-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.36 inches, 0.35 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 55 degrees for the week, 3 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 30 percent short, 60 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 31 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.1 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, sowing wheat and stripping tobacco. First widespread frost was received this week. Some producers were feeding hay to their livestock. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 12, 2015 to October 18, 2015 Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: This past week brought the Commonwealth a couple rounds of rainfall, in addition to the first widespread frost of the young fall season. A cold front pushed through the region Monday evening and into the overnight, producing a solid band of showers and storms. This feature accounted for much of the rainfall this past week. Over the period, the state averaged a little over a third of an inch, which was below normal for a second straight week. A secondary cold front passed through the Ohio Valley on Thursday night with not much in the way of precipitation. The bigger story was the cold temperatures filtering into the area over the weekend. Areas of frost developed both Friday and Saturday nights across the state. The coolest temperatures were seen Saturday night and Sunday morning as the majority of Kentucky dropped below freezing. Many rural locations dropped into the mid to upper 20s, which is around 15 to 20 degrees below normal for this time of year. Temperatures for the period averaged 55 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees cooler than normal and 10 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 71 in the West to 66 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 43 degrees in the West to 43 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 86 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW and the extreme low was 24 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.36 inches statewide which was 0.35 inches below normal and 51% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.26 inches, Central 0.52 inches, Bluegrass 0.35 inches and East 0.30 inches, which was 0.48, 0.2, 0.33 and 0.4 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 0.89 inches at BRANDENBURG 4SW. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 13, 2015 32-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.22 inches, 0.56 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 66 degrees for the week, 6 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 31 percent short, 59 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 31 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.7 out of a possible seven. Tobacco houseburn was reported as 1 percent heavy, 5 percent moderate, 17 percent light, with 77 percent experiencing none. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 5, 2015 to October 11, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The Commonwealth saw mostly dry and unseasonably warm conditions for much of this last period. High pressure at the surface and aloft kept the Commonwealth dry through at least Thursday. Highs rose into the upper 70s to middle 80s about each day, well above normal for this time of the year. A cold front pushed through the Ohio Valley on Friday, sparking numerous to widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms across much of the area. This was the only significant rainfall event for the week with the state averaging between a tenth and third of an inch. Cooler and drier conditions arrived for the weekend. Skies cleared Saturday night, opening the door for a cool night ahead. Lows dropped into the low to mid 40s for many locations, but some even moved into the upper 30s. Temperatures for the period averaged 66 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 79 in the West to 76 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 55 degrees in the West to 53 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at BURLINGTON 4S and the extreme low was 37 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.22 inches statewide which was 0.56 inches below normal and 28% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.16 inches, Central 0.29 inches, Bluegrass 0.13 inches and East 0.29 inches, which was 0.64, 0.52, 0.61 and 0.49 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW to a high of 0.89 inches at YELLOW CREEK. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 5, 2015 31-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.82 inches, 1.02 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 62 degrees for the week, 1 degree below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 31 percent short, 57 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 30 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.0 out of a possible seven. Much needed rain was received this past week. However, it may have been too late to improve yields for some double crop soybeans. Crops were harvested between rain events where conditions allowed. Pasture conditions improved slightly due to the moisture received. Livestock were rated in mostly good condition. Some producers had begun feeding hay because of dry weather and welcomed the rainfall. Tobacco houseburn was reported as 1 percent heavy, 5 percent moderate, 15 percent light, with 79 percent experiencing none. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 28, 2015 to October 4, 2015 Below Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall: The Commonwealth saw numerous rounds of beneficial rainfall this past week as the state was situated within a rather unsettled pattern. Abundant moisture pushed into the Lower Ohio Valley ahead of an upper level low pressure system by Tuesday, setting the stage for a wet week ahead. Several disturbances kept the chance for rainfall in the forecast through Saturday. The most significant and widespread activity was seen over the midsection of the work week, before showers became confined to mainly the eastern half of the state heading into the weekend. Showers and any accumulations were rather light in nature by Friday and Saturday, with cooler temperatures as the more noticeable impact. Northeast breezy flow combined with overcast skies to keep highs in the 50s both days. The state averaged 1.82 inches of rainfall for the week, which was over an inch above normal. This was the first time the state was an inch above normal for a week since mid-July. South-central Kentucky saw the highest accumulations over the 7 day period, with many locations coming in at 3 to 4+ inches. Temperatures for the period averaged 62 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 69 in the West to 67 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 8 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 8 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 57 degrees in the West to 58 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 86 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 45 degrees at TRIANGLE MOUNTAIN. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.82 inches statewide which was 1.02 inches above normal and 227% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.12 inches, Central 2.54 inches, Bluegrass 1.89 inches and East 1.72 inches, which was 0.3, 1.68, 1.15 and 0.93 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.32 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS to a high of 4.94 inches at CAMPBELLSVILLE 7W. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 28, 2015 30-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.33 inches, 0.52 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 68 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 17 percent very short, 41 percent short, 40 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 12 percent very short, 38 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.5 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn, soybeans and tobacco. The Commonwealth remains dry but part of the state received much need rainfall late in the week. Pasture conditions continue to decline due to the dry conditions. Moisture is need to promote germination for fall seeding’s. Tobacco houseburn was reported as 1 percent heavy, 5 percent moderate, 14 percent light, with 80 percent experiencing none. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 21, 2015 to September 27, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The US Drought Monitor upgraded a slight portion of Kentucky to 'Moderate Drought' this past week, while over half remains 'Abnormally dry'. Depending on location, it was either another dry period or beneficial rainfall was finally seen. While it was mostly dry through Thursday, an upper level low pressure system worked into the Lower Ohio Valley on Friday and into the weekend. Showers became widespread at times Friday evening, but it was not a statewide event. Much of the activity was located across mainly the eastern half of the state. This was followed by scattered coverage on Saturday across the same general area, before diminishing that night. According to data at the Ag Weather Center, light to moderate showers led to average totals of 0.39 and 0.71 inches in the Bluegrass and Eastern Kentucky, respectively. Western and central portions of the state missed out on much of the activity and were much below normal for a second straight week. Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 82 in the West to 76 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 56 degrees in the West to 57 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at BURLINGTON 4S and the extreme low was 43 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.33 inches statewide which was 0.52 inches below normal and 39% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.07 inches, Central 0.17 inches, Bluegrass 0.39 inches and East 0.71 inches, which was 0.79, 0.77, 0.38 and 0.13 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at HICKMAN 2E to a high of 1.27 inches at STANFORD 4NE. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 21, 2015 29-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.04 inches, 0.79 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 67 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 11 percent very short, 37 percent short, 49 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 31 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.7 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay, tobacco and harvesting corn for grain. Soybean harvest is underway in some locations. Early corn and soybean yields are reported to be very good. Harvest has also begun on some early soybean fields. Much of the state has experienced below normal rainfall over the past month and late crops are in need of rain, especially soybeans. Pasture conditions have declined due to the dry weather and some livestock producers are now feeding hay. Moisture is need for fall seeding. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 14, 2015 to September 20, 2015 Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Dry conditions led to excellent harvesting conditions this past week. The Bluegrass State was under the influence of high pressure at the surface and aloft for much of the period. This led to mostly clear skies during the day and at night. Throughout the work week, temperatures saw a slight warming trend as surface high pressure shifted east. Highs increased from the mid 70s to around 80 on Monday, to solidly in the 80s across the state by Friday. A cold front then worked through the region on Saturday, leading to isolated to scattered showers. This was the only rainfall event for the period, leading to another week of below normal rainfall. While this is typically one of the drier times of the year, Kentucky has now seen much below normal rainfall three of the past four weeks. As of this past Thursday, around half of the state is now experiencing 'Abnormally Dry Conditions' according to the latest update of the US Drought Monitor. Temperatures for the period averaged 67 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 82 in the West to 79 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 55 degrees in the West to 53 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 41 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.04 inches statewide which was 0.79 inches below normal and 5% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.03 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.04 inches and East 0.11 inches, which was 0.82, 0.92, 0.7 and 0.71 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 0.92 inches at WHITESBURG 2NW. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 14, 2015 28-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.98 inches, 0.16 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 71 degrees for the week, near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 33 percent short, 57 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 26 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.8 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay and tobacco and harvesting corn for grain in some locations. Scattered showers were beneficial to crops and pastures. However, some areas did not receive rain and are in need of additional moisture. Early corn yields are reported to be very good. Harvest has also begun on some early soybean fields. Pastures and livestock remain in mostly good condition. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 7, 2015 to September 13, 2015 Near Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: The Bluegrass State underwent a major pattern change this past week. The period started off with above normal temperatures remaining in place. Through Tuesday, southerly flow sent highs into the upper 80s to middle 90s for much of Kentucky, continuing a warm and dry pattern for the beginning of September. That pattern broke on Wednesday as a weak cold front pushed through the region. After a couple weeks of mostly dry conditions, the Commonwealth saw some relief as scattered to numerous showers and storms pushed through the Ohio Valley. An unsettled pattern continued into the first half of the weekend. Overall, the state averaged just under an inch for the week, which is slightly above normal for this time of the year. The period ended with much drier and considerably cooler air in place. Clear skies on Saturday night led to lows ranging from the middle 40s to around 50 for most, which is more typical of mid to late October. Temperatures for the period averaged 71 degrees across the state which was near normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 81 in the West to 79 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 62 degrees in the West to 62 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 94 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 41 degrees at HENDERSON 5E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.98 inches statewide which was 0.16 inches above normal and 119% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.52 inches, Central 0.88 inches, Bluegrass 1.12 inches and East 1.42 inches, which was -0.30, -0.04, 0.37 and 0.62 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at GREENVILLE 6N to a high of 3.88 inches at STANFORD 4NE. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 8, 2015 27-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.09 inches, 0.67 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 77 degrees for the week, 4 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 8 percent very short, 33 percent short, 57 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 27 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.8 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping and cutting tobacco. Corn for grain harvest has begun in some locations. Corn is drying down fast due to dry conditions. Most crops are in need of rain, especially soybeans. Soybean conditions declined with seventy-one percent rated as good to excellent compared to seventy-five percent last week. Pastures remain in mostly good condition, but are in decline due to dry weather. Livestock remain in mostly good condition and producers are optimistic about hay supplies. Producers continue to prepare equipment for the upcoming harvest. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 31, 2015 to September 6, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Summer made one last stand this past period with hot and humid conditions in place for much of the week. Highs each day were above normal and increasing throughout the period. By the holiday weekend, temperatures were consistently peaking in the low to mid 90s for most. Looking at the week as a whole, the state averaged 90 degrees for highs. Based on preliminary data at the Ag Weather Center, this threshold has not been met since early August of 2012. High pressure also kept the area mostly dry with only isolated to widely scattered coverage about each day. This led to a second straight week of much below normal rainfall. The US Drought Monitor introduced 'Abnormally Dry Conditions' to a little over 13% of the state this past week. Temperatures for the period averaged 77 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 91 in the West to 88 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 66 degrees in the West to 65 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 97 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 58 degrees at LIBERTY 3SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.09 inches statewide which was 0.67 inches below normal and 12% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.01 inches, Central 0.07 inches, Bluegrass 0.20 inches and East 0.06 inches, which was 0.69, 0.76, 0.53 and 0.72 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 1.45 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 31, 2015 26-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.09 inches, 0.66 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 69 degrees for the week, 6 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 22 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 16 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.6 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping and cutting tobacco. Disease and insect pressure remains a concern for field crops. There were reports of southern rust and gray leaf spot in corn. Most locations are in need of rain as crops are showing signs of stress due to lack of moisture. Soybeans are at a critical stage of development and yields could be hampered if dry conditions continue. Yields are expected to be light for grapes due to the harsh winter. Pastures remain in mostly good condition, but are starting to decline due to dry weather. Housed tobacco is reportedly curing well. Producers continue to prepare equipment for the upcoming harvest. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 24, 2015 to August 30, 2015 Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Normally, the month of August brings the Commonwealth warm temperatures and high humidity. August 2015 has been quite the opposite and that didn’t change over the last week of the month. Cool conditions pushed the state to a fourth straight week of below normal temperatures. Behind a strong cold front early on Monday, surface high pressure built into the region for the remainder of the work week. Up until Thursday, afternoon highs were only rising into the mid 70s to low 80s, before dropping into the low to mid 50s at night. In fact, some locations even saw the upper 40s. High pressure kept the area dry with any clouds developing in the afternoon quickly clearing after sunset. In addition, low dewpoints made it feel more like fall. The high shifted east by Friday and into the weekend, leading to both moisture and temperatures on the increase. Within a moderately unstable atmosphere, scattered showers and storms developed each day over the weekend. While that was the case, rainfall was still much below normal for the week with many stations not even recording a trace. Temperatures for the period averaged 69 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 82 in the West to 80 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 58 degrees in the West to 59 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 7 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 91 degrees at ELKTON 5SW and the extreme low was 48 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.09 inches statewide which was 0.66 inches below normal and 12% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.18 inches, Central 0.04 inches, Bluegrass 0.11 inches and East 0.03 inches, which was 0.5, 0.74, 0.64 and 0.77 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 2.05 inches at CADIZ 4SW. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 24, 2015 25-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.02 inches, 0.17 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 73 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.5 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping and cutting tobacco. Disease and insect pressure continues for field crops. Some locations are in need of rain as crops are showing signs of lack of moisture. Early planted corn is beginning to dry down in some areas. There is some concern over the possibility of weak corn stalks this fall due to growing conditions this year. Pasture conditions remain in mostly good to excellent condition. Producers are getting equipment ready for the upcoming harvest. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 17, 2015 to August 23, 2015 Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: Behind a rather active first half of the work week, much of the Bluegrass State saw near to above normal rainfall this past period. Most of the activity was seen on Wednesday, ahead of a cold front passing through the Ohio Valley. Multiple rounds were seen throughout the day with rainfall coverage increasing to widespread at times. Precipitation came to an end on Thursday with surface high pressure working into Kentucky. A noticeable change came to end the work week with unseasonably low humidity in place and temperatures only rising into the 70s. Dry conditions held on through Saturday, before the Bluegrass and Eastern Kentucky saw isolated to scattered coverage on Sunday. Temperatures for the period averaged 73 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 82 in the West to 82 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 64 degrees in the West to 65 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 91 degrees at BOWLING GREEN 4E and the extreme low was 52 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.02 inches statewide which was 0.17 inches above normal and 120% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.19 inches, Central 0.80 inches, Bluegrass 0.85 inches and East 1.25 inches, which was 0.42, -0.06, -0.01 and 0.33 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at PEABODY to a high of 2.56 inches at SHEPHERDSVILLE 6SE. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 17, 2015 24-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.43 inches, 0.44 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 74 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 7 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.1 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping and cutting tobacco and spraying late soybeans for disease and insect control. Some previously flooded fields were finally dry enough to allow for soybean replanting to occur. Crops are experiencing disease and insect pressure, especially in fields that were unable to be treated due to wet conditions. While some tobacco fields are recovering from the wet conditions earlier in the season, overall conditions still reflect signs of stress. Forty-nine percent of tobacco is rated as good to excellent compared to fifty-four percent last week and sixty-nine percent last year. Pasture conditions are holding up well due to the moisture that has been received this year, but growth is beginning to slow due to recent drier weather. Livestock are reportedly in good shape and have benefitted from good pasture conditions. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 10, 2015 to August 16, 2015 Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: This past period was mostly dry for much of the Bluegrass State. After a round of scattered showers and storms ahead of a cold front on Monday, high pressure of Canadian origin filtered into the Lower Ohio Valley by mid-week. This feature brought unseasonably cool temperatures and low humidity to the area with highs on Wednesday and Thursday only rising into the upper 70s to mid 80s. These readings would be more typical of mid-September and led the state to a second straight week of slightly below normal temperatures. Showers and storms returned over the weekend, but remained isolated to widely scattered in coverage. Overall, the state was nearly a half inch below normal for the period. Temperatures for the period averaged 74 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 85 in the West to 84 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 65 degrees in the West to 64 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the extreme low was 54 degrees at MCKEE 5S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.43 inches statewide which was 0.44 inches below normal and 50% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.45 inches, Central 0.51 inches, Bluegrass 0.34 inches and East 0.44 inches, which was 0.35, 0.34, 0.53 and 0.51 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ELKTON 5SW to a high of 2.03 inches at BOWLING GREEN 5S. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 10, 2015 23-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.21 inches, 0.27 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 75 degrees for the week, 1 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 19 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.6 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping tobacco and spraying late soybeans for disease and insect control. Tobacco harvest is underway across the state. Excess rainfall has reportedly drowned out some tobacco acreage in low lying areas. Diseases such as target spot and black shank have also taken a toll on some producers as well. Many fields of double crop soybeans are behind normal progress, but single crop beans appear to be at or ahead of normal. Timing of when crops were planted will have an impact on yields as earlier planted crops were impacted less by the abundance of rainfall in late June and July. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 3, 2015 to August 9, 2015 Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: Record July rainfall for the state of Kentucky was followed by an active start to the month of August. The Bluegrass State saw numerous rounds of rainfall through the work week with the most notable coming over the second half. Low pressure slowly made way across the Lower Ohio Valley, leading to repeated waves of precipitation and the threat of more flash flooding. This activity lasted through Thursday night, before dry conditions won out for the weekend. After starting the period with above normal temperatures in place, cloud cover and rainfall brought cooler conditions back to the area. Highs Thursday and Friday only averaged in the mid 70s to low 80s, much below normal for this time of the year. Looking back at July, Kentucky averaged 8.99 inches for the month, which ranks first on the 121 year record going back until 1895. Temperatures for the period averaged 75 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 84 in the West to 84 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 68 degrees in the West to 65 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 96 degrees at BOWLING GREEN 4E and the extreme low was 57 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.21 inches statewide which was 0.27 inches above normal and 129% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.19 inches, Central 0.94 inches, Bluegrass 1.36 inches and East 1.36 inches, which was 0.29, 0.03, 0.45 and 0.34 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at PEABODY to a high of 4.31 inches at OWINGSVILLE 4S. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 3, 2015 22-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.77 inches, 0.20 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 78 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 24 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.4 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay, topping tobacco and spraying herbicides on late soybeans. Rivers have receded with crop losses varied in low lying areas. Some bottom land acreage experienced total losses due to standing water. Some farmers still plan on replanting double crop soybeans if weather remains dry. There were reports of disease pressure due to wet weather and humid temperatures. Excessive moisture has reportedly impacted some of the tobacco crop. The affected acreage may recover if weather improves, but there is concern that yields and quality could be impacted. Hay supplies should be adequate this year for most farmers, but quality could be lacking due to the impact rains had on the timing of cutting hay as well as getting wet before it could be baled. Some producers were unable to finish first cutting until late July, therefore will not get a second cutting this year. Hay and roughage supplies were reported as 2 percent very short, 16 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 27, 2015 to August 2, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: In typical Ohio Valley fashion, Kentucky saw an abrupt change to the weather pattern halfway through this past period. The first half of the work week brought hot and humid conditions, in addition to multiple opportunities for rainfall. Disturbances passed through the state along the periphery of an upper level ridge of high pressure. Storms were capable of torrential rainfall at times as Kentucky was situated within a very moist air mass. The Bluegrass Region and Western Kentucky saw the brunt of the rainfall and actually saw above normal rainfall for the week. Eastern Kentucky missed out on much of the activity and was about three quarters of inch below normal. During this time, highs were peaking in the upper 80s to mid 90s with very muggy conditions in place. Luckily, a cold front passing through the area on Wednesday brought a much different air mass to the region for the second half of the week. Dewpoints dropped to much more comfortable levels, along with temperatures returning to near seasonable norms for the start of August. In addition, surface high pressure kept the area dry. Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 90 in the West to 87 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the West to 66 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 97 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 55 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.77 inches statewide which was 0.2 inches below normal and 79% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.03 inches, Central 0.60 inches, Bluegrass 1.19 inches and East 0.27 inches, which was 0.10, -0.36, 0.23 and -0.76 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at HARTFORD 3E to a high of 3.30 inches at CADIZ 4SW. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 27, 2015 21-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky finally experienced a break from heavy rainfalls over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.71 inches, 0.25 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 77 degrees for the week, unchanged from normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 65 percent adequate and 32 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 23 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.7 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting hay and topping tobacco where conditions allowed. In most areas of Kentucky farmers were finally able to get back in the field. Crops in areas near the Ohio River continue to remain under water, however. Soybean and tobacco crops have been completely destroyed in a few areas. Some farmers plan on replanting double cropped soybeans up into the beginning of August. Tobacco condition increased slightly with sixty percent rated as good to excellent compared to fifty-eight percent last week. However, target spot and black shank are moving into some tobacco fields. Hay conditions have decreased since last month with sixty- four percent rated as good to excellent compared to seventy-two percent at the end of June. Pasture conditions remain in mostly good to excellent condition. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 20, 2015 to July 26, 2015 Near Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The Commonwealth saw another couple rounds of rainfall this past week, but overall, much of the state finally got a break from weeks of much above normal precipitation. The state average for the period was 0.71 inches, which was a quarter inch below normal for the week. This broke a five week span of above normal precipitation that extended back into mid-June. Looking at temperatures, it was an up and down pattern through the week. After starting the period on the hot and humid side, a cold front brought a much welcomed break. High temperatures dipped slightly below seasonable norms by Wednesday, but the break was short lived. High pressure at the surface and aloft pushed into the region for the weekend, bumping temperatures back into the middle 80s to low 90s for most. During this time, evapotranspiration estimates across the state were around 0.2 inches of water loss each day. The end of July is normally the warmest time of the year for Kentucky with highs averaging in the middle 80s to around 90. Temperatures for the period averaged 77 degrees across the state which was near normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 86 in the West to 85 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 71 degrees in the West to 67 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 93 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 57 degrees at MOREHEAD 4NE. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.71 inches statewide which was 0.25 inches below normal and 74% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.55 inches, Central 0.35 inches, Bluegrass 0.37 inches and East 0.56 inches, which was 0.65, -0.62, -0.58 and -0.44 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CARROLLTON 2E to a high of 4.81 inches at MURRAY 1W. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 20, 2015 20-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.78 inches, 0.78 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 79 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 41 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 30 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.9 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included spraying crops for weeds, cutting hay and topping tobacco where conditions allowed. Field activities continue to be interrupted by rain. Rivers continue to rise and many low lying areas remain under water, affecting corn, soybeans, and sorghum acreage. Corn rust and other diseases are starting to appear. Early planted crops are withstanding the rainfall better than the later crops. Weed pressure in crops remain a concern as many farmers have not been able to get into fields to spray or plow. Corn, soybeans, and tobacco fields with standing water are yellowing and showing signs of stress. Tobacco condition is declining due to excess water, wind damage and disease pressure, with fifty-eight percent rated as good to excellent, compared to sixty-seven percent last week. Pasture conditions remain in mostly good to excellent condition and have benefitted from the continued rainfall. High temperatures and humidity over the weekend pushed the livestock heat stress into the emergency category. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 13, 2015 to July 19, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Depending on location, this past week either brought another round of flooding or dangerously hot and humid conditions. Starting off, the early work week saw numerous rounds of storms pass through mainly the eastern half of the state, which gave way to even more flash flooding. Over the course of the period, the Bluegrass and Eastern Kentucky each saw an average of around two inches. Looking at data from the start of July, these two regions are now over 4 inches above normal for the month. In addition to the rainfall, storms merged into a couple of lines on Monday and Tuesday, leading to widespread damaging winds. While the eastern half of the state saw a very active pattern, Western Kentucky remained more under the influence of an upper level ridge of high pressure. This kept the area dry with little to no rainfall. The influence of this ridge was felt more-so on Friday and into the weekend. While the entire state saw a rise in heat and humidity, it was most noticeable across the western half of the state. Highs rose into the mid 90s and with high dewpoints, the heat index was near 110 at times. This pushed the livestock heat stress index into the emergency category for much of the weekend. Temperatures for the period averaged 79 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 90 in the West to 86 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 75 degrees in the West to 67 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 7 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 60 degrees at ALEXANDRIA 5NW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.78 inches statewide which was 0.78 inches above normal and 178% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.11 inches, Central 1.04 inches, Bluegrass 3.04 inches and East 2.91 inches, which was -0.86, 0.02, 2.07 and 1.88 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BENTON 4N to a high of 6.48 inches at LA GRANGE 6NW. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 13, 2015 19-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and well above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.45 inches, 1.63 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, which was near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 43 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 30 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 2.0 out of a possible seven. Field activities were once again hampered due to rains throughout the week. The ground is saturated in many areas and some planted crops have been destroyed as fields are under water. Early planted crops look good, but later crops are showing effects of too much water, especially in low lying areas. Some soybeans may not get planted due to wet conditions. Weed pressure in soybeans is a concern as farmers cannot get in fields to spray. Corn and tobacco fields with standing water are yellowing and some root rot has been reported in tobacco. Hay, both alfalfa and other types, are in need of harvesting, but wet conditions continue to prevent any progress. Hay quality continues to deteriorate due to over maturity and getting wet after being cut. Vegetable growers have also been negatively impacted by the heavy rains due to standing water and disease. Pasture conditions have benefitted from all the moisture and grasses have really greened up and showed good growth. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 6, 2015 to July 12, 2015 Near Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall: The Commonwealth cannot catch a break. Headlines did not change much this past week as showers and storms continued to push through the Lower Ohio Valley. A combination of frontal boundaries and disturbances aloft led to a very active period with precipitation on a near daily basis. Over the course of the week, the state averaged nearly two and a half inches of rainfall, which resulted in some flash flooding across the Commonwealth. Looking back, three of the past four weeks have averaged over two inches of rainfall. Temperatures for the period averaged 76 degrees across the state which was near normal and 3 degrees warmer than the previous period. Temperatures averaged from 78 in the West to 75 in the East. Departure from normal average temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 93 degrees at BOWLING GREEN and the extreme low was 60 degrees at COVINGTON. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.45 inches statewide which was 1.63 inches above normal and 298% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 3.41 inches, Central 2.71 inches, Bluegrass 1.76 inches and East 1.99 inches, which was 2.71, 1.93, 0.83 and 1.12 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.06 inches at Cumberland Gap to a high of 5.57 inches at PADUCAH. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 6, 2015 18-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and much above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.82 inches, 1.83 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 73 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 65 percent adequate and 31 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 2.8 out of a possible seven. Field activities were hampered due to rains throughout the week. Continued rainfall is delaying second cutting of alfalfa in many areas, resulting in deteriorating quality. Heavy rains caused some flooding last week resulting in reports of damage to tobacco, corn and soybeans in low lying areas. The average height of emerged soybeans was 14 inches, compared to 9 inches last week and 16 inches last year at this time. Cooler temperatures were welcomed by livestock. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 29, 2015 to July 5, 2015 Below Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall: A very active pattern this past week led to a third straight period of above normal rainfall for the Bluegrass State. For much of the week, Kentucky was situated within a northwest flow aloft, allowing for multiple disturbances to interact with a stalled frontal boundary at the surface. Showers and storms were sparked on a daily basis, becoming widespread at times. The Commonwealth remained rooted in a very moist air mass, which led to efficient rainfall producing storms. By the second half of the work week, grounds were saturated and combined with heavy downpours at times, flash flooding was a possibility. Overall, the state averaged nearly three inches for the week, which was over an inch and a half above normal. The US Drought Monitor has now entirely removed Moderate Drought across the state, with only a slight percentage of abnormally dry conditions remaining. Cloud cover and the active pattern kept temperatures down for the week, breaking a three week span of above normal temperatures. Temperatures for the period averaged 73 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 83 in the West to 79 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 68 degrees in the West to 64 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 51 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.82 inches statewide which was 1.83 inches above normal and 285% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.34 inches, Central 3.44 inches, Bluegrass 2.68 inches and East 2.83 inches, which was 1.35, 2.46, 1.71 and 1.81 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at MONTICELLO AWOS to a high of 7.25 inches at SCOTTSVILLE 2W. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 29, 2015 17-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.25 inches, 0.25 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.7 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting soybeans and tobacco, harvesting wheat, and baling hay. Some areas of the state are dry while others have received adequate rain from storms and spotty showers. Wheat harvest is in full swing and progressing well. Test weights, as well as yields, are reportedly very good. Later wheat has higher incidence of head scab in some areas. Double crop soybeans are being planted as wheat is harvested. Early soybeans are now starting to bloom. Soybean average height was 9 inches, same as last year. Palmer amaranth being reported in some fields. The average height of tobacco in the field was 17 inches, compared to 12 inches last week and 18 inches last year at this time. Very warm and humid conditions, especially early in the week, resulted in continued heat stress for livestock. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 22, 2015 to June 28, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Multiple disturbances and frontal boundaries passed through the Bluegrass State this past week, leading to a second straight period of above normal rainfall. In doing so, the US Drought Monitor diminished the coverage of Moderate Drought across the area, down to 11%. The most widespread rainfall came later in the day on Friday and lasting into Saturday as the Commonwealth remained within a moist and unstable air mass. Overall, the state averaged 1.25 inches. Looking at temperatures, it was quite the difference between start to end. Much of the work week saw highs peak in the middle 80s to low 90s across the Lower Ohio Valley. High humidity made it feel more like 100 at times. This helped push the livestock stock heat stress index into the emergency category for the first time this year. Behind the passage of a cold front on Saturday, temperatures took a downward turn. Highs stayed in the middle 70s to low 80s Saturday and Sunday, along with much less humidity. Temperatures for the period averaged 76 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 87 in the West to 84 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the West to 66 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 96 degrees at BOWLING GREEN 4E and the extreme low was 52 degrees at CAMPBELLSVILLE 7W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.25 inches statewide which was 0.25 inches above normal and 125% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.62 inches, Central 1.61 inches, Bluegrass 1.27 inches and East 1.52 inches, which was -0.38, 0.62, 0.28 and 0.49 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at HICKMAN 2E to a high of 2.89 inches at JACKSON. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 22, 2015 16-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.36 inches, 1.35 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 79 degrees for the week, 6 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 13 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.7 out of a possible seven. Some areas have received adequate rainfall, while many others remain dry. Primary activities this week included planting soybeans and tobacco, harvesting wheat, and baling hay. Activities were hampered late in the week due to rain. The average height of emerged corn was 34 inches, compared to 23 inches last week, with eighty percent rated as good to excellent. The early wheat harvest is going well. Test weights, as well as yields, are reportedly very good. The average height of tobacco in the field was 12 inches, compared to 9 inches last week. Very warm and humid conditions are causing stress for livestock. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 15, 2015 to June 21, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Leading up to this period, dry conditions were becoming more and more evident across the state. In fact, the US Drought Monitor introduced Moderate Drought to just over 34% of the state with last week's update. With lack a rainfall a concern, activity increased dramatically this past period as the state saw a combination of frontal boundaries, disturbances aloft, and even a remnant tropical system pass through the area. Throughout the work week, the state was positioned within a very moist and unstable air mass. Scattered to numerous showers and storms fired on a near daily basis with heavy rainfall, cloud to ground lightning, and gusty winds as the main concerns. Coverage increased Friday and Saturday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill took an eastward track through the Lower Ohio Valley. Once again, a moist air mass allowed for torrential rainfall at times. Over the course of the period, the state averaged over two inches, breaking a four week streak of below normal rainfall. Looking at temperatures, it was yet another hot and humid week. Temperatures typically peaked in the mid 80s to low 90s about each day. Combined with lows only dropping down to around 70, the Commonwealth saw a second straight week of above normal temperatures. Temperatures for the period averaged 79 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 86 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 72 degrees in the West to 69 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW and the extreme low was 64 degrees at JACKSON 3SE. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.36 inches statewide which was 1.35 inches above normal and 235% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.41 inches, Central 2.03 inches, Bluegrass 3.14 inches and East 1.85 inches, which was 1.42, 1.03, 2.13 and 0.83 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.41 inches at BOWLING GREEN APT to a high of 7.00 inches at MORGANFIELD 4E. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 15, 2015 15-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.69 inches, 0.35 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 77 degrees for the week, 5 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 18 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 16 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.8 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting soybeans and tobacco. Producers continued side dressing corn and spraying post herbicide applications. Planting progress was hampered early in the week in some areas due to showers, but other locations remain dry and need rain. Soil compaction due to planting corn in wet field conditions is a concern for some producers. The average height of emerged corn was 23 inches, compared to 14 inches last week, with seventy-nine percent rated as good to excellent. Most full season soybeans are planted and double crop plantings will begin as soon as winter wheat is harvested. Winter wheat grain harvest is expected to begin in earnest within the next 1-2 weeks, depending on location. First cutting hay still being made, while some farmers were harvesting their second cutting of alfalfa. The average height of tobacco in the field was 9 inches, compared to 4 inches last week. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 8, 2015 to June 14, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The Bluegrass State got an early taste of summer this past week as heat and humidity were both on the rise. An upper level ridge of high pressure began to build into the region over the second half of the work week and remained through the weekend. Highs pushed into the mid 80s to low 90s on a daily basis. By the weekend, dewpoints were in the upper 60s to low 70s, making for a very humid air mass. The combination of high heat and humidity pushed the livestock heat stress index into the danger category each afternoon and early evening. In addition, other than a couple waves of rainfall on Monday, the ridge kept precipitation limited. Coverage remained isolated to scattered each day, leading to a fourth straight week of below normal rainfall. Going a step further, the state has seen below average precipitation seven of the past eight weeks. Temperatures for the period averaged 77 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees warmer than normal and 10 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 86 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the West to 65 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 7 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low was 56 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.69 inches statewide which was 0.35 inches below normal and 67% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.79 inches, Central 0.72 inches, Bluegrass 0.51 inches and East 0.72 inches, which was 0.19, 0.33, 0.55 and 0.34 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.05 inches at HICKMAN 2E to a high of 2.15 inches at HARRODSBURG 3N. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 8, 2015 14-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.44 inches, 0.65 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 68 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 13 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.8 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting corn, soybeans and tobacco. Some re- planting occurred in locations that have received excess rainfall the past few weeks that resulted in drowning out or poor stands. The average height of emerged corn was 14 inches, compared to 11 inches last week, with eighty percent rated as good to excellent. Wheat producers were gearing up for the grain harvest which will begin in the near future. Hay continued to be harvested on farms that had not been able to complete their first cutting. The average height of tobacco in the field was 4 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 1, 2015 to June 7, 2015 Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: June 1st signaled the first day of meteorological summer. The period got underway with unseasonably cool conditions in place, but summer heat and humidity made a return by the weekend. An upper level low slowly working across the area kept a consistent cloud deck over much of the area for the first half of the work week. This had quite the impact on high temperatures, especially on Monday and Tuesday, when much of the Bluegrass State stayed in the upper 50s to middle 60s. High pressure worked back into the region by Thursday, clearing skies and bringing back temperatures closer to normal, in the low to mid 80s. Conditions remained dry over the weekend with heat and humidity on the rise. Southwesterly flow bumped temperatures into the upper 80s to low 90s on Sunday, bringing the feel that summer had arrived. Other than some widespread showers on Monday, the remainder of the week remained mostly dry. On average, the state was over a half inch below normal for the period. Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 78 in the West to 78 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 60 degrees in the West to 59 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W and the extreme low was 50 degrees at GREENVILLE 6N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.44 inches statewide which was 0.65 inches below normal and 40% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.34 inches, Central 0.41 inches, Bluegrass 0.45 inches and East 0.56 inches, which was 0.72, 0.7, 0.64 and 0.54 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 1.42 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 1, 2015 13-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.06 inches, 0.05 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 72 degrees for the week, 4 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 10 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.6 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting corn, soybeans and tobacco, side dressing crops with fertilizer, along with cutting and baling hay as weather allowed. Planting progress was hampered in some areas due to wet conditions, but other locations remain dry and in need of rain. Recent rain and wind caused wheat to lodge in certain areas, especially where growth regulators were not used. The average height of emerged corn was 11 inches, compared to 6 inches last week, with eighty-one percent rated as good to excellent. There are reports of corn yellowing, uneven stands and replanting due to weather issues. Hay and roughage supplies were reported as 2 percent very short, 13 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 25, 2015 to May 31, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The last week of May brought the chance of showers and storms on a daily basis. Throughout much of the period, the Commonwealth laid within a moist and unstable air mass. While coverage was often scattered each day, most saw rainfall at some point. The majority of the week saw storms remain below severe limits, but with dewpoints in the 60s, any storms that did develop were efficient rainfall producers. Even though it was a rather active week, the state saw slightly below normal rainfall overall. Five of the past six weeks have now seen below normal rainfall. Temperatures remained elevated through most of the week with highs typically in the low to mid 80s and lows only dropping into the 60s. Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 79 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 65 degrees in the West to 64 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 88 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W and the extreme low was 52 degrees at JACKSON 3SE. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.06 inches statewide which was 0.05 inches below normal and 95% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.29 inches, Central 1.24 inches, Bluegrass 1.01 inches and East 0.72 inches, which was 0.19, 0.08, -0.07 and -0.40 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.20 inches at TRIANGLE MOUNTAIN to a high of 2.34 inches at ELKTON 5SW. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 26, 2015 12-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.34 inches, 0.78 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 64 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 18 percent short, 68 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.7 out of a possible seven. Dry conditions continued in many locations. However, planting was on hold in some areas due to rains. Primary activities this week included planting corn, soybeans and tobacco, spraying herbicides as well as cutting and baling hay. Recent winds and rain has caused wheat to lodge in certain areas. There were some reports of germination issues where corn was planted in dry areas a couple of weeks ago. The average height of emerged corn was 6 inches, with eighty-five percent rated as good to excellent. Producers are scouting for army worms. Some locations are very dry and in need of rainfall. Dry pasture conditions in these areas are resulting in hay being fed to cattle. Recent heavy rains in some areas were detrimental to strawberries that were mature. Overall, strawberries were rated in mostly good condition. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 18, 2015 to May 24, 2015 Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: The dry month of May continued this past week with below normal rainfall in place. Following the second wettest April on record, month to date rainfall for May is now almost 2 inches below normal. Over the course of this past period, the state averaged 0.34 inches with most of it coming on Monday as a couple disturbances pushed through the Lower Ohio Valley. A cold front passed through the area later that night. This set the stage for a rather cool work week. Behind another weak disturbance, many locations did not see highs get out of the 50s on Thursday. This was around 20 degrees below normal for this time of the year. Later that night, some saw the mercury dip into the 30s. Overall, temperatures were on average 2 degrees below normal for the period, breaking a two week streak of above normal temperatures. Temperatures for the period averaged 64 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 73 in the West to 75 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 55 degrees in the West to 53 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 86 degrees at CALHOUN 5NW and the extreme low was 36 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.34 inches statewide which was 0.78 inches below normal and 30% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.66 inches, Central 0.23 inches, Bluegrass 0.08 inches and East 0.41 inches, which was 0.45, 0.94, 1 and 0.72 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW to a high of 1.80 inches at YELLOW CREEK. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 18, 2015 11-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.25 inches, 0.12 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 68 degrees for the week, 4 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 18 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.0 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting corn, soybeans and tobacco along with cutting and baling hay. Planting progressed at a rapid pace, at least until the later part of the week. Rains over the weekend caused some lodging in wheat, but eighty percent is still rated as good to excellent. Producers continued harvesting wheat intended for hay or silage. Some locations are very dry and in need of additional moisture. Dry pasture conditions in these areas are resulting in hay being fed to cattle. Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 87 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Fifteen percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 38 percent between 2-4 inches, and 47 percent over 4 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 11, 2015 to May 17, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: The Commonwealth got some much needed rainfall this past period after the first couple weeks of May brought extremely dry conditions. Throughout the period, Kentucky saw several rounds of showers and storms. The first came on Monday as storms fired that afternoon and evening within a moist and unstable air mass. The National Weather Service did report some isolated events of damaging winds. Following a cold front that night, noticeably drier and cooler air filtered into the Ohio Valley for the next few days. Activity then once again picked up over the weekend. The most widespread coverage was seen on Saturday. Just between Friday and Sunday, Western Kentucky averaged 1.79 inches of rainfall. Totals diminished farther east with Eastern Kentucky only averaging a little over a half inch through the three day period. Over the entirety of the week, the state was slightly above normal, breaking a streak of three straight weeks with below normal rainfall. Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 77 in the West to 79 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 59 degrees in the West to 58 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 89 degrees at JACKSON and the extreme low was 41 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.25 inches statewide which was 0.12 inches above normal and 111% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.06 inches, Central 1.37 inches, Bluegrass 0.81 inches and East 0.75 inches, which was 0.88, 0.19, -0.25 and -0.33 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.08 inches at STANFORD 4NE to a high of 4.36 inches at FORT CAMPBELL. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 11, 2015 10-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced well above normal temperatures and much below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.14 inches, 0.95 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 71 degrees for the week, 9 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 16 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.5 out of a possible seven. Weather conditions allowed farmers to make excellent progress this past week in planting crops. Primary activities this week included planting corn, soybeans and tobacco. Producers were also busy harvesting wheat intended for hay or silage. Grain producers were spraying wheat with fungicides. Farmers were also active cutting and baling hay as conditions were excellent for drying. Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 87 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Twenty-three percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 41 percent between 2-4 inches, and 36 percent over 4 inches. Many locations could use some rain now as topsoil has dried out rapidly. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 4, 2015 to May 10, 2015 Well Above Normal Temperatures and Much Below Normal Rainfall: Dry conditions continued to lay claim across the Lower Ohio Valley this past period. Throughout the work week, the state remained under the influence of high pressure at the surface and aloft. Other than a stray shower or storm in the afternoon or evening hours, most remained dry. Coverage slightly increased Friday and into the weekend across Western Kentucky, but did not make much progress eastward. For a second straight week, the Commonwealth was nearly an inch below normal. The month of May is climatologically speaking, the wettest month of the year for Kentucky. In addition, temperatures were more typical of summer throughout the period. Each day saw highs jump into the 80s. A handful of locations even hit the 90 degree mark for the first time this year. On average, high temperatures came in at an average of 84 degrees for the Bluegrass State, which is 10 degrees above normal for this time of the year. Temperatures for the period averaged 71 degrees across the state which was 9 degrees warmer than normal and 14 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 84 in the West to 85 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 9 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 11 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 60 degrees in the West to 57 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 11 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 44 degrees at JACKSON 3SE. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.14 inches statewide which was 0.95 inches below normal and 13% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.37 inches, Central 0.07 inches, Bluegrass 0.03 inches and East 0.07 inches, which was 0.8, 1.08, 0.98 and 0.97 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 2.50 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 4, 2015 9-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.10 inches, 0.97 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 56 degrees for the week, 4 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 29 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 29 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included spraying and preparing land for planting, planting corn, and cutting alfalfa hay. Corn planting was in full swing in many areas last week. With drier conditions forecasted, excellent progress is expected this week as more land dries out. Soybean planting is just getting underway. The average height of winter wheat was 22 inches, compared to 17 inches last week. Seventy-eight percent of wheat is rated as good to excellent. Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 87 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Forty-two percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 38 percent between 2-4 inches, and 20 percent over 4 inches. Alfalfa Hay average height was 14 inches, compared to 9 inches last week. Some producers cut hay this past week with good drying weather forecasted. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 27, 2015 to May 3, 2015 Below Normal Temperatures and Much Below Normal Rainfall: After a very wet April, the Commonwealth finally got a chance to dry out this past period with well below normal rainfall in place. In fact, the state averaged just a tenth of an inch. According to data at the Ag Weather Center, this was the third driest week of 2015 for the Bluegrass State. The only significant chance of rainfall came on Thursday when scattered to numerous showers and a few thunderstorms broke out across the eastern half of the state. Otherwise, the majority of the week was mostly dry with high pressure in the vicinity. Accompanying the dry pattern was cool conditions over the course of the work week. A warming trend setup over the weekend, but it was not enough to keep the state from a second straight week of below normal temperatures. Temperatures for the period averaged 56 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 70 in the West to 68 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 44 degrees in the West to 41 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 82 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low was 31 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.10 inches statewide which was 0.97 inches below normal and 9% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.01 inches, Central 0.09 inches, Bluegrass 0.13 inches and East 0.18 inches, which was 1.2, 1, 0.85 and 0.82 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BENTON 4N to a high of 0.67 inches at WHITESBURG 2NW. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 27, 2015 8-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.88 inches, 0.14 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 54 degrees for the week, 4 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 47 percent adequate and 53 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 2.0 out of a possible seven. Wet conditions continued to prevent most field activities last week. Corn planting was reported in some areas where conditions allowed. The state is in need of sunshine and dry conditions, which this week’s forecast should deliver, bringing optimism that corn planting will show significant progress. Seventy-nine percent of wheat is rated as good to excellent. Winter wheat began heading in some locations last week. The average height of winter wheat was 17 inches, compared to 13 inches last week. Tobacco transplants in the greenhouse are in need of warm, sunny weather. Fifty-four percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 34 percent between 2-4 inches, and 12 percent over 4 inches. Alfalfa Hay average height was 9 inches, compared to 7 inches last week. Hay and roughage supplies were reported as 5 percent very short, 23 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. The peach crop is expected to be minimal this year due to the poor bloom caused by cold conditions earlier this year. While apples were affected by weather conditions as well, the impact is reportedly less severe. Apple freeze damage was reported as 2 percent severe, 14 percent moderate, 37 percent light, with 47 percent experiencing none. Peach freeze damage was reported as 30 percent severe, 21 percent moderate, 18 percent light, with 31 percent experiencing none. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 20, 2015 to April 26, 2015 Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: The Commonwealth cannot catch much of a break this spring season. For the first time since the last week of March, Kentucky saw below normal rainfall. With that in mind, the state did see subfreezing temperatures later in the work week and a round of severe weather on Saturday. The work week started out with a couple cold fronts passing through the area on Monday and Wednesday. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms developed with each round, but didn’t amount to much in the way of accumulations. The bigger story was the very cool temperatures that filtered into the area Wednesday and Thursday nights, bringing with it the threat of frost and subfreezing temperatures. Temperatures fell into the low to mid 30s Wednesday night for some locations, but was outdone Thursday night as high pressure shifted overhead. Clearing skies and a calm wind led to many locations across the eastern half of the state dropping into the upper 20s to low 30s. This was roughly 20 degrees below normal for late April. Attention then turned to severe weather as a warm front hung up across the Commonwealth on Saturday. Storms fired later in the evening within a warm and unstable air mass. Some storms produced very large hail (multiple reports at 2 inches +), damaging winds, and a few tornadoes were also surveyed: EF2 in Edmonson County, EF1 in Adair, and EF0 in Henderson. Through the event, the state averaged just under a half inch. Temperatures for the period averaged 54 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 66 in the West to 64 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 47 degrees in the West to 43 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 83 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 26 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.88 inches statewide which was 0.14 inches below normal and 86% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.75 inches, Central 0.83 inches, Bluegrass 0.95 inches and East 1.00 inches, which was -0.44, -0.20, 0.01 and 0.06 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.31 inches at CARBONDALE ASOS to a high of 1.73 inches at WHITESBURG 2NW. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 20, 2015 7-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced much above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.69 inches, 1.70 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 64 degrees for the week, 8 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 36 percent adequate and 64 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 49 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 1.3 out of a possible seven. Wet conditions continued as most ground is saturated and many low lying areas are under water. The state is in need of sunshine and dry conditions as field work was limited this week. Primary activities this week included preparing farm equipment for planting, seeding pastures, and seeding tobacco transplants. Farmers are anxious to plant corn as soon as field conditions permit. Many locations are now 2-3 weeks behind schedule and considering switching some acres to soybeans or sorghum. Canola has bloomed and the crop continues to look good. Wheat is still rated in mostly good condition. However, some wheat is showing signs of too much water, especially in low lying areas. Wheat will soon begin to head. Producers will be on the lookout for Fusarium Head Blight which thrives in wet and warm weather. The average height of winter wheat was 13 inches, compared to 7 inches last week. Cloudy days have slowed the development of tobacco transplants in the greenhouse. Sixty-one percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 32 percent between 2-4 inches, and 7 percent over 4 inches. Lush pastures have reduced the need for hay, but livestock producers are supplementing high magnesium mineral to reduce risk of grass tetany. Rainy conditions have promoted good alfalfa hay growth with the average height at 7 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 13, 2015 to April 19, 2015 Much Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: The rain kept on coming for the Bluegrass State this past period as many continued to inch toward a record breaking April. For the past week, the state averaged over two and a half inches, which made for the third straight week of above normal rainfall. Looking at data from the National Weather Service in Louisville, the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, and Frankfort are already in the top five for wettest April’s on record. Rainfall was consistent throughout the week with a near daily chance for showers and storms. The only downtime was Friday and Saturday as weak high pressure pushed into the area. Temperature-wise, it was once again another mild week for the Commonwealth, mainly due to cloud cover keeping temperatures elevated at night. Lows typically only dropped into the 50s each day. Normal low temperatures for this time of the year are in the mid to upper 40s. Temperatures for the period averaged 64 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 72 in the West to 72 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 57 degrees in the West to 55 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 11 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 15 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 85 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 43 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.69 inches statewide which was 1.7 inches above normal and 271% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.94 inches, Central 3.57 inches, Bluegrass 1.87 inches and East 2.40 inches, which was 1.82, 2.57, 0.96 and 1.46 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.71 inches at CARROLLTON 2E to a high of 5.09 inches at BOWLING GREEN 5S. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 13, 2015 6-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.61 inches, 0.60 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 63 degrees for the week, 9 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 43 percent adequate and 56 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 38 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 1.8 out of a possible seven. Wet conditions continue to prevent most field work as corn planting is 2 weeks behind normal in many locations. Farmers are conducting soil tests to determine fertilizer applications, and applying when conditions allow. Producers are providing livestock access to high magnesium mineral to reduce risk of grass tetany. The peach crop is expected to be minimal this year due to the poor bloom caused by cold conditions. Most canola has bloomed and the crop looks good. Eighty-one percent of wheat is rated as good to excellent. The average height of winter wheat was 7 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 6, 2015 to April 12, 2015 Much Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: The wet pattern continued for a second straight period as rainfall was seen on a daily basis over this past work week. Multiple disturbances pushed through the Lower Ohio Valley and with plenty of moisture available, any storms that did develop were efficient rainfall producers. Flash flooding was once again a concern for some locations. Some rounds did produce a fair share of severe weather as the state was placed within an unstable air mass. A couple weak tornadoes were seen in Madison County on the 7th, while hail 2 inches in diameter fell on the 8th. The final round pushed through the area on Thursday night and into Friday morning with the passage of a cold front. Over the course of the period, the state average was a bit over an inch and a half. Drier air worked into the area on Friday with the Commonwealth getting a chance to dry out over the weekend with high pressure in place. Looking at temperatures, it was one of the warmest weeks of 2015 thus far. The average state temperature was 9 degrees above normal, mainly due to multiple days with highs in the 70s/80s and lows only dropping into the 50s/60s. Temperatures for the period averaged 63 degrees across the state which was 9 degrees warmer than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 74 in the West to 74 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 55 degrees in the West to 51 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 11 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 12 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S and the extreme low was 27 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.61 inches statewide which was 0.6 inches above normal and 160% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.10 inches, Central 1.65 inches, Bluegrass 1.85 inches and East 1.84 inches, which was -0.05, 0.62, 0.94 and 0.91 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.36 inches at PRINCETON 2SE to a high of 3.16 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 7, 2015 5-15 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced excessive rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.80 inches, 1.80 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 54 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 51 percent adequate and 48 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 30 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.6 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included preparing farm equipment for planting, applying fertilizer, and seeding tobacco transplants. Excessive rainfall kept farmers out of the fields and caused some flooding which resulted in crop and livestock losses. Wheat winter freeze damage was reported as 1 percent severe, 4 percent moderate, 15 percent light, with 80 percent experiencing none. Alfalfa hay freeze damage was reported as 2 percent severe, 12 percent moderate, 43 percent light, with 43 percent experiencing none. Cattle and calves obtained approximately 39 percent of feed from pastures, but some hay is being fed. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 30, 2015 to April 5, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall: A very active pattern set up across the Lower Ohio Valley for the beginning of April, leading to excessive rainfall for much of the state. In addition, after going much of the winter without any thunderstorms, an unstable atmosphere led to the first of the year for many locations. The main activity occurred over the second half of the work week as a frontal boundary stalled across the area. The state as a whole, averaged just under three inches for the week, but portions of the Bluegrass region received much more. Along the I-64 corridor, many locations received five to more than seven inches of rain over the two day period. Significant flooding was an issue across much of the state as multiple thunderstorms trained over the same region. Over the course of the week, rainfall was above normal by 1.8 inches, breaking a two week run of below normal precipitation. The weekend brought dry conditions, but with cooler temperatures in place. For the first time this year, frost advisories were issued for Saturday night. Temperatures for the period averaged 54 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 69 in the West to 67 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 44 degrees in the West to 41 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 81 degrees at HARTFORD 3E and the extreme low was 26 degrees at MCKEE 5S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.80 inches statewide which was 1.8 inches above normal and 279% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.97 inches, Central 2.48 inches, Bluegrass 4.28 inches and East 2.46 inches, which was 0.88, 1.43, 3.37 and 1.5 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.83 inches at WHITESBURG 2NW to a high of 7.21 inches at FRANKFORT 7S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 23, 2015 to March 29, 2015 Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: The Bluegrass State closed out the month of March with a second straight week of below normal precipitation. Most of the activity was centered on a cold front that worked through the area Wednesday night and into Thursday. Overall, totals averaged about a half inch for the state. Ahead of the boundary, temperatures peaked in the 70s across much of Kentucky, before falling well below seasonable norms on Friday and Saturday. Highs typically only rose into the 40s each day with lows falling into the 20s. Some locations even dipped into the upper teens. Dr. John Strang (UK Horticulture specialist) stated that temperatures in the 20s will not have much impact. Apples and pears were in the 'Silver Tip' and 'Swollen bud' stages, respectively. In order for 10% bud kill, a critical temperature of 15 degrees needed to be reached for each. John stated that some peaches may have reached the 'Swollen Bud' stage and in this case, 10 percent kill occurs with a critical temperature of 18 degrees. Temperatures for the period averaged 46 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 59 in the West to 60 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 36 degrees in the West to 34 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 79 degrees at GREENVILLE 6N and the extreme low was 14 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.47 inches statewide which was 0.57 inches below normal and 45% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.70 inches, Central 0.36 inches, Bluegrass 0.43 inches and East 0.40 inches, which was 0.41, 0.73, 0.5 and 0.61 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.07 inches at MIDDLESBORO AWOS to a high of 1.90 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 16, 2015 to March 22, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: The Commonwealth finally got a chance to dry out this past period, along with another week of above normal temperatures. The warmest day of 2015 occurred this past Monday with the mercury reaching into the 70s statewide. A cold front then pushed through the region on Tuesday, followed by Canadian high pressure building into the area that night. This frontal passage ended up being a mostly dry one, but with much cooler temperatures in place. Wednesday highs dropped back into the upper 40s to middle 50s. Similar temperatures remained with the area through Friday, before another warming trend over the weekend. Light showers fell on and off over the second half of the work week as a few disturbances crossed the area. Total accumulations were minimal with a state average of just under a quarter inch. Temperatures for the period averaged 50 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 60 in the West to 59 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 43 degrees in the West to 41 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 79 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 23 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.22 inches statewide which was 0.82 inches below normal and 21% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.13 inches, Central 0.23 inches, Bluegrass 0.21 inches and East 0.33 inches, which was 0.97, 0.87, 0.73 and 0.69 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at CARBONDALE ASOS to a high of 0.79 inches at WHITLEY CITY 3N. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 9, 2015 to March 15, 2015 Much Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: The Commonwealth finally got a first glimpse of spring temperatures this past period, but not without an excessive amount of rainfall. Throughout the week, the state saw a couple rounds of low pressure pass through the area, one over the first half of the work week and the other lasting from Thursday night into Saturday. Each round brought an average of 1 to 2 inches of rainfall for most. By the time the week was over, the state average was over 3 inches, which was over 2 inches above normal. This was the 3rd time over the past 4 weeks that the state average was over 2 inches. In doing so, the US Drought Monitor removed any mention of abnormally dry conditions across the Bluegrass State. Looking at temperatures, highs typically stayed in the 50s and 60s for much of the week. Some stations even broke 70 on the 12th and 15th. The mild conditions broke a streak of 4 straight weeks of below normal temperatures. Temperatures for the period averaged 52 degrees across the state which was 7 degrees warmer than normal and 18 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 61 in the West to 61 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 45 degrees in the West to 45 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 13 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 71 degrees at BOWLING GREEN 4E and the extreme low was 31 degrees at CARROLLTON 2E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 3.12 inches statewide which was 2.15 inches above normal and 321% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 3.50 inches, Central 3.32 inches, Bluegrass 3.67 inches and East 2.00 inches, which was 2.49, 2.3, 2.78 and 1.03 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 1.14 inches at MIDDLESBORO AWOS to a high of 5.38 inches at PADUCAH ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 2, 2015 to March 8, 2015 Well Below Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Precipitation: The pause from recording breaking winter weather was short lived as the Commonwealth was hit with another major winter storm this past period. The event started with warm air and excessive rainfall in place Tuesday and through the overnight. Highs on Tuesday reached the 50s. For many, this was the first time since February 9th that this threshold had been met. The combination of rainfall and melting snow led to flooding in some low lying areas and along creeks and rivers. Colder air started working into the area on Wednesday with the mercury on the decline. Precipitation transitioned to snow through the day from northwest to southeast. Moderate to heavy snow continued through the overnight for many locations, leading to record breaking snowfall totals. The heaviest occurred on a line that ran through Elizabethtown and Frankfort where totals ranged between 18 to 24 inches. Lexington saw 17.1 inches and was the heaviest 2 day snowfall total ever recorded. Arctic high pressure entered from the northwest by Thursday with another shot of very cold air in place. With the excessive amount of snow on the ground, record breaking temperatures were seen at numerous locations that night. Many went below zero, which was over 30 degrees colder than normal for that time of the year. The good news is that winds shifted to the southwest for the weekend, ushering temperatures back into the 40s and 50s. Temperatures for the period averaged 33 degrees across the state which was 11 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 43 in the West to 49 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 14 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 21 degrees in the West to 24 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 14 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 66 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL and the extreme low was -15 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.88 inches statewide which was 1.91 inches above normal and 296% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.94 inches, Central 3.05 inches, Bluegrass 2.71 inches and East 2.82 inches, which was 1.89, 2.03, 1.84 and 1.87 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.79 inches at CARBONDALE ASOS to a high of 3.99 inches at WHITLEY CITY 3N. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 23, 2015 to March 1, 2015 Well Below Normal Temperatures and Much Below Normal Precipitation: The Commonwealth closed out the month of February with another very cold week. In fact, this was the third straight week of well below normal temperatures as the Bluegrass State saw another couple rounds of Arctic air. Highs for this time of the year normally top out in the upper 40s to middle 50s with overnight lows in the low to mid 30s. Over the course of the period, the Arctic air kept highs hovering in the 20s to low 30s with lows dropping into the single digits to lower teens at times. After a recording break week of snowfall, precipitation this past period was quite scarce. Portions of South-Central and Southeastern Kentucky saw light snow accumulations Wednesday night as low pressure passed just south of the state. Most snowfall totals were below an inch. The northern periphery of the Kentucky then saw another period of light snow and a wintry mix Saturday night and into Sunday morning, but once again, accumulations were light. Over the course of the week, the majority of state saw around a tenth of an inch of liquid equivalent. Temperatures for the period averaged 26 degrees across the state which was 16 degrees cooler than normal and 10 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 32 in the West to 36 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 22 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 18 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 18 degrees in the West to 20 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 15 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 9 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 52 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS and the extreme low was -8 degrees at MAYSVILLE 3SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.13 inches statewide which was 0.86 inches below normal and 13% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.09 inches, Central 0.13 inches, Bluegrass 0.19 inches and East 0.12 inches, which was 1.01, 0.92, 0.67 and 0.81 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at LONDON to a high of 0.35 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 16, 2015 to February 22, 2015 Well Below Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Precipitation: It was an all-around, recording breaking week for the Lower Ohio Valley. The period started off with a major winter storm pushing through the area on Monday. Significant accumulations were seen across the entirety of the state with 8 to 12 inches common. Snowfall was moderate to heavy at times with rates in the vicinity of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Another cold front then dropped across the region Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, dropping another 1 to 2 inches. Following the snow, dangerously cold air built into the Ohio Valley. The coldest period was Wednesday night through Thursday night with the mercury pushing well below zero. Most fell between -5 and - 15 on Wednesday night, before only rising into the single digits on Thursday. Much of the Bluegrass and Eastern Kentucky then dropped to between -10 and -20 on Thursday night with Arctic high pressure shifting overhead. Some dropped even further. The state record for low temperatures was set back in January of 1994 with a reading of - 37 degrees. Richmond got close with a low temperature of -32 on Thursday night. Records were broken in Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, and Frankfort that spanned back over 100 years, into the late 1800s. The cold air was followed by yet another winter storm over the weekend. Temperatures were actually on the increase Friday night and into Saturday, opening the window for a wintry mix across the state. Ice was more common across the southern half of Kentucky with minor snow accumulations further north. Another issue was the amount of rainfall across the area. Much of the state saw 1 to 3 inches, with the highest totals across the southern half of the state. In addition to the melting snowpack, some flooding arose, especially in low lying areas. This was the first week that the Bluegrass State has seen in 2015 with above normal rainfall and it came at a good time as drought was expanding. Over the course of the period, the state was over 1.5 inches above normal. Looking at temperatures, the very cold Arctic air led Kentucky to a week in which highs and lows were 25 and 19 degrees below normal, respectively. Temperatures for the period averaged 17 degrees across the state which was 22 degrees cooler than normal and 12 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 27 in the West to 25 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 24 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 25 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 11 degrees in the West to 9 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 19 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 17 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 46 degrees at WHITESBURG 2NW and the extreme low was -32 degrees at RICHMOND 8E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.69 inches statewide which was 1.77 inches above normal and 292% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 3.11 inches, Central 3.06 inches, Bluegrass 1.83 inches and East 2.76 inches, which was 2.07, 2.07, 1.04 and 1.9 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 1.05 inches at CARBONDALE ASOS to a high of 4.46 inches at MURRAY 1W. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 9, 2015 to February 15, 2015 Much Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: Dry conditions persisted this past period and were accompanied by a return to winter- like temperatures. Focus centered around the passage of two strong cold fronts, one on Thursday and the other on Saturday. The region saw light snow accumulations with each event, along with gusty northwest winds. In particular, winds on Saturday gusted to over 40 mph for many locations. After the passage of this front, lows plummeted into the single digits by Sunday morning. Over the course of the week, precipitation was once again scarce, only amounting to under a tenth of an inch on average across the state. This made for the 7th straight week of below normal precipitation. For 2015, the state is on average, over 3 inches below normal. The US Drought Monitor now displays over half the state in Moderate Drought. Temperatures for the period averaged 29 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees cooler than normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 40 in the West to 36 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 8 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 12 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 22 degrees in the West to 21 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 59 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was -3 degrees at PIKEVILLE 13S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.04 inches statewide which was 0.86 inches below normal and 4% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.00 inches, Central 0.04 inches, Bluegrass 0.04 inches and East 0.10 inches, which was 1.01, 0.95, 0.74 and 0.74 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BENTON 4N to a high of 0.39 inches at WHITESBURG 2NW. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 2, 2015 to February 8, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: Thus far, conditions have been dry and fairly mild through the beginning of 2015. That trend did not change this past period. Overall, the Commonwealth averaged less than a quarter inch of precipitation. Much of the activity centered around the passing of a couple cold fronts through the work week, each producing just minor snow accumulations. This pushed the Bluegrass State to a sixth straight week of below normal rainfall. The US Drought Monitor expanded abnormally dry conditions to comprising nearly 80% of the state. The period ended with a very warm weekend with above normal temperatures in place. Most saw highs rise into the mid 50s to around 60. Temperatures for the period averaged 36 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 47 in the West to 49 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 26 degrees in the West to 25 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 66 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 4 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.20 inches statewide which was 0.67 inches below normal and 23% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.04 inches, Central 0.17 inches, Bluegrass 0.20 inches and East 0.38 inches, which was 0.91, 0.78, 0.56 and 0.45 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at HICKMAN 2E to a high of 0.84 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 26, 2015 to February 1, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: The Commonwealth saw a number of precipitation events this past week with the most significant coming on Sunday as low pressure passed just north of the state. Widespread light to moderate rainfall pushed through the area with rainfall totals generally between a half to one inch for most. Saying this, overall, it was another period in which precipitation was lacking. The state average was below normal for the fifth straight week. Looking farther back, 12 of the past 15 weeks have seen below normal precipitation. This has taken a toll across the state with the US Drought Monitor expanding the area of abnormally dry conditions to accounting for nearly 70% of the state. Moderate drought also expanded into Central Kentucky, which is nearly 3.5 inches below normal over the past 60 days. Temperatures for the period averaged 35 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 46 in the West to 42 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 32 degrees in the West to 25 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 7 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 62 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL and the extreme low was 8 degrees at BLACK MOUNTAIN ARC. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.73 inches statewide which was 0.07 inches below normal and 91% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.90 inches, Central 0.87 inches, Bluegrass 0.54 inches and East 0.61 inches, which was 0.05, 0.01, -0.16 and -0.18 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.28 inches at BOONEVILLE 2S to a high of 1.57 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 19, 2015 to January 25, 2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: Thus far, snowfall has been a rare occurrence this winter season for the Lower Ohio Valley. That notion came to an end on Friday night and Saturday morning. As low pressure passed just south and east of the state, a heavy snow band resulted in significant snowfall totals across Central Kentucky and up into the Bluegrass. One particular swath running through Elizabethtown and Lexington saw between 4 to 6 inches. The good news is that this event occurred between two relatively warm periods. The week started off with temperatures well above normal, reaching the 50s for most locations between Monday and Wednesday. The warm ground temperatures and mild temperatures over the weekend took a toll on the snowpack. Overall, while the state did see some significant snowfall, the liquid equivalent was just under a half inch for the week. This pushed the Bluegrass State to a fourth straight week of below normal precipitation. The US Drought Monitor remained relatively unchanged with a little over 10% of the state in Moderate Drought. Temperatures for the period averaged 38 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 50 in the West to 48 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 7 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 29 degrees in the West to 30 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 64 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL and the extreme low was 15 degrees at ELKTON 5SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.44 inches statewide which was 0.38 inches below normal and 54% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.50 inches, Central 0.40 inches, Bluegrass 0.38 inches and East 0.47 inches, which was 0.37, 0.47, 0.33 and 0.35 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.09 inches at LA GRANGE 6NW to a high of 1.06 inches at PADUCAH ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period 01-12-2015 to 01-18-2015 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: The big story this past week was the reversal of very cold temperatures to moderating temperatures. This past week averaged 10 to 15 degrees warmer than the previous week. Precipitation, on the other hand continued to be slim with the drought tools starting to place some western and west-central sections in Moderate hydrologic drought. Nearly 40% of the state was listed as in Moderate to abnormally dry conditions. Temperatures for the period averaged 35 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 14 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 42 in the West to 42 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 28 degrees in the West to 29 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 63 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 14 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.47 inches statewide which was 0.38 inches below normal and 55% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.43 inches, Central 0.57 inches, Bluegrass 0.37 inches and East 0.52 inches, which was 0.46, 0.33, 0.36 and 0.36 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.24 inches at LOUISVILLE APT to a high of 1.01 inches at EDMONTON 5W. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 5, 2015 to January 11, 2015 Well Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: The Commonwealth experienced the coldest temperatures of the young winter season this past period. An Arctic front pushed through the area Tuesday night with temperatures quickly on the decrease through the day on Wednesday. Breezy northwest winds pushed the wind chill below zero Wednesday morning and stayed that way into Thursday. The coldest temperatures were felt late Wednesday night and into Thursday morning as high pressure moved overhead. Clear skies and calm winds led to lows dipping to either side of zero. The cold air lasted through Saturday morning as another cold front brought a reinforcing shot of Arctic air on Friday. Lows Friday night dipped into the single digits. Over the period, the livestock cold stress index remained in the emergency category. For the week, the average state temperature was 12 degrees below normal. Other than some light snow showers along the previously mentioned Arctic fronts, the only other significant shot at precipitation was on Sunday as light rain showers fell across much of the region with the passage of an upper level disturbance. Temperatures for the period averaged 22 degrees across the state which was 12 degrees cooler than normal and 14 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 30 in the West to 32 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 13 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 12 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 15 degrees in the West to 14 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 11 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 10 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 48 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS and the extreme low was -9 degrees at BLACK MOUNTAIN ARC. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.03 inches statewide which was 0.85 inches below normal and 3% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.05 inches, Central 0.02 inches, Bluegrass 0.02 inches and East 0.02 inches, which was 0.88, 0.92, 0.73 and 0.89 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 0.27 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 29, 2014 to January 4, 2014 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: 2014 went out with a period of dry and cold conditions. High pressure took control for the first half of the week. Highs generally only rose into the mid 30s to low 40s. Temperatures were coolest on Tuesday night with lows dropping into the mid- teens to low 20s. After a fairly mild December, winter finally got the chance to make an appearance, but it was short-lived as the Commonwealth rung in the New Year. The thermometer was on the upward trend for much of the remaining week. As low pressure moved northeast over the weekend, a warm front pushed highs into the 60s on Saturday, about 20 to 25 degrees above normal. The system also brought multiple rounds of showers to the region over the course of the weekend. Much of the state saw a half to one inch, averaging out to slightly below normal for the week. Temperatures for the period averaged 36 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 10 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 43 in the West to 44 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures were near normal across the state. Low temperatures averaged from 29 degrees in the West to 31 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 69 degrees at WHITESBURG 2NW and the extreme low was 13 degrees at BURLINGTON 4S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.83 inches statewide which was 0.08 inches below normal and 92% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.15 inches, Central 0.60 inches, Bluegrass 0.64 inches and East 0.92 inches, which was 0.21, -0.38, -0.15 and 0.01 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.19 inches at FORT CAMPBELL to a high of 4.35 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 22, 2014 to December 28, 2014 Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: Unseasonably mild temperatures and multiple rounds of rainfall were the highlights of this past week. Southerly flow brought a warm and a moist air mass to the state to start off the period. Highs jumped into the mid 50s to low 60s, lasting through Christmas Eve when a cold front passed through the area. Breezy conditions accompanied the frontal passage with gusts over 40 mph at times. Temperatures dropped to near normal for the holiday, before jumping back into the 50s for the remainder of the week. The mild temperatures led to the highest above normal deviation seen all year for the Bluegrass State, 10 degrees above normal. Accompanying the warm temperatures was a rather wet period. Multiple disturbances crossed the region over the first half of the work week, followed by a cold front over the weekend. Much of the Commonwealth averaged around an inch. Temperatures for the period averaged 46 degrees across the state which was 10 degrees warmer than normal and 10 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 50 in the West to 56 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 39 degrees in the West to 39 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 11 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 13 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 69 degrees at JACKSON 3SE and the extreme low was 21 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.08 inches statewide which was 0.14 inches above normal and 114% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.99 inches, Central 1.03 inches, Bluegrass 0.86 inches and East 1.44 inches, which was -0.02, 0.00, 0.03 and 0.53 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.39 inches at HARRODSBURG 3N to a high of 2.74 inches at ALBANY 1N. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 15, 2014 to December 21, 2014 Near Normal Temperatures and Much Below Normal Precipitation: The dry trend across Kentucky remained in place this past period. The state averaged less than a quarter inch with most of that total coming on Monday and Tuesday as a cold front moved through the region. Surface high pressure dominated for much of the remainder of the week with a couple weak disturbances mixed within. Overall, while clouds stuck around for much of the period, precipitation was scarce. Four of the past six weeks have now seen precipitation below normal by at least a half inch. Abnormally dry conditions have resurfaced in portions of Western and Central Kentucky according to the US Drought Monitor. Temperatures for the period averaged 37 degrees across the state which was near normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 44 in the West to 44 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 32 degrees in the West to 31 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 58 degrees at PEABODY and the extreme low was 17 degrees at CAMPBELLSVILLE 7W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.15 inches statewide which was 0.82 inches below normal and 15% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.27 inches, Central 0.09 inches, Bluegrass 0.14 inches and East 0.11 inches, which was 0.8, 0.98, 0.7 and 0.81 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at EDMONTON 5W to a high of 0.90 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 8, 2014 to December 14, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 38 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 46 in the West to 42 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 33 degrees in the West to 31 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 62 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 17 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.02 inches statewide which was 1.03 inches below normal and 2% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.00 inches, Central 0.01 inches, Bluegrass 0.03 inches and East 0.05 inches, which was 1.14, 1.13, 0.89 and 0.94 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BENTON 4N to a high of 0.19 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 1, 2014 to December 7, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 44 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 49 in the West to 53 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 38 degrees in the West to 38 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 66 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W and the extreme low was 24 degrees at MAYSVILLE 3SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.78 inches statewide which was 0.69 inches above normal and 164% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.34 inches, Central 1.81 inches, Bluegrass 2.28 inches and East 1.68 inches, which was 0.09, 0.65, 1.36 and 0.66 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.88 inches at PRINCETON 2SE to a high of 3.14 inches at MOREHEAD 4NE. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 24, 2014 to November 30, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 43 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 51 in the West to 52 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 35 degrees in the West to 37 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 72 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 15 degrees at BLACK MOUNTAIN ARC. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.24 inches statewide which was 0.82 inches below normal and 23% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.36 inches, Central 0.25 inches, Bluegrass 0.25 inches and East 0.12 inches, which was 0.87, 0.87, 0.65 and 0.86 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at JACKSON AIRPORT to a high of 0.89 inches at EVANSVILLE ASOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 24, 2014, 34-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.05 inches, 0.06 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 35 degrees for the week, 11 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 7 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.2 out of a possible seven. Hay and roughage supplies were reported as 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Primary activities this week included harvesting crops and stripping tobacco. Recent cold temperatures may impact young wheat depending on the timing of emergence. ***Last Issue of the Year. Publication of the 2015 series will begin about the first week of April.*** Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 17, 2014 to November 23, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 35 degrees across the state which was 11 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 46 in the West to 45 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 11 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 11 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 27 degrees in the West to 25 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 10 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 8 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 67 degrees at CADIZ 4SW and the extreme low was 2 degrees at HENDERSON 5E. Kentucky has experienced 5 straight weeks of below normal temperatures. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.05 inches statewide which was 0.06 inches above normal and 106% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.95 inches, Central 1.12 inches, Bluegrass 1.08 inches and East 1.04 inches, which was -0.19, 0.07, 0.22 and 0.14 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.52 inches at FORT CAMPBELL to a high of 1.59 inches at ALBANY 1N. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 17, 2014, 33-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and below normal precipitation over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.29 inches, 0.58 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 38 degrees for the week, 11 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.1 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included stripping tobacco and harvesting crops. Some farmers experienced delays in these activities due to cold and wet conditions. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 10, 2014 to November 16, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 38 degrees across the state which was 11 degrees cooler than normal and 10 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 45 in the West to 48 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 15 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 12 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 29 degrees in the West to 30 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 10 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 74 degrees at BIG SANDY and the extreme low was 10 degrees at BLACK MOUNTAIN ARC. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.29 inches statewide which was 0.58 inches below normal and 33% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.21 inches, Central 0.39 inches, Bluegrass 0.19 inches and East 0.38 inches, which was 0.83, 0.52, 0.56 and 0.4 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.03 inches at CARBONDALE ASOS to a high of 0.77 inches at WHITLEY CITY 3N. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 10, 2014, 32-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.72 inches, 0.05 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 48 degrees for the week, 3 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 8 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.4 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans. Producers were also sowing wheat and stripping tobacco as conditions allowed. While some producers have finished harvest, wet conditions have delayed harvest and many are behind schedule. Tobacco in high case has prevented some growers from making more progress on stripping. Cattle and calves obtained approximately 73 percent of feed from pastures, but some hay is being fed. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 3, 2014 to November 9, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 48 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 58 in the West to 58 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 40 degrees in the West to 39 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period for the period was 70 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W and the extreme low was 23 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.72 inches statewide which was 0.05 inches below normal and 93% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.60 inches, Central 0.84 inches, Bluegrass 0.47 inches and East 0.99 inches, which was -0.28, 0.04, -0.23 and 0.28 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.11 inches at CINCINNATI to a high of 1.70 inches at YELLOW CREEK. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 3, 2014, 31-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced colder weather this past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.65 inches, 0.12 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 50 degrees for the week, 3 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 10 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting wheat, harvesting corn and soybeans, and tending to livestock. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 27, 2014 to November 2, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 50 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 62 in the West to 58 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 8 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 41 degrees in the West to 40 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 85 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the extreme low was 19 degrees at WILLIAMSBURG AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.65 inches statewide which was 0.12 inches below normal and 84% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.46 inches, Central 0.43 inches, Bluegrass 0.53 inches and East 1.16 inches, which was -0.40, -0.37, -0.18 and 0.44 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.11 inches at HARDINSBURG 5SW to a high of 2.09 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 27, 2014, 30-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced drier conditions over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.03 inches, 0.67 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 54 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 11 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.8 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans and planting winter wheat as fields finally got a chance to dry out. Seventeen percent of tobacco has been stripped, with 29 percent ready to be stripped and 54 percent not ready for stripping. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 20, 2014 to October 26, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 54 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 71 in the West to 63 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 43 degrees in the West to 42 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 84 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 31 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.03 inches statewide which was 0.67 inches below normal and 4% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.01 inches, Central 0.03 inches, Bluegrass 0.05 inches and East 0.04 inches, which was 0.78, 0.68, 0.6 and 0.63 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 0.19 inches at LOUISVILLE APT. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 20, 2014, 29-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced very rainy conditions over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.05 inches, 1.34 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 59 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 11 percent short, 57 percent adequate and 29 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 1.9 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans and planting winter wheat when conditions allowed. Rainfall has continued to slow harvest and some hail damage was reported on tobacco and corn in the Bluegrass area. Twelve percent of tobacco has been stripped, with 22 percent ready to be stripped and 66 percent not ready for stripping. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 13, 2014 to October 19, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 59 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 67 in the West to 66 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 51 degrees in the West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 82 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 34 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.05 inches statewide which was 1.34 inches above normal and 291% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.21 inches, Central 2.55 inches, Bluegrass 1.74 inches and East 1.69 inches, which was 1.47, 1.83, 1.07 and 1 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.80 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 4.05 inches at ELKTON 5SW. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 14, 2014, 28-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced scattered severe weather over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.23 inches, 1.46 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 61 degrees for the week, 1 degree above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 20 percent short, 60 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 23 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.8 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans and planting winter wheat. Continued rainfall has slowed harvests and some areas of the state reported damage from large hail. A tornado touched down in the northern part of the state which resulted in damage and loss of stored hay and housed tobacco. Tobacco houseburn was reported as 1 percent heavy, 6 percent moderate, 16 percent light, with 77 percent experiencing none. Seven percent of tobacco has been stripped, with 18 percent ready to be stripped and 75 percent not ready for stripping. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 6, 2014 to October 12, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 61 degrees across the state which was 1 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 73 in the West to 67 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 54 degrees in the West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period for was 84 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 40 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.23 inches statewide which was 1.46 inches above normal and 290% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.74 inches, Central 1.73 inches, Bluegrass 2.03 inches and East 3.40 inches, which was 0.96, 0.93, 1.3 and 2.63 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.40 inches at BRANDENBURG 4SW to a high of 5.43 inches at YELLOW CREEK. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 6, 2014, 27-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.46 inches, 0.34 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 64 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 10 percent very short, 37 percent short, 49 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 36 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.1 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and some growers were beginning to seed winter wheat. Early planted soybeans are also starting to be harvested. Pasture conditions slightly decreased due to below normal rainfall and late planted soybeans continued to show signs of drought stress. Tobacco houseburn was reported as 1 percent heavy, 5 percent moderate, 16 percent light, with 78 percent experiencing none. Four percent of tobacco has been stripped, with 13 percent ready to be stripped and 83 percent not ready for stripping. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 29, 2014 to October 5, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 64 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 79 in the West to 74 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 51 degrees in the West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 91 degrees at OWENSBORO AWSS and the extreme low was 27 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.46 inches statewide which was 0.34 inches below normal and 58% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.58 inches, Central 0.45 inches, Bluegrass 0.39 inches and East 0.42 inches, which was 0.24, 0.4, 0.35 and 0.37 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.13 inches at OWENTON 5E to a high of 1.12 inches at HICKMAN 2E. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 29, 2014, 26-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.00 inches, 0.85 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 64 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 8 percent very short, 34 percent short, 54 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 32 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.7 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn, baling hay, and housing tobacco. Farmers continue to report difficulty finding labor to complete tobacco harvest. Corn and soybeans continue to remain in good condition. Dry weather has allowed farmers to make good progress on their crop harvest. Late planted soybeans are in need of rain and are showing signs of stress. Tobacco houseburn was reported as 1 percent heavy, 5 percent moderate, 16 percent light, with 78 percent experiencing none. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 22, 2014 to September 28, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 64 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 81 in the West to 75 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 51 degrees in the West to 51 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW and the extreme low was 37 degrees at CADIZ 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.00 inches statewide which was 0.85 inches below normal and 0% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches, which was 0.86, 0.93, 0.77 and 0.84 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 0.06 inches at PADUCAH ASOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 22, 2014, 25-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced mostly dry and cool conditions over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.12 inches, 0.71 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 66 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 21 percent short, 67 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 25 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.3 out of a possible seven. Dry conditions have returned to the Bluegrass state. Dry weather is negatively impacting pastures and double crop soybeans in some areas. Diseases such as sudden death syndrome, frogeye leaf spot and root rot have been reported in soybeans. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and hay as well as cutting and housing tobacco. Labor shortage remains a concern for many tobacco growers. Harvest of early soybeans is just getting underway. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 15, 2014 to September 21, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 66 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 77 in the West to 75 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 55 degrees in the West to 56 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 42 degrees at HENDERSON 5E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.12 inches statewide which was 0.71 inches below normal and 14% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.14 inches, Central 0.06 inches, Bluegrass 0.14 inches and East 0.12 inches, which was 0.71, 0.85, 0.6 and 0.7 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAMPBELLSVILLE 7W to a high of 0.97 inches at HENDERSON 5E. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 15, 2014, 24-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.99 inches, 0.15 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 68 degrees for the week, 3 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 16 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 24 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.5 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting and housing tobacco and harvesting corn. However, recent rainfall has caused corn moisture to be high and harvesting to proceed slowly. Pastures remain in good condition. Some farmers have reported difficulty in harvesting tobacco due to labor shortages. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 8, 2014 to September 14, 2014 Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees cooler than normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 76 in the West to 76 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 8 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 6 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 58 degrees in the West to 61 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 41 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.99 inches statewide which was 0.15 inches above normal and 119% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.82 inches, Central 0.47 inches, Bluegrass 1.70 inches and East 0.96 inches, which was -0.02, -0.46, 0.94 and 0.15 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BOWLING GREEN 4E to a high of 3.85 inches at FRANKFORT 7S. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 8, 2014, 23-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and slightly below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.72 inches, 0.05 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 20 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 26 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.4 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting hay and tobacco, chopping silage and harvesting corn for grain. There were reports of army worms in pastures and hay fields in western Kentucky. Hay harvesting has been slowed due to above normal rainfall in eastern Kentucky. Pasture conditions continue to improve. Livestock are in mostly good to excellent condition and are benefitting from recent rains. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 1, 2014 to September 7, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 76 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 86 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the West to 68 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 53 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.72 inches statewide which was 0.05 inches below normal and 94% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.35 inches, Central 0.49 inches, Bluegrass 0.76 inches and East 1.28 inches, which was -0.36, -0.35, 0.03 and 0.49 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CALHOUN 5NW to a high of 2.35 inches at YELLOW CREEK. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 2, 2014, 22-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.25 inches, 0.50 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 78 degrees for the week, 4 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 22 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 28 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.5 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting and baling hay and topping and cutting tobacco. Pasture conditions continued to improve with wide coverage of rainfall throughout the state. However, rainfall has been causing delays to late hay harvest and cutting tobacco. Corn harvest has begun, mostly for silage to date. However, some early corn for grain in western Kentucky has also been harvested. With continued warm weather, farmers are expecting the corn harvest to become widespread in the coming weeks. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 25, 2014 to August 31, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 89 in the West to 85 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 70 degrees in the West to 66 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 98 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW and the extreme low was 57 degrees at BLACK MOUNTAIN ARC. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.25 inches statewide which was 0.50 inches above normal and 168% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.51 inches, Central 1.50 inches, Bluegrass 0.62 inches and East 1.39 inches, which was 0.84, 0.72, -0.12 and 0.60 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.12 inches at SHELBYVILLE 10W to a high of 4.72 inches at PADUCAH ASOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 25, 2014, 21-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.85 inches, 1.01 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 78 degrees for the week, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 25 percent short, 58 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 32 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.1 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting hay and topping and cutting tobacco. Scattered rainfall received last week was beneficial to most all crops. Some locations continued to report dry conditions. Producers remain concerned that late planted double crop soybeans may be in danger if there is an early frost. High temperatures and humidity created heat stress conditions for livestock. Recent precipitation has slightly improved hay and pasture conditions. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 18, 2014 to August 24, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 90 in the West to 85 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 71 degrees in the West to 68 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 98 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW and the extreme low was 62 degrees at BLACK MOUNTAIN ARC. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.85 inches statewide which was 1.01 inches above normal and 220% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.69 inches, Central 2.25 inches, Bluegrass 2.17 inches and East 2.29 inches, which was -0.07, 1.40, 1.32 and 1.38 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at MAYFIELD 6SW to a high of 5.10 inches at OWENTON 5E. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 18, 2014, 20-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.29 inches, 0.43 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 72 degrees for the week, 4 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 13 percent very short, 30 percent short, 51 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 12 percent very short, 35 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.3 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting hay and topping and cutting tobacco. Rainfall received last week was beneficial to most all crops. However, depending on the stage of corn development, rains may be to late to improve conditions. Some producers are concerned that late planted double crop soybeans may be in danger if there is an early frost. There were reports of stink bugs active in soybeans. Recent precipitation has improved hay and pasture conditions. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 11, 2014 to August 17, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 83 in the West to 79 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 64 degrees in the West to 62 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 91 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 48 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.29 inches statewide which was 0.43 inches above normal and 150% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.48 inches, Central 1.80 inches, Bluegrass 0.95 inches and East 0.91 inches, which was 0.68, 0.96, 0.08 and -0.03 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS to a high of 5.26 inches at GREENVILLE 6N. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 11, 2014, 19-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced dry conditions early in the week, but parts of the state received some much needed relief toward the end of the week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.33 inches, 0.41 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 75 degrees for the week, 1 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 18 percent very short, 38 percent short, 41 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 14 percent very short, 40 percent short, 43 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.9 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included the beginning of tobacco harvest and a continuation of tobacco topping. Rains beginning on Friday were welcomed where received and should prove beneficial to most crops. However, recent precipitation may be a little too late for some corn fields depending on the stage of development. Many cattle herds are on hay, but the rain provided some much needed relief to pastures. Lack of overall rainfall continues to be a concern for many farmers. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 4, 2014 to August 10, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 75 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 81 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 67 degrees in the West to 64 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL and the extreme low was 55 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.33 inches statewide which was 0.41 inches above normal and 144% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.26 inches, Central 1.37 inches, Bluegrass 1.22 inches and East 1.49 inches, which was 0.37, 0.47, 0.32 and 0.48 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW to a high of 6.42 inches at LEXINGTON APT. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 4, 2014, 18-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced unusually cool temperatures and dry conditions over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.23 inches, 0.74 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 70 degrees for the week, 6 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 19 percent very short, 38 percent short, 40 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 14 percent very short, 36 percent short, 47 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.3 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting hay, topping tobacco and general farm maintenance. Lack of rainfall continues to be a concern for many farmers as moderate drought conditions expanded to more areas of the state. As a result of the dry weather, crop conditions continue to deteriorate, especially in corn and soybeans. Early planted crops appear to be fairing better than later planted crops. Grain crops are reportedly maturing early and lack of adequate rainfall is causing concern regarding corn kernel fill and soybean pod fill. Some fields of double crop soybeans are showing severe stand problems and in some instances have yet to germinate due to a lack of moisture. There were reports of fall armyworms in corn and stink bugs in soybeans, but not causing major problems at this point. Some livestock producers are feeding hay, which will cut into their winter supplies. Hay and roughage supplies were reported as 4 percent very short, 26 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. The cool temperatures have benefitted livestock. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 28, 2014 to August 3, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 70 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 83 in the West to 78 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 9 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 59 degrees in the West to 59 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 8 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at BOWLING GREEN 4E and the extreme low was 48 degrees at BLACK MOUNTAIN ARC. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.23 inches statewide which was 0.74 inches below normal and 24% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.07 inches, Central 0.08 inches, Bluegrass 0.23 inches and East 0.55 inches, which was 0.86, 0.88, 0.73 and 0.49 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BENTON 4N to a high of 2.04 inches at PAINTSVILLE 4W. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 28, 2014, 17-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced a mix of heat, severe weather, and cool conditions over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.17 inches, 0.21 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 75 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 15 percent very short, 36 percent short, 44 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 12 percent very short, 32 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.9 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included spraying soybeans, baling hay, topping tobacco, and general farm maintenance. Rains continue to be scattered, providing improvement in pasture and crop conditions in some areas. However, dry conditions have continued throughout other areas of the state and pasture and crop conditions continue to deteriorate. There were some reports of corn twisting due to lack of adequate rainfall. High winds resulted in corn and tobacco being blown over in a few locations. Some farmers reported soybeans are wilting in the afternoons and a few are replanting double crop soybeans. Pastures continue to deteriorate in areas and more farmers are beginning to feed hay. There were a few reports of disease issues in vegetables. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 21, 2014 to July 27, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 75 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 82 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 64 degrees in the West to 65 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 97 degrees at HARTFORD 3E and the extreme low was 52 degrees at BLACK MOUNTAIN ARC. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.17 inches statewide which was 0.21 inches above normal and 122% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.24 inches, Central 1.23 inches, Bluegrass 1.59 inches and East 1.61 inches, which was -0.67, 0.26, 0.64 and 0.61 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BOWLING GREEN 5S to a high of 5.22 inches at WHITLEY CITY 3N. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 21, 2014, 16-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced scattered rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.48 inches, 0.49 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 70 degrees for the week, 7 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 13 percent very short, 35 percent short, 47 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 10 percent very short, 33 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.8 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included spraying soybeans, baling hay, and general farm maintenance. Parts of the state received much needed rainfall this week, providing improvement in pasture and crop conditions. However, some areas still remain dry and pasture and crop conditions continue to deteriorate. Some cattle producers are beginning to feed hay. There were a few reports of black shank problems starting to appear in tobacco. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 14, 2014 to July 20, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 70 degrees across the state which was 7 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 79 in the West to 77 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 11 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 10 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 61 degrees in the West to 62 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 7 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at BOWLING GREEN 4E and the extreme low was 49 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.48 inches statewide which was 0.49 inches above normal and 149% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.49 inches, Central 1.06 inches, Bluegrass 1.60 inches and East 2.76 inches, which was -0.47, 0.05, 0.64 and 1.73 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.06 inches at HARDINSBURG 5SW to a high of 5.59 inches at LONDON. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 14, 2014, 15-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced dry conditions over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.38 inches, 0.61 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 77 degrees for the week, near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 11 percent very short, 39 percent short, 45 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 34 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.2 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week include spraying soybeans, harvesting wheat, and baling hay. Crop conditions are deteriorating in some areas as dry conditions continue. There were a few reports of corn curling and looking drought stressed. Pastures are drying up and some cattle producers are starting to feed hay. A few producers reported vomitoxin in wheat. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 7, 2014 to July 13, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 77 degrees across the state which was near normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 88 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 67 degrees in the West to 65 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 97 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 56 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.38 inches statewide which was 0.61 inches below normal and 38% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.38 inches, Central 0.41 inches, Bluegrass 0.23 inches and East 0.51 inches, which was 0.6, 0.59, 0.74 and 0.49 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 1.51 inches at MIDDLESBORO AWOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 7, 2014, 14-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced dry and cool conditions over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.38 inches, 0.61 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 73 degrees for the week, 3 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 30 percent short, 58 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 28 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.8 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting soybeans and harvesting wheat and hay. Producers are finishing up with the wheat harvest and double crop soybean planting. The average height of emerged soybeans was 17 inches. Most early planted corn looks good, but in some locations the later fields are curling due to lack of moisture. There were reports this week of blank shank and fusarium wilt in a few tobacco fields. Pasture and crop conditions are starting to decline in some areas due to lack of moisture. Farmers were bush hogging fields and performing general maintenance as they finished up planting row crops. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 30, 2014 to July 06, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 73 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 84 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 63 degrees in the West to 63 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at Bowling Green and the extreme low was 50 degrees at Covington. Rainfall for the period totaled 0.38 inches statewide which was 0.61 inches below normal and 38% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 0.65 inches, Central 0.33 inches, Bluegrass 0.43 inches and East 0.11 inches, which was 0.34, 0.65, 0.53 and 0.91 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at Big Sandy to a high of 2.22 inches at Evansville. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 30, 2014 13-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and near normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.95 inches, 0.05 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 77 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 24 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 23 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting wheat and planting soybeans. Some areas of the state are dry while others have received rain from spotty showers. These conditions have had strong effects on hay and the second cutting. Reports of low quantity and low quality in hay have surfaced. Wheat harvest is in full swing. Yields appear to be good, but vomitoxin is being reported, especially in fields that were not treated. Double crop soybeans are being planted as wheat is harvested. Early soybeans are now starting to bloom. Soybean average height was 10 inches. Tobacco average height was 19 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 23, 2014 to June 29, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 77 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 85 in the West to 85 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the West to 67 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 94 degrees at CARLISLE 5SW and the extreme low was 53 degrees at WILLIAMSBURG AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.95 inches statewide which was 0.05 inches below normal and 95% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.87 inches, Central 0.90 inches, Bluegrass 1.07 inches and East 0.97 inches, which was -0.12, -0.08, 0.09 and -0.06 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 2.71 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 23, 2014 12-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.47 inches, 0.54 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 78 degrees for the week, 5 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 20 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 18 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.9 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week planting soybeans, harvesting wheat, and cutting hay. Crops are in need of rain in some conditions, as dry conditions persist. Other areas have received adequate moisture. With hay cutting currently under way, reports of reduced and low yields have surfaced. Also, counts of vomitoxin in wheat have been reported. Corn average height was 39 inches. Tobacco average height was 14 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 16, 2014 to June 22, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees warmer than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 90 in the West to 87 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 70 degrees in the West to 66 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 94 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low was 59 degrees at LIBERTY 3SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.47 inches statewide which was 0.54 inches below normal and 46% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.12 inches, Central 0.40 inches, Bluegrass 0.50 inches and East 0.85 inches, which was 0.88, 0.6, 0.52 and 0.18 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CADIZ 4SW to a high of 1.98 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 16, 2014 11-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and precipitation over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.80 inches, 0.23 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 70 degrees for the week, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.9 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting soybeans and tobacco. Producers continued side dressing corn and spraying post herbicide applications. There were reports of wind damage and Fusarium head blight in wheat which could impact yields in affected areas. Winter wheat grain harvest is expected to begin in earnest within the next 1-2 weeks, depending on location. Pastures are growing well due to the recent rains and livestock are benefiiting from good conditions. Hay harvest is behind schedule in many areas, resulting in an over mature first cutting. Corn emerged average height was 26 inches. The average height of set tobacco in the field was 10 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 9, 2014 to June 15, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 70 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 80 in the West to 80 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 62 degrees in the West to 59 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at BOWLING GREEN 5S and the extreme low was 44 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.80 inches statewide which was 0.23 inches below normal and 78% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.03 inches, Central 0.81 inches, Bluegrass 0.77 inches and East 0.60 inches, which was 0.05, -0.23, -0.28 and -0.45 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.06 inches at HAZARD AWOS to a high of 2.33 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 9, 2014 10-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.23 inches, 0.14 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 72 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 68 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.1 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting soybeans and tobacco, hay cutting, fungicide applications, and side dressing corn. A lot of first cutting hay is still standing, resulting in over maturity and decreased quality. Pastures are growing well due to the recent rains. Some areas are getting dry while others have had plenty of moisture. Corn average height was 17 inches. The average height of set tobacco in the field was 7 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 2, 2014 to June 8, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 81 in the West to 80 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 68 degrees in the West to 62 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 7 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 48 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.23 inches statewide which was 0.14 inches above normal and 113% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.70 inches, Central 0.40 inches, Bluegrass 1.12 inches and East 0.70 inches, which was 1.65, -0.70, 0.02 and -0.39 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BLACK MOUNTAIN ARC to a high of 7.40 inches at MAYFIELD 6SW. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 2, 2014 9-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.36 inches, 0.76 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 73 degrees for the week, 5 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.4 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting corn, soybeans and tobacco. Farmers were also busy cutting and baling hay as weather permitted. There were some reports of cut worms in corn. Producers continued spraying herbicides on corn and soybean fields and applied nitrogen on corn fields. Corn average height was 9 inches. Hay harvest was delayed in some areas due to rains, resulting in over maturity. Many growers had hay cut on the ground when rains occurred. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 26, 2014 to June 1, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 73 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees warmer than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 83 in the West to 82 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 67 degrees in the West to 62 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 51 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.36 inches statewide which was 0.76 inches below normal and 32% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.50 inches, Central 0.38 inches, Bluegrass 0.25 inches and East 0.32 inches, which was 0.6, 0.78, 0.84 and 0.8 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BOWLING GREEN 5S to a high of 2.15 inches at BIG SANDY. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 27, 2014 8-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal precipitation and above average temperatures over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.56 inches, 0.55 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 68 degrees for the week, 2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 82 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting corn, soybeans and tobacco, as well as harvesting hay. Crop planting progress benefitted from warmer and drier conditions. Strong storms hit the state mid-week in some locations resulting in reports of wind and hail damage. Bottom ground has dried out in some areas which allowed for those fields to be planted. Producers continued spraying herbicides on corn and soybean fields and applied nitrogen applications on early planted corn fields. A lot of hay was cut and baled as conditions allowed, with many reports of yields from first cuttings being down from last year. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 19, 2014 to May 25, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 82 in the West to 78 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 61 degrees in the West to 53 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 32 degrees at WILLIAMSBURG AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.56 inches statewide which was 0.55 inches below normal and 50% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.29 inches, Central 0.34 inches, Bluegrass 0.99 inches and East 0.61 inches, which was 0.81, 0.82, 0.08 and 0.51 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BENTON 4N to a high of 3.59 inches at MURRAY 1W. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 19, 2014 7-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.41 inches, 0.28 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 61 degrees for the week, 3 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 27 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.0 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting corn, soybeans and tobacco, along with cutting of hay. Crop planting progress was hampered by rain and cool temperatures throughout the week. Bottom land remains too wet to plant in most areas. Wet, cool conditions have impacted emerged grains and hay crops. Crops could benefit from warmer and drier conditions. Some corn ground has been replanted due to flooding. Producers were spraying fungicides on wheat and herbicides on corn and soybean fields. Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 4 percent short, 90 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Fourteen percent of tobacco transplants were less than 2 inches in height, with 47 percent between 2-4 inches, and 39 percent over 4 inches. Strawberries bloomed late due to prolonged winter and the freeze in mid- April. Strawberry fruit size was reported as 9 percent below average, 72 percent average, with 19 percent above average. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 12, 2014 to May 18, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 61 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees cooler than normal and 10 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 69 in the West to 72 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 8 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 53 degrees in the West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 33 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.41 inches statewide which was 0.28 inches above normal and 125% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.71 inches, Central 1.81 inches, Bluegrass 1.40 inches and East 0.72 inches, which was 0.53, 0.62, 0.33 and -0.37 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.13 inches at LONDON to a high of 3.03 inches at CAMPBELLSVILLE 7W. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 12, 2014 6-14 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced warmer conditions over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.07 inches, 0.02 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 70 degrees for the week, 8 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 22 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.0 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting corn, soybeans and tobacco, along with cutting of alfalfa and wheat hay. Crop planting made good progress early in the week, but raining conditions later in the week put a hold on further advancement. The harsh conditions this past winter are expected to impact both the quantity and quality of hay in many locations, especially the first cutting of hay. Thinner stands and shorter height of hay are both contributing factors to expectations of decreased hay yields from last year. Tobacco transplant supplies were reported as 3 percent short, 91 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Eighteen percent of tobacco transplants were under 2 inches, with 53 percent between 2-4 inches, and 29 percent over than 4 inches. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 5, 2014 to May 11, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 70 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees warmer than normal and 10 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 82 in the West to 82 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 7 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 62 degrees in the West to 57 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 10 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 89 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the extreme low was 43 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.07 inches statewide which was 0.02 inches below normal and 98% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.97 inches, Central 1.70 inches, Bluegrass 0.88 inches and East 0.73 inches, which was -0.19, 0.55, -0.13 and -0.32 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.12 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 4.90 inches at FORT KNOX. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 5, 2014 5-14 Agricultural News: The Commonwealth experienced cool, wet weather conditions this past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.62 inches, 1.55 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 60 degrees for the week, 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 34 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 25 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 2.5 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included the cutting of some hay and the spraying and cutting of wheat for forage. Weather conditions hampered planting progress this week. Grains and Oilseed: As of Sunday, May 4, 39 percent of the corn crop had been planted, compared with 32 percent last year and the five year average of 52. Fifteen percent of the corn crop has emerged, compared with 11 percent last year and the five year average of 34 percent. Soybean planting is in the beginning stages with 2 percent planted, compared to 1 percent last year and the five year average of 8 percent. Six percent of winter wheat has headed compared to 22 percent last year and the five year average of 47 percent. Winter wheat is in mostly good to fair condition with 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 50 percent good and 15 percent excellent. Average height of wheat was 16 inches. Tobacco: Seeded tobacco transplants were reported in mostly good to excellent condition with 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 64 percent good, and 22 percent excellent. Pasture and Hay: Pasture condition was rated as 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Average height of alfalfa was 15 inches at the end of the week. The projected average date for the first cutting of alfalfa is May 14th. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 28, 2014 to May 4, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 60 degrees across the state which was near normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 70 in the West to 71 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 49 degrees in the West to 50 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 88 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 37 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.62 inches statewide which was 1.55 inches above normal and 244% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.71 inches, Central 2.83 inches, Bluegrass 2.62 inches and East 2.30 inches, which was 1.5, 1.73, 1.63 and 1.3 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.84 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S to a high of 6.00 inches at HICKMAN 2E. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 28, 2014 4-14 Agricultural News: The Commonwealth experienced drier conditions over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.65 inches, 0.39 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 62 degrees for the week, 4 degrees warmer than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 21 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included planting corn and applying fertilizer. Fruit trees along with early set vegetables were adversely impacted by the freeze on April 15. Grains and Oilseed: As of Sunday, April 27, 32 percent of the corn crop had been planted, compared with 23 percent last year and the five year average of 44. Seven percent of the corn crop has emerged, compared with 4 percent last year and the five year average of 22 percent. Soybean planting is in the beginning stages with 1 percent planted, compared to the five year average of 4 percent. One percent of winter wheat has headed compared to 7 percent last year and the five year average of 28 percent. Winter wheat is in mostly good to fair condition with 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Average height of wheat was 13 inches. Tobacco: Seeded tobacco transplants were reported in mostly good to excellent condition with 2 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 66 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Pasture and Hay: Pasture condition was rated as 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Average height of alfalfa was 9 inches at the end of the week. The projected first cutting of alfalfa is May 14th . Other: Freeze damage to apples was reported on 58 percent of crop with 31 percent rated light, 20 percent moderate, and 7 percent severe. Freeze damage to peaches was reported on 61 percent of crop with 17 percent rated light, 15 percent moderate, and 29 percent severe. Strawberry condition was rated as 2 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 64 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Condition of livestock was rated as 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 21, 2014 to April 27, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 62 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 75 in the West to 75 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 51 degrees in the West to 47 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at PEABODY and the extreme low was 33 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.65 inches statewide which was 0.39 inches below normal and 63% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.62 inches, Central 0.58 inches, Bluegrass 0.57 inches and East 0.83 inches, which was 0.57, 0.47, 0.38 and 0.12 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.11 inches at MADISONVILLE 4S to a high of 1.72 inches at CALHOUN 5NW. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 21, 2014 3-14 Agricultural News: Snow and below freezing temperatures interrupted work in the Commonwealth at the beginning of the week. However, temperatures increased over the weekend. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.71 inches, 0.28 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 54 degrees, across the state, for the week, 2 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler then last period. The highest temperature this week was 81 degrees at the MADISONVILLE 4S weather station, and the lowest temperature was 21 degrees at the PIKEVILLE 13S weather station. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 27 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 21 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4 out of a possible seven. Soils remain too wet for most fieldwork. Primary activities this week included preparing fields for planting, and applying fertilizer. Crops: Ten percent of the corn crop had been planted, behind last year’s 14 percent and the five-year average of 30 percent. Winter wheat continues to be concentrated in the good to fair condition with 3 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Winter damage was reported on 40 percent of wheat with 29 percent rated as light, 9 percent moderate, and 2 percent severe. Tobacco: Ninety-two percent of the tobacco transplants had been seeded in comparison to 90 percent last year and the five-year average of 90. Tobacco transplant conditions were rated as 2 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 67 percent good and 18 percent excellent. Pasture and Hay: Pasture condition was reported as 3 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Though, many livestock producers are still feeding their herds hay, the pasture growth in the state is beginning to thrive. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 14, 2014 to April 20, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 54 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 66 in the West to 68 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 41 degrees in the West to 43 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 81 degrees at MADISONVILLE 4S and the extreme low was 21 degrees at PIKEVILLE 13S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.71 inches statewide which was 0.28 inches below normal and 72% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.15 inches, Central 0.73 inches, Bluegrass 0.57 inches and East 0.38 inches, which was 0.03, -0.26, -0.33 and -0.55 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.08 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S to a high of 1.61 inches at MURRAY 1W. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 14, 2014 2-14 Agricultural News: The Commonwealth experienced drier conditions over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.45 inches, 0.57 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 60 degrees for the week, 6 degrees warmer than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 59 percent adequate and 40 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 27 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.3 out of a possible seven. Soils remain too wet for most fieldwork. Primary activities this week included preparing farm equipment for planting, seeding pastures, applying fertilizer, and seeding tobacco transplants. Twenty-seven percent of apples and 37 percent of peaches were in full bloom. Some producers reported significant winter damage to peaches. Crops: As of Sunday, April 13, 4 percent of the corn crop had been planted, behind last year’s 6 percent and the five year average of 17. Farmers expect to plant corn as soon as field conditions permit, and planting could make considerable progress this week. Winter wheat is in mostly good to fair condition with 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Tobacco: As of Sunday, April 13, 76 percent of the tobacco transplants had been seeded compared with 84 percent last year and the five year average of 84. Pasture and Hay: Pasture condition was reported as 4 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Many operators were still feeding hay and are hoping for rapid forage growth this week as hay supplies are running low in some areas. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 7, 2014 to April 13, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 60 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 70 in the West to 72 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 49 degrees in the West to 49 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 27 degrees at Fort Campbell. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.45 inches statewide which was 0.57 inches below normal and 44% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.60 inches, Central 0.45 inches, Bluegrass 0.51 inches and East 0.22 inches, which was 0.56, 0.59, 0.41 and 0.72 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.08 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 1.71 inches at BENTON 4N. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 7, 2014 1-14 Agricultural News: The Commonwealth experienced extremely wet conditions over the past week. Precipitation for the week totaled 2.19 inches, 1.2 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 56 degrees for the week, 4 degrees warmer than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 50 percent adequate and 49 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 65 percent adequate and 32 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 2.9 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included securing supplies and preparing farm equipment for planting, applying fertilizer and herbicide to wheat, and plowing for tobacco when the weather permitted. Tobacco: As of Sunday, April 6, 65 percent of the greenhouse and plant bed seedings had been completed compared with 72 percent last year and the five year average of 72. Small Grains and Legumes: Fall seeded wheat was in mostly fair to good condition. Winter damage for wheat was estimated at 39 percent light, 16 percent moderate, and 5 percent severe. Condition of the wheat crop was rated 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 46 percent good and 12 percent excellent. Alfalfa freeze damage was reported at 37 percent light, 19 percent moderate, and 3 percent severe. Pasture and Hay: Pasture condition was reported as 5 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Hay and roughage supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 16 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. A number of farms have lost cattle due to the harsh winter. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 31, 2014 to April 6, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 56 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 14 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 69 in the West to 71 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 46 degrees in the West to 44 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 83 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 25 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.19 inches statewide which was 1.2 inches above normal and 220% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.57 inches, Central 2.36 inches, Bluegrass 2.54 inches and East 1.31 inches, which was 1.48, 1.32, 1.64 and 0.36 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.78 inches at MIDDLESBORO AWOS to a high of 5.60 inches at MORGANFIELD 4E. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 24, 2014 to March 30, 2014 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. Below is a couple pictures taken Tuesday at the University of Kentucky. The first was taken in the morning with the first round of snow showers. The second came in the afternoon when winds picked up and visibility was reduced drastically.

Morning of 8/25

Afternoon of 8/25
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. Temperatures for the period averaged 42 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 53 in the West to 52 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 10 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 10 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 34 degrees in the West to 31 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 72 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W and the extreme low was 13 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.28 inches statewide which was 0.25 inches above normal and 124% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.43 inches, Central 1.05 inches, Bluegrass 1.14 inches and East 1.51 inches, which was 0.32, -0.04, 0.21 and 0.51 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.40 inches at GLASGOW 11W to a high of 2.03 inches at MURRAY 1W. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 17, 2014 to March 23, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 46 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 56 in the West to 56 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 36 degrees in the West to 37 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 73 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the extreme low was 23 degrees at BURLINGTON 4S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.09 inches statewide which was 0.95 inches below normal and 9% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.05 inches, Central 0.04 inches, Bluegrass 0.06 inches and East 0.21 inches, which was 1.05, 1.06, 0.88 and 0.81 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW to a high of 0.39 inches at BIG SANDY. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 10, 2014 to March 16, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 47 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 14 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 63 in the West to 58 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 36 degrees in the West to 34 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 78 degrees at PEABODY and the extreme low was 16 degrees at BURLINGTON 4S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.53 inches statewide which was 0.45 inches below normal and 54% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.66 inches, Central 0.46 inches, Bluegrass 0.42 inches and East 0.58 inches, which was 0.36, 0.57, 0.47 and 0.39 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.08 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S to a high of 1.04 inches at HICKMAN 2E. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 3, 2014 to March 9, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 34 degrees across the state which was 10 degrees cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 43 in the West to 48 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 14 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 8 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 24 degrees in the West to 25 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 11 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 6 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 66 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E and the extreme low was -2 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.89 inches statewide which was 0.09 inches below normal and 91% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.96 inches, Central 1.03 inches, Bluegrass 0.44 inches and East 1.12 inches, which was -0.09, 0.00, -0.44 and 0.17 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at FORT CAMPBELL to a high of 1.72 inches at COLUMBIA 3N. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 24, 2014 to March 2, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 33 degrees across the state which was 9 degrees cooler than normal and 14 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 43 in the West to 44 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 11 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 10 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 24 degrees in the West to 24 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 67 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E and the extreme low was 9 degrees at ALEXANDRIA 5NW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.94 inches statewide which was 0.05 inches below normal and 95% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.97 inches, Central 1.08 inches, Bluegrass 0.76 inches and East 0.96 inches, which was -0.13, 0.03, -0.10 and 0.03 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.35 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW to a high of 1.50 inches at CAMPBELLSVILLE 7W. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 17, 2014 to February 23, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 47 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees warmer than normal and 20 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 57 in the West to 62 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 11 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 37 degrees in the West to 36 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 7 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 75 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 8 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.13 inches statewide which was 0.2 inches above normal and 122% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.76 inches, Central 1.16 inches, Bluegrass 1.17 inches and East 1.42 inches, which was -0.29, 0.16, 0.37 and 0.55 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.13 inches at HICKMAN 2E to a high of 2.80 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 10, 2014 to February 16, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 27 degrees across the state which was 10 degrees cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 35 in the West to 38 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 13 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 10 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 18 degrees in the West to 22 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 10 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 55 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS and the extreme low was -4 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.52 inches statewide which was 0.39 inches below normal and 57% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.40 inches, Central 0.46 inches, Bluegrass 0.50 inches and East 0.71 inches, which was 0.61, 0.53, 0.28 and 0.14 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.17 inches at MORGANFIELD 4E to a high of 1.70 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 3, 2014 to February 9, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 26 degrees across the state which was 9 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 30 in the West to 34 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 16 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 12 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 21 degrees in the West to 26 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 56 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E and the extreme low was 0 degrees at BURLINGTON 4S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.24 inches statewide which was 1.37 inches above normal and 257% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.14 inches, Central 2.71 inches, Bluegrass 2.06 inches and East 2.06 inches, which was 1.18, 1.76, 1.3 and 1.24 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.97 inches at PADUCAH ASOS to a high of 3.91 inches at BOWLING GREEN 4E. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 27, 2014 to February 2, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 29 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 41 in the West to 41 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 19 degrees in the West to 17 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 68 degrees at BIG SANDY and the extreme low was -9 degrees at BURLINGTON 4S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.59 inches statewide which was 0.23 inches below normal and 72% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.83 inches, Central 0.66 inches, Bluegrass 0.59 inches and East 0.30 inches, which was 0.04, 0.23, 0.12 and 0.5 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.09 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S to a high of 1.31 inches at HICKMAN 2E. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 20, 2014 to January 26, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 24 degrees across the state which was 9 degrees cooler than normal and 10 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 39 in the West to 34 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 10 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 16 degrees in the West to 12 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 10 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 62 degrees at BENTON 4N and the extreme low was -15 degrees at RICHMOND 8E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.22 inches statewide which was 0.59 inches below normal and 27% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.09 inches, Central 0.16 inches, Bluegrass 0.33 inches and East 0.31 inches, which was 0.77, 0.7, 0.37 and 0.5 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CADIZ 4SW to a high of 0.64 inches at STANFORD 4NE. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 13, 2014 to January 19, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 34 degrees across the state which was 1 degree warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 44 in the West to 42 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 26 degrees in the West to 28 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 58 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 6 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.51 inches statewide which was 0.33 inches below normal and 61% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.37 inches, Central 0.66 inches, Bluegrass 0.42 inches and East 0.57 inches, which was 0.51, 0.23, 0.31 and 0.3 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at PADUCAH ASOS to a high of 1.02 inches at EDMONTON 5W. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 6, 2014 to January 12, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 30 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 38 in the West to 41 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 21 degrees in the West to 20 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 62 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S and the extreme low was -13 degrees at PIKEVILLE 13S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.15 inches statewide which was 0.27 inches above normal and 130% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.14 inches, Central 1.05 inches, Bluegrass 1.08 inches and East 1.31 inches, which was 0.21, 0.11, 0.33 and 0.4 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.46 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 1.77 inches at ALBANY 1N. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 30, 2013 to January 5, 2014 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 31 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 40 in the West to 41 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 22 degrees in the West to 22 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 58 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W and the extreme low was -3 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.35 inches statewide which was 0.54 inches below normal and 39% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.38 inches, Central 0.41 inches, Bluegrass 0.36 inches and East 0.26 inches, which was 0.55, 0.56, 0.42 and 0.64 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.14 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 0.87 inches at PADUCAH ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 23 to December 29, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 34 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 14 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 43 in the West to 45 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 24 degrees in the West to 26 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 57 degrees at JACKSON 3SE and the extreme low was 10 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.68 inches statewide which was 0.26 inches below normal and 73% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.39 inches, Central 0.69 inches, Bluegrass 0.63 inches and East 0.99 inches, which was -0.60, -0.33, -0.20 and 0.08 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.14 inches at MORGANFIELD 4E to a high of 1.32 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 16 to December 22, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 48 degrees across the state which was 11 degrees warmer than normal and 16 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 56 in the West to 58 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 9 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 39 degrees in the West to 40 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 10 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 13 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 76 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 17 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.95 inches statewide which was 0.98 inches above normal and 201% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.88 inches, Central 1.78 inches, Bluegrass 1.82 inches and East 1.33 inches, which was 1.81, 0.72, 0.98 and 0.41 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.70 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 5.45 inches at PADUCAH ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 9 to December 15, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 31 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees cooler than normal and 12 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 37 in the West to 41 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 12 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 8 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 23 degrees in the West to 26 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 7 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 53 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E and the extreme low was -1 degree at HENDERSON 5E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.70 inches statewide which was 0.34 inches below normal and 68% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.75 inches, Central 0.65 inches, Bluegrass 0.63 inches and East 0.79 inches, which was 0.37, 0.48, 0.28 and 0.19 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.42 inches at FORT CAMPBELL to a high of 1.47 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 2 to December 8, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 43 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 10 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 50 in the West to 51 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 34 degrees in the West to 39 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 75 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL and the extreme low was 8 degrees at MORGANFIELD 4E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.53 inches statewide which was 1.45 inches above normal and 234% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.73 inches, Central 2.61 inches, Bluegrass 2.35 inches and East 3.44 inches, which was 0.49, 1.45, 1.43 and 2.43 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 1.02 inches at HENDERSON 5E to a high of 4.20 inches at WHITLEY CITY 3N. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 25 to December 1, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 34 degrees across the state which was 9 degrees cooler than normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 45 in the West to 43 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 9 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 11 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 26 degrees in the West to 24 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 58 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W and the extreme low was 11 degrees at CARLISLE 5SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.52 inches statewide which was 0.55 inches below normal and 49% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.28 inches, Central 0.30 inches, Bluegrass 0.33 inches and East 1.16 inches, which was -0.97, -0.83, -0.57 and 0.16 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at HENDERSON 5E to a high of 2.14 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 25, 2013 35-13 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced dry conditions last week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.53 inches, 0.47 in below normal. Temperature for the week averaged 42 degrees, 3 degrees cooler than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 19 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.1 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, stripping tobacco and seeding winter wheat. Crops: As of Sunday, November 24, 96 percent of the corn crop had been harvested, compared to 100 percent for last year and the five-year average. Eighty-seven percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, compared to 99 percent for last year and the five-year average. Tobacco: Fifty percent of burley tobacco has been stripped, compared to 43 percent last year and 61 percent for the five-year average. Condition of stripped tobacco was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Other Crops: Winter wheat seeded was reported at 91 percent, compared to 95 percent last year and 94 percent for the five-year average. Fifty-nine percent of the winter wheat crop was reported to be emerged. Condition of winter wheat was rated at 18 percent fair, 64 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 18 to November 24, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 42 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 52 in the West to 51 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 34 degrees in the West to 34 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 68 degrees at HINDMAN 5N and the extreme low was 11 degrees at PIKEVILLE 13S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.53 inches statewide which was 0.47 inches below normal and 53% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.45 inches, Central 0.59 inches, Bluegrass 0.37 inches and East 0.72 inches, which was 0.7, 0.47, 0.5 and 0.19 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.04 inches at OWENSBORO AWSS to a high of 1.27 inches at ALBANY 1N. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 18, 2013 34-13 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced varied conditions last week including snow, severe weather, and cold and warm temperatures. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.08 inches, 0.19 in above normal. Temperature for the week averaged 46 degrees, 2 degrees cooler than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.7 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, stripping tobacco and seeding winter wheat. Crops: As of Sunday, November 17, 94 percent of the corn crop had been harvested, compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 99 percent. Seventy-eight percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, compared to 95 percent last year and 93 percent for the five-year average. Tobacco: Forty-two percent of burley tobacco has been stripped, compared to 38 percent last year and 47 percent for the five-year average. Condition of stripped tobacco was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Other Crops: Winter wheat seeded was reported at 78 percent, compared to 90 percent last year and 88 percent for the five-year average. Forty-four percent of the winter wheat crop was reported to be emerged. Condition of winter wheat was reported 25 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 11 to November 17, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 46 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 57 in the West to 57 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 37 degrees in the West to 33 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 71 degrees at JACKSON 3SE and the extreme low was 14 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.08 inches statewide which was 0.19 inches above normal and 121% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.09 inches, Central 1.35 inches, Bluegrass 1.39 inches and East 0.50 inches, which was 0.03, 0.42, 0.62 and -0.31 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.18 inches at MONTICELLO AWOS to a high of 2.82 inches at LOUISVILLE APT. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 12, 2013 33-13 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced very dry conditions last week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.47 inches, 0.31 in below normal. Temperature for the week averaged 50 degrees, 1 degree cooler than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 8 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.7 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, stripping tobacco and seeding winter wheat. Crops: As of Sunday, November 10, 90 percent of the corn crop had been harvested, compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 97 percent. Sixty-six percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, compared to 90 percent last year and 86 percent for the five-year average. Tobacco: Thirty-five percent of burley tobacco has been stripped, compared to 32 percent last year and 34 percent for the five-year average. Condition of stripped tobacco was rated at 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 62 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Other Crops: Winter wheat seeded was reported at 64 percent, compared to 84 percent last year and 79 percent for the five-year average. Thirty-three percent of the winter wheat crop was reported to be emerged. Condition of winter wheat was reported as 30 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 23 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 4 to November 10, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 50 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 61 in the West to 61 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 40 degrees in the West to 37 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 77 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 24 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.47 inches statewide which was 0.31 inches below normal and 61% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.38 inches, Central 0.51 inches, Bluegrass 0.48 inches and East 0.49 inches, which was 0.51, 0.3, 0.21 and 0.22 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.23 inches at FORT CAMPBELL to a high of 0.91 inches at LOUISA 1S. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 4, 2013 32-13 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced very wet and windy conditions last week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.20 inches, 0.43 in above normal. Temperature for the week averaged 56 degrees, 3 degrees warmer than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.1 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and soybeans, stripping tobacco and seeding winter wheat. Crops: As of Sunday, November 3, 83 percent of the corn crop had been harvested, compared to 98 percent last year and the five-year average of 93 percent. Ninety percent of soybeans were considered mature, compared to 99 percent for last year and the five-year average. Fifty-one percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, compared to 81 percent last year and 76 percent for the five-year average. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 34 percent excellent. Tobacco: Twenty-seven percent of burley tobacco has been stripped, compared to 25 percent last year and 26 percent for the five-year average. Condition of housed tobacco was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Condition of stripped tobacco was rated at 3 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 65 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. While tobacco is in mostly good condition, some producers are reporting its weight is lighter than normal. Other Crops: Winter wheat seeded was reported at 50 percent, compared to 73 percent last year and 68 percent for the five-year average. Twenty percent of the winter wheat crop was reported to be emerged. Condition of winter wheat was reported as 1 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 28 to November 3, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 56 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 12 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 66 in the West to 64 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 48 degrees in the West to 50 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 12 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 79 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL and the extreme low was 28 degrees at HARTFORD 3E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.20 inches statewide which was 0.43 inches above normal and 156% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.92 inches, Central 1.41 inches, Bluegrass 1.50 inches and East 0.97 inches, which was 0.06, 0.61, 0.79 and 0.26 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.44 inches at BURKESVILLE 3W to a high of 2.36 inches at SHEPHERDSVILLE 6SE. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 28, 2013 31-13 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced very cool conditions last week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.14 inches, 0.58 in below normal. Temperature for the week averaged 45 degrees, 10 degrees cooler than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.0 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting corn and harvesting soybeans. Crops: As of Sunday, October 27, all of Kentucky’s corn crop had reached the mature stage. Seventy-six percent of corn has been harvested, compared to 96 percent last year and the five-year average of 89 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 5 percent fair, 38 percent good, and 54 percent excellent. Ninety-one percent of soybeans were reported to be shedding leaves, compared to 99 percent last year and the five-year average of 100 percent. Seventy- six percent of soybeans were considered mature, compared to 92 percent last year and the five-year average of 95 percent. Thirty-eight percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, compared to 68 percent last year and 65 percent for the five-year average. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 8 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 38 percent excellent. Tobacco: Eighteen percent of burley tobacco has been stripped, compared to 18 percent last year and 19 percent for the five-year average. Condition of housed tobacco was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Other Crops and Pasture: Winter wheat seeded was reported at 34 percent, compared to 58 percent last year and 54 percent for the five-year average. Eleven percent of the winter wheat crop has emerged. Condition of winter wheat was reported as 1 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 21 percent excellent. Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 21 to October 27, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 45 degrees across the state which was 10 degrees cooler than normal and 12 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 57 in the West to 55 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 12 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 13 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 35 degrees in the West to 35 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 10 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 71 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 21 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.14 inches statewide which was 0.58 inches below normal and 20% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.08 inches, Central 0.13 inches, Bluegrass 0.15 inches and East 0.22 inches, which was 0.72, 0.59, 0.51 and 0.46 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at HENDERSON 5E to a high of 0.54 inches at LOUISA 1S. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 21, 2013 30-13 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced rainy conditions last week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.47 inches, 0.24 in below normal. Temperature for the week averaged 56 degrees, 2 degrees cooler than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 16 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.6 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting tobacco, harvesting corn, and harvesting soybeans. Crops: As of Sunday, October 20, 97 percent of corn reached the mature stage, compared with 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 99 percent. Sixty- five percent of corn has been harvested, compared to 94 percent last year and the five-year average of 84 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 5 percent fair, 38 percent good, and 54 percent excellent. Eighty percent of soybeans were reported to be shedding leaves, compared to 93 percent last year and the five-year average of 97 percent. Sixty-one percent of soybeans were considered mature, compared to 81 percent last year and the five-year average of 84 percent. Twenty-five percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, compared to 52 percent for last year and the five-year average. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 37 percent excellent. Tobacco: Ninety-seven percent of burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 100 percent for last year and the five-year average. Thirteen percent of burley tobacco has been stripped, compared to 15 percent last year and 13 percent for the five-year average. Ninety-one percent of dark tobacco was cut, compared to 99 percent last year and the five-year average of 100 percent. Condition of housed tobacco was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Other Crops and Pasture: Winter wheat seeded was reported at 22 percent, compared to 37 percent last year and 35 percent for the five-year average. Condition of winter wheat was reported as 2 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. Pasture condition was reported as 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Ninety-three percent of farmers were reported as having adequate hay supply for this winter’s feeding. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 14 to October 20, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 56 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 66 in the West to 65 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 48 degrees in the West to 50 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 78 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL and the extreme low was 31 degrees at CAMPBELLSVILLE 7W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.47 inches statewide which was 0.24 inches below normal and 67% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.41 inches, Central 0.54 inches, Bluegrass 0.50 inches and East 0.44 inches, which was 0.34, 0.18, 0.17 and 0.24 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.17 inches at PEABODY to a high of 0.93 inches at TRIANGLE MOUNTAIN. --- Due to the Federal Government shutdown, the Kentucky Weather and Crop Summary for this previous week is currently not available. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 7 to October 13, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 61 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 10 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 75 in the West to 73 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 50 degrees in the West to 49 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 82 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW and the extreme low was 38 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.34 inches statewide which was 0.41 inches below normal and 45% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.22 inches, Central 0.10 inches, Bluegrass 0.36 inches and East 0.69 inches, which was 0.54, 0.68, 0.36 and 0.07 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BOWLING GREEN APT to a high of 1.68 inches at MCKEE 5S. --- Due to the Federal Government shutdown, the Kentucky Weather and Crop Summary for this previous week is currently not available. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 30 to October 6, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 70 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 80 in the West to 81 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 63 degrees in the West to 60 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 12 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 12 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at CALHOUN 5NW and the extreme low was 51 degrees at RICHMOND 8E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.93 inches statewide which was 1.13 inches above normal and 242% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.47 inches, Central 2.22 inches, Bluegrass 2.70 inches and East 0.33 inches, which was 1.65, 1.38, 1.96 and -0.46 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at HINDMAN 5N to a high of 7.57 inches at LOUISVILLE APT. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 30, 2013 27-13 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced drier conditions last week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.29 inches, 0.56 in below normal. Temperature for the week averaged 66 degrees, 1 degree warmer than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 25 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 22 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.8 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting tobacco and harvesting corn. Crops: As of Sunday, September 29, 97 percent of corn reached the dent stage, compared to 100 percent for last year and the five-year average. Eighty-seven percent of corn reached the mature stage, compared with 98 percent last year and the five- year average of 92 percent. Thirty-six percent of corn has been harvested, compared to 79 percent last year and the five-year average of 56 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 7 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 47 percent excellent. Forty-nine percent of soybeans were reported to be shedding leaves, compared to 70 percent last year and the five-year average of 71 percent. Nineteen percent of soybeans were considered mature, compared to 48 percent last year and the five-year average of 43 percent. Four percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, compared to 24 percent last year and the five-year average of 14 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 31 percent excellent. Tobacco: Eighty-three percent of burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 79 percent last year and 85 percent for the five-year average. Eighty-five percent of dark tobacco was cut, compared to 87 percent last year and the five-year average of 85 percent. Condition of housed tobacco was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. The amount of tobacco ready for stripping was 10 percent while the amount of tobacco already stripped was 2 percent. Other Crops and Pasture: Winter wheat seeded was reported at 3 percent, compared to 6 percent last year and 4 percent for the five-year average. Pasture condition was reported as 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 23 to September 29, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 66 degrees across the state which was 1 degree warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 78 in the West to 75 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 56 degrees in the West to 54 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 85 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 42 degrees at RICHMOND 8E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.29 inches statewide which was 0.56 inches below normal and 34% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.89 inches, Central 0.12 inches, Bluegrass 0.04 inches and East 0.10 inches, which was 0.03, -0.81, -0.73 and -0.73 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CARLISLE 5SW to a high of 2.07 inches at PADUCAH ASOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 23, 2013 26-13 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced cool and wet conditions last week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.57 inches, 0.74 in above normal. Temperature for the week averaged 68 degrees, near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 23 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 20 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.4 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting tobacco, preparing equipment for grain harvest, and harvesting corn. Crops: As of Sunday, September 22, 94 percent of corn reached the dent stage, compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 98 percent. Seventy- four percent of corn reached the mature stage, compared with 96 percent last year and the five-year average of 85 percent. Twenty-five percent of corn has been harvested, compared to 69 percent last year and the five-year average of 44 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 7 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 45 percent excellent. The average moisture content of corn being harvested was at 21 percent. Twenty-eight percent of soybeans were reported to be shedding leaves, compared to 58 percent last year and the five-year average of 55 percent. Eight percent of soybeans were considered mature, compared to 33 percent last year and the five-year average of 26 percent. One percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, compared to 13 percent last year and the five-year average of 6 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 30 percent excellent. Farmers reported 59 percent of the soybean crop was safe from frost damage. There were some reports of damage to the soybean crop due to lodging. Tobacco: Seventy-four percent of burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 69 percent last year and 76 percent for the five-year average. Seventy-six percent of dark tobacco was cut, compared to 79 percent last year and the five-year average of 77 percent. Condition of housed tobacco was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. Other: Pasture condition was reported as 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. There were some reports that while hay production has been abundant, the quality is low due to delayed harvest and rain. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 16 to September 22, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees across the state which near normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 79 in the West to 75 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 60 degrees in the West to 58 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 89 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W and the extreme low was 45 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.57 inches statewide which was 0.74 inches above normal and 189% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.61 inches, Central 1.70 inches, Bluegrass 2.00 inches and East 0.96 inches, which was 0.76, 0.79, 1.25 and 0.14 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.51 inches at MONTICELLO AWOS to a high of 3.81 inches at SHELBYVILLE 10W. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 16, 2013 25-13 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced exceptionally dry conditions again last week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.22 inches, 0.62 in below normal. Temperature for the week averaged 70 degrees, near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 28 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 23 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.1 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting tobacco and beginning to harvest corn. Crops: As of Sunday, September 15, 97 percent of corn had reached the dough stage, compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 99 percent. Eighty- nine percent of corn reached the dent stage, compared to 99 percent last year and the five-year average of 94 percent. Sixty-three percent of corn reached the mature stage, compared with 92 percent last year and the five-year average of 75 percent. Fourteen percent of corn has been harvested, compared to 58 percent last year and the five-year average of 33 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 7 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 48 percent excellent. Producers who have started harvesting corn reported very good crop conditions and yields. Soybean setting pods reached 95 percent, compared with 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 100 percent. Fifteen percent of soybeans were reported to be dropping leaves, compared to 47 percent last year and the five-year average of 36 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 33 percent excellent. While soybean conditions have been improving, there were a few reports of soybean sudden death syndrome in some areas. Tobacco: Sixty-two percent of burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 59 percent last year and 68 percent for the five-year average. Sixty-six percent of dark tobacco was cut, compared to 67 percent last year and the five-year average of 67 percent. Condition of housed tobacco was rated at 5 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 66 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Nine percent of housed tobacco showed signs of houseburn. Other: Pasture condition was reported as 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Pasture conditions are continuing to deteriorate due to the lack of rain. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 9 to September 16, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 70 degrees across the state which was near normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 80 in the West to 79 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 62 degrees in the West to 61 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at MORGANFIELD 4E and the extreme low was 41 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.22 inches statewide which was 0.62 inches below normal and 26% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.18 inches, Central 0.38 inches, Bluegrass 0.06 inches and East 0.24 inches, which was 0.67, 0.55, 0.7 and 0.57 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW to a high of 2.66 inches at BOWLING GREEN APT. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 9, 2013 24-13 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced exceptionally dry conditions last week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.17 inches, 0.6 in below normal. Temperature for the week averaged 72 degrees, 1 degree cooler than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 20 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.1 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting tobacco, cutting and baling hay, and preparing for grain harvest. Crops: As of Sunday, September 8, 92 percent of corn had reached the dough stage, compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 97 percent. Seventy- nine percent of corn reached the dent stage, compared to 96 percent last year and the five-year average of 88 percent. Forty-two percent of corn reached the mature stage, compared with 85 percent last year and the five-year average of 62 percent. Five percent of corn has been harvested, compared to 46 percent last year and the five- year average of 22 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 46 percent excellent. Some producers reported the corn crop is looking very good and that they expect high yields. Soybean setting pods reached 90 percent, compared with 99 percent last year and the five-year average of 97 percent. Six percent of soybeans were reported to be dropping leaves, compared to 34 percent last year and the five-year average of 22 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 33 percent excellent. Tobacco: Ninety percent of Burley tobacco was topped, compared to 96 percent last year and the five-year average of 99 percent. Fifty-four percent of burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 48 percent last year and 56 percent for the five-year average. Fifty-three percent of dark tobacco was cut, compared to 49 percent last year and the five-year average of 55 percent. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 3 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Condition of housed tobacco was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 65 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Other: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 21 percent excellent. Many farmers were busy cutting and baling hay. Wet conditions this year have been challenging for hay growers. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 2 to September 8, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 84 in the West to 82 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 62 degrees in the West to 62 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 91 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the extreme low was 49 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.17 inches statewide which was 0.6 inches below normal and 22% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.07 inches, Central 0.23 inches, Bluegrass 0.11 inches and East 0.28 inches, which was 0.65, 0.62, 0.62 and 0.51 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW to a high of 1.81 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 3, 2013 23-13 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced very hot and humid conditions last week. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.30 inches, 0.56 in above normal. Temperature for the week averaged 78 degrees, 4 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 16 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 15 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.9 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included cutting and housing tobacco and preparing for grain harvest. Crops: As of Sunday, September 1, 85 percent of corn had reached the dough stage, compared to 99 percent last year and the five-year average of 92 percent. Sixty-six percent of corn reached the dent stage, compared to 92 percent last year and the fiveyear average of 80 percent. Twenty-two percent of corn reached the mature stage, compared with 77 percent last year and the five-year average of 46 percent. One percent of corn has been harvested, compared to 35 percent last year and the five- year average of 12 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 10 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 44 percent excellent. Soybean blooming reached 93 percent complete, compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 100 percent. Soybean setting pods reached 80 percent, compared with 91 percent last year and the five-year average of 91 percent. Two percent of soybeans were reported to be dropping leaves, compared to 21 percent last year and the five-year average of 12 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 31 percent excellent. There were some reports of soybean sudden death syndrome observed last week. Tobacco: Eighty-two percent of Burley tobacco was topped, compared to 81 percent last year and the five-year average of 90 percent. Forty-one percent of burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 32 percent last year and 43 percent for the five-year average. Ninety-five percent of dark tobacco was topped, compared to 100 percent last year and 100 percent for the five-year average. Thirty-five percent of dark tobacco was cut, compared to 37 percent last year and the five-year average of 44 percent. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 4 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. Condition of housed tobacco was rated at 4 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 66 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Twentyone percent of respondents reported evidence of houseburn. Other: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 18 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 21 percent excellent. Pastures still remain in mostly good to excellent condition, however, field and hay conditions are continuing to decline in locations that have not received as much rain. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 26 to September 1, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 90 in the West to 86 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the West to 68 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 97 degrees at MORGANFIELD 4E and the extreme low was 54 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.30 inches statewide which was 0.56 inches above normal and 176% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.20 inches, Central 1.55 inches, Bluegrass 1.52 inches and East 0.95 inches, which was 0.53, 0.77, 0.79 and 0.17 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.07 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 3.86 inches at SHELBYVILLE 10W. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 26, 2013 22-13 Agricultural News: Kentucky experienced below average rainfall and warmer temperatures last week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.34 inches, 0.49 in below normal. Temperature for the week averaged 75 degrees, near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.4 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included harvesting tobacco and starting to harvest early corn for grain. Crops: As of Sunday, August 25, corn milking was rated at 90 percent, compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 97 percent. Seventy-two percent of corn reached the dough stage, compared to 93 percent last year and the fiveyear average of 84 percent. Forty-eight percent of corn reached the dent stage, compared to 86 percent last year and the five-year average of 66 percent. Eight percent of corn reached the mature stage, compared with 66 percent last year and the five-year average of 29 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 48 percent excellent. Soybean blooming reached 86 percent complete, compared to 99 percent last year and the five- year average of 96 percent. Soybean setting pods reached 66 percent, compared with 86 percent last year and the five-year average of 82 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 36 percent excellent. There were some reports of soybean sudden death syndrome observed last week. Tobacco: Eighty-seven percent of Burley tobacco was blooming, compared to 94 percent last year and 95 percent for the five-year average. Seventy-one percent of Burley tobacco was topped, compared to 69 percent last year and the five-year average of 79 percent. Twenty-seven percent of burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 21 percent last year and 27 percent for the five-year average. Eighty-nine percent of dark tobacco was topped, compared to 99 percent last year and 96 percent for the five-year average. Twenty-one percent of dark tobacco was cut, compared to 21 percent last year and the fiveyear average of 28 percent. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 4 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Other: Pasture condition was reported as 5 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 24 percent excellent. While pastures remain mostly in good to excellent condition, fields were beginning to show signs of stress in a few locations that have not received as much rain. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 19 to August 25, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 75 degrees across the state which was near normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 86 in the West to 84 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 66 degrees in the West to 64 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 93 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 54 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.34 inches statewide which was 0.49 inches below normal and 41% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.22 inches, Central 0.41 inches, Bluegrass 0.37 inches and East 0.35 inches, which was 0.53, 0.43, 0.47 and 0.54 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BENTON 4N to a high of 2.98 inches at STANFORD 4NE. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 19, 2013 21-13 Agricultural News: This week consisted of unseasonably cool conditions. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.14 inches, 0.28 above normal. Temperature for the week averaged 70 degrees, 6 degrees cooler than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 10 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 20 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.5 out of a possible seven. Primary activities this week included topping and cutting tobacco and preparing equipment for grain harvest. Crops: As of Sunday, August 18, corn silking was rated at 96 percent compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 99 percent. Seventy-eight percent of corn reached the milk stage, compared to 99 percent last year and the five-year average of 91 percent. Fifty-four percent of corn reached the dough stage, compared to 86 percent last year and the fiveyear average of 72 percent. Twenty-seven percent of corn reached the dent stage, compared to 76 percent last year and the five-year average of 52 percent. Two percent of corn reached the mature stage, compared with 51 percent last year and the five-year average of 14 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 47 percent excellent. Soybean blooming reached 79 percent complete, compared to 90 percent last year and the five-year average of 89 percent. Soybean setting pods reached 54 percent, compared with 77 percent last year and the five-year average of 71 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 2 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 34 percent excellent. Tobacco: Eighty-three percent of Burley tobacco was blooming compared to 83 percent last year and 86 percent for the five-year average. Burley was 60 percent topped, compared to 62 percent last year and the five-year average of 67 percent. Fifteen percent of burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 15 percent last year and for the five-year average. Dark tobacco reached 95 percent blooming, behind last year at 99 percent and the five-year average of 98 percent. Eighty percent of dark tobacco was topped compared to 90 percent last year and 86 percent for the five-year average. Five percent of dark tobacco was cut, compared to 13 percent last year and the five- year average of 14 percent. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 4 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. Other: Pasture condition was reported as 2 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 24 percent excellent. Livestock were reportedly in good shape and have benefitted from good pasture conditions. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 12 to August 18, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 70 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 79 in the West to 77 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 9 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 9 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 62 degrees in the West to 61 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 86 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL and the extreme low was 47 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.14 inches statewide which was 0.28 inches above normal and 133% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.35 inches, Central 1.38 inches, Bluegrass 0.53 inches and East 1.30 inches, which was 0.56, 0.54, -0.34 and 0.37 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW to a high of 3.73 inches at JACKSON. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 12, 2013 20-13 Agricultural News: This week consisted of extremely humid conditions. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.78 inches, 0.86 in above normal. Temperature for the week averaged 76 degrees, near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 8 percent short, 65 percent adequate and 27 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 22 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.0 out of a possible seven. Crops: As of Sunday, August 11, corn silking was rated at 92 percent compared to 99 percent last year and the five-year average of 96 percent. Sixty-nine percent of corn reached the milk stage, compared to 89 percent last year and the five- year average of 79 percent. Forty percent of corn reached the dough stage, compared to 75 percent last year and the fiveyear average of 56 percent. Fourteen percent of corn reached the dent stage, compared to 61 percent last year and the five-year average of 36 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 45 percent excellent. Soybean blooming reached 69 percent complete, compared to 84 percent last year and the five-year average of 82 percent. Soybean setting pods reached 42 percent, compared with 66 percent last year and the five-year average of 57 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 2 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 31 percent excellent. Tobacco: Seventy-four percent of Burley tobacco was blooming compared to 73 percent last year and 72 percent for the five-year average. Burley was 47 percent topped, compared to 47 last year and the five-year average of 51 percent. Six percent of burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 5 percent last year and the five-year average. Dark tobacco reached 89 percent blooming, behind last year at 94 percent and the five-year average of 93 percent. Seventy-two percent of dark tobacco was topped compared to 81 percent last year and 76 percent for the five-year average. Two percent of dark tobacco was cut, compared to 4 percent last year and the five-year average. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 5 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Pasture: Pasture condition was reported as 3 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 26 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 5 to August 11, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 76 degrees across the state which was near normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 83 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the West to 67 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL and the extreme low was 51 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.78 inches statewide which was 0.86 inches above normal and 195% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.53 inches, Central 1.99 inches, Bluegrass 1.86 inches and East 1.75 inches, which was 0.65, 1.1, 0.97 and 0.75 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.09 inches at SHEPHERDSVILLE 6SE to a high of 5.32 inches at MAYFIELD 6SW. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 5, 2013 19-13 Agricultural News: This week consisted of unseasonably cool conditions. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.56 inches, 0.41 in below normal. Temperature for the week averaged 71 degrees, 6 degrees cooler than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.3 out of a possible seven. Crops: Corn silking was rated at 84 percent compared to 95 percent last year and the five-year average of 89 percent. Fifty-three percent of corn reached the milk stage, compared to 80 percent last year and the five-year average of 64 percent. Twenty-six percent of corn reached the dough stage, compared to 60 percent last year and the five-year average of 41 percent. Nine percent of corn reached the dent stage, compared to the 42 percent last year and the five-year average of 20 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 40 percent excellent. Soybean blooming reached 54 percent complete, compared to 78 percent last year and the five-year average of 72 percent. Soybean setting pods reached 28 percent, compared with 55 percent last year and the five-year average of 41 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 2 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 27 percent excellent. Tobacco: Sixty percent of Burley tobacco was blooming compared to 62 percent last year and 58 percent for the five-year average. Burley was 33 percent topped, equal to last year and the five-year average. Dark tobacco reached 80 percent blooming, behind last year at 85 percent and the five-year average of 82 percent. Sixty percent of dark tobacco was topped compared to 69 percent last year and 61 percent for the five- year average. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 4 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Pasture: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 22 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 29 to August 4, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 71 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 80 in the West to 79 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 9 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 8 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 65 degrees in the West to 62 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 86 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the extreme low was 48 degrees at MCKEE 5S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.56 inches statewide which was 0.41 inches below normal and 58% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.06 inches, Central 0.40 inches, Bluegrass 0.31 inches and East 0.46 inches, which was 0.13, -0.55, -0.65 and -0.58 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.04 inches at LOUISA 1S to a high of 1.95 inches at PRINCETON 2SE. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 29, 2013 18-13 Agricultural News: This week consisted of unseasonably cool conditions. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.09 inches, 0.12 inches above normal for this point in the season. Temperature for the week averaged 72 degrees, 4 degrees cooler than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 20 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 2 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.0 out of a possible seven. Crops: As of Sunday, July 28, corn silking was rated at 69 percent compared to 91 percent last year and the five year average of 81 percent. Twenty-six percent of corn reached the milk stage, compared to 71 percent last year and the five year average of 51 percent. Eight percent of corn reached the dough stage, compared to 49 percent last year and the five year average of 28 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 8 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 36 percent excellent. Soybean blooming reached 41 percent complete, compared to 69 percent last year and the five year average of 61 percent. Soybean setting pods reached 16 percent, compared with 41 percent last year and the five year average of 26 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 2 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 62 percent good, and 24 percent excellent. Tobacco: Forty-seven percent of Burley tobacco was blooming compared to 50 percent last year and 44 percent for the five year average. Burley was 21 percent topped compared to 22 percent last year and the five year average of 21 percent. Dark tobacco had 66 percent blooming, behind last year at 75 percent and the five year average of 71 percent. Forty percent of dark tobacco was topped compared to 48 percent last year and 46 percent for the five year average. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 5 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. Pasture: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 24 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 22 to July 28, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 82 in the West to 80 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 7 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 64 degrees in the West to 65 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low was 48 degrees at HENDERSON 5E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.09 inches statewide which was 0.12 inches above normal and 113% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.22 inches, Central 0.94 inches, Bluegrass 1.46 inches and East 0.76 inches, which was 0.30, -0.04, 0.50 and -0.25 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.09 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 3.47 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 22, 2013 17-13 Agricultural News: This week consisted of exceptionally hot and humid conditions. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.62 inches, 0.36 inches below normal for this point in the season. Temperature for the week averaged 80 degrees, 3 degrees warmer than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 67 percent adequate and 24 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 24 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.0 out of a possible seven. Crops: As of Sunday, July 21, the corn crop was 70 percent tasseled, trailing both last year at 99 percent and the five year average of 75 percent. Corn silking was rated at 50 percent compared to 86 percent last year and the five year average of 71 percent. Eight percent of corn reached the milk stage, compared to 59 percent last year and the five year average of 36 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 10 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 33 percent excellent. Soybean blooming reached 25 percent complete, compared to 61 percent last year and the five year average of 48 percent. Soybean setting pods reach 5 percent, compared with 29 percent last year and the five year average of 16 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 62 percent good, and 22 percent excellent. Tobacco: Thirty-two percent of Burley tobacco was blooming compared to 36 percent last year and 29 percent for the five year average. Burley was 12 percent topped compared to 13 percent last year and the five year average of 12 percent. Dark tobacco had 53 percent blooming, behind last year at 66 percent and the five year average of 55 percent. Twenty-seven percent of dark tobacco was topped compared to 31 percent last year and 29 percent for the five year average. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 5 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Pasture: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 26 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 15 to July 21, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 80 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 90 in the West to 88 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 71 degrees in the West to 69 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 96 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low was 63 degrees at MCKEE 5S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.62 inches statewide which was 0.36 inches below normal and 63% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.84 inches, Central 0.59 inches, Bluegrass 0.49 inches and East 0.56 inches, which was 0.1, 0.41, 0.46 and 0.46 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CARROLLTON 2E to a high of 3.87 inches at RUSSELLVILLE 2W. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 15, 2013 16-13 Agricultural News: This week consisted of drier conditions with rainfall totals at nearly half an inch below normal. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.54 inches, 0.45 inches below normal for this point in the season. Temperature for the week averaged 76 degrees, near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 41 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 2 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 37 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.3 out of a possible seven. Crops: As of Sunday, July 14, the corn crop was 56 percent tasseled, trailing both last year at 89 percent and the five year average of 62 percent. Corn silking was rated at 37 percent compared to 75 percent last year and the five year average of 55 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 2 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 35 percent excellent. The soybean crop was 93 percent emerged compared to 100 percent last year and the five year average of 99 percent. Soybean blooming was 11 percent complete, compared to 50 percent last year and the five year average of 34 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 2 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 25 percent excellent. Tobacco: Nineteen percent of Burley tobacco was blooming compared to 26 percent last year and 17 percent for the five year average. Burley was 5 percent topped compared to 5 percent last year and the five year average of 3 percent. Dark tobacco had 32 percent blooming, behind last year at 56 percent and the five year average of 37 percent. Five percent of dark tobacco was topped compared to 13 percent last year and 8 percent for the five year average. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 4 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Reports of damage due to excess moisture in fields continue throughout the state. Small Grains: As of July 14, 93 percent of the winter wheat crop had been harvested compared to 100 percent last year and the five year average of 99 percent. Pasture: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 24 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 8 to July 14, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 76 degrees across the state which was near normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 86 in the West to 85 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 68 degrees in the West to 66 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at Poplar Bluff ASOS and the extreme low was 57 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.54 inches statewide which was 0.45 inches below normal and 54% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.17 inches, Central 0.61 inches, Bluegrass 0.50 inches and East 0.89 inches, which was 0.81, 0.39, 0.48 and 0.12 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CARBONDALE ASOS to a high of 1.76 inches at ALBANY 1N. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 8, 2013 15-13 Agricultural News: Exceptionally wet conditions throughout the state hampered field activity for most of the week. Precipitation for the week totaled 3.55 inches, 2.56 inches above normal for this point in the season. Temperature for the week averaged 72 degrees, 4 degrees cooler than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 44 percent adequate and 56 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 56 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 2.0 out of a possible seven. Crops: As of Sunday, July 7, the corn crop was 34 percent tasseled, trailing both last year at 81 percent and the five year average of 49 percent. Corn silking was rated at 16 percent compared to 63 percent last year and the five year average of 38 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 32 percent excellent. Soybean planting reached 95 percent complete which trails last year at 100 percent and the five year average of 100 percent. The soybean crop was 83 percent emerged compared to 100 percent last year and the five year average of 95 percent. Soybean blooming was 4 percent complete, compared to 35 percent last year and the five year average of 21 percent. Average soybean height for the state was 11 inches. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 23 percent excellent. Tobacco: Nine percent of Burley tobacco was blooming compared to 17 percent last year and 7 percent for the five year average. Dark tobacco had 12 percent blooming, behind last year at 45 percent and the five year average of 15 percent. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 2 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Damage to the tobacco crop due to heavy rainfall was reported throughout the state. Small Grains: As of July 7, 84 percent of the winter wheat crop had been harvested compared to 100 percent last year and the five year average of 95 percent. Pasture: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 23 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 1 to July 7, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 80 in the West to 81 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 9 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 64 degrees in the West to 65 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 57 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 3.55 inches statewide which was 2.56 inches above normal and 358% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.70 inches, Central 4.81 inches, Bluegrass 4.00 inches and East 3.67 inches, which was 0.7, 3.82, 3.04 and 2.65 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.03 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS to a high of 7.94 inches at RUSSELLVILLE 2W. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 1, 2013 14-13 Agricultural News: Weather for the past week consisted of higher than normal rainfall. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.91 inches, 0.92 inches above normal for this point in the season. Temperature for the week averaged 76 degrees, 1 degree warmer than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 short, 75 percent adequate and 21 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated, 4 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.2 out of a possible seven. The wheat harvest and soybean planting continued but was delayed in some areas due to the torrential rains that we experienced this week. Also, there were also some reports of decreased quality of hay because of late cutting due to the rains. Crops: The corn crop was 13 percent tasseled compared to 65 percent last year and the five year average of 33 percent. Corn siliking was rated at 5 percent in comparison to 45 percent last year and the five year average of 21 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 25 percent excellent. Soybean planting reached 88 percent complete which trails last years progress at 100 percent and the five year average of 95 percent. The soybean crop is 71 percent emerged compared to 100 percent last year and the five year average of 89 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 65 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Tobacco: Ninety–five percent of Burley tobacco has been set compared to 99 percent last year and 100 percent for the five year average. Dark tobacco is 98 percent set, behind last year at 99 percent and the five year average of 100 percent. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 22 percent excellent. Tobacco height is at 54 percent under 12 inches, 37 percent at 12-24 inches and 9 percent over 24 inches. Small Grains: Winter wheat crop harvested reached 66 percent compared to 99 percent last year and the five year average of 84 percent. Pasture: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 24 to June 30, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 76 degrees across the state which was 1 degree warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 87 in the West to 84 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 69 degrees in the West to 66 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 100 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 27 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.91 inches statewide which was 0.92 inches above normal and 193% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.76 inches, Central 1.48 inches, Bluegrass 2.95 inches and East 1.44 inches, which was 0.78, 0.5, 1.98 and 0.41 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at BOWLING GREEN APT to a high of 6.84 inches at MADISONVILLE 4S. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 24, 2013 13-13 Agricultural News: Weather for the past week consisted of lower than normal rainfall. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.98 inches, 0.04 inches below normal for this point in the season. Temperature for the week averaged 75 degrees, 1 degree warmer than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 short, 79 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.9 out of a possible seven. Producers were busy harvesting winter wheat; planting soybeans and tobacco. Crops: As of Sunday, June 23, the corn crop was 99 percent emerged compared to 100 percent last year and the five year average of 100 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 24 percent excellent. Soybean planting reached 77 percent complete. Planting progress trails last year at 99 percent and the five year average of 87 percent. The soybean crop is 60 percent emerged compared to 98 percent last year and the five year average of 80 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 68 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Tobacco: Ninety percent of Burley tobacco has been set compared to 95 percent last year and 96 percent for the five year average. Dark tobacco is 89 percent set, behind last year at 95 percent and the five year average of 97 percent. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Tobacco height is at 68 percent under 12 inches, 27 percent at 12-24 inches and 5 percent over 24 inches. Small Grains: Twenty-nine percent of the winter wheat crop had been harvested compared to 94 percent last year and the five year average of 57 percent. Condition of the winter wheat crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 28 percent excellent. Pasture: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 21 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 17 to June 23, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 75 degrees across the state which was 1 degree warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 87 in the West to 84 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 67 degrees in the West to 63 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 93 degrees at OWENSBORO AWSS and the extreme low was 55 degrees at MOREHEAD 4NE. Rainfall for the period totaled 0.98 inches statewide which was 0.04 inches below normal and 96% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 1.45 inches, Central 0.78 inches, Bluegrass 0.71 inches and East 0.99 inches, which was 0.44, -0.23, -0.31 and -0.04 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.04 inches at MAYSVILLE 3SW to a high of 3.93 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS. Summarized and averaged data for the period 20130617 to 20130623(Last 7 Days) (Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages) AIR TEMPERATURE PRECIPITATION ExtremeTemp STATION MAX DEV MIN DEV AVR DEV TOTAL DEV %NORM HI LO -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WEST(CD1) 87 0 67 3 77 1 1.45 0.44 144 93 61 CENTRAL(CD2) 86 1 64 1 75 1 0.78 -0.23 77 91 58 BLUEGRASS(CD3) 84 0 63 1 74 1 0.71 -0.31 70 89 56 EAST(CD4) 84 0 63 3 73 1 0.99 -0.04 96 91 55 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATE 85 0 64 2 75 1 0.98 -0.04 96 93 55 --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 17, 2013 12-13 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Weather for the past week consisted of higher than normal amounts of rainfall. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.25 inches, 0.23 inches above normal for this point in the season. Temperature for the week averaged 74 degrees, 2 degrees warmer than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 short, 80 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.6 out of a possible seven. CROPS: As of Sunday, June 16, the corn crop was 95 percent emerged compared to 100 percent last year and the five year average of 98 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. The overall average height of corn is 21 inches, while the average height of the most advanced corn is 35 inches. Soybean planting reached 63 percent complete. Planting progress trails last year at 94 percent and the five year average of 78 percent. The soybean crop is 46 percent emerged compared to 85 percent last year and the five year average of 65 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 69 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. TOBACCO: At this point of the season, setting of burley and dark tobacco is behind normal. Eighty percent of Burley tobacco has been set compared to 88 percent last year and 86 percent for the five year average. Dark tobacco is 79 percent set, behind last year at 87 percent and the five year average of 86 percent. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 2 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Tobacco height is at 83 percent under 12 inches, 16 percent at 12-24 inches and 1 percent over 24 inches. SMALL GRAINS: As of June 16, 6 percent of the winter wheat crop had been harvested compared to 81 percent last year and the five year average of 30 percent. Condition of the winter wheat crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 18 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 23 percent excellent. PASTURE: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 10 to June 16, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 74 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 86 in the West to 82 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 67 degrees in the West to 63 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 96 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 51 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.25 inches statewide which was 0.23 inches above normal and 123% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.51 inches, Central 1.33 inches, Bluegrass 1.62 inches and East 1.52 inches, which was -0.46, 0.30, 0.58 and 0.48 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 3.79 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 10, 2013 11-13 Agricultural News: Weather for the past week consisted mostly of cool and dry condition with limited rainfall mid week when temperatures increased to seasonal levels. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.99 inches, 0.09 inches above normal for this point in the season. Temperature for the week averaged 70 degrees, near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 24 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.5 out of a possible seven. Crops: As of Sunday, June 9, corn planting was 96 percent complete, trailing both last year at 100 percent and the five year average of 98 percent. The corn crop was 84 percent emerged compared to 100 percent last year and the five year average of 93 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 18 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 21 percent excellent. The overall average height of corn is 13 inches, while the average height of the most advanced corn is 24 inches. Soybean planting reached 48 percent complete. Planting progress trails last year at 89 percent and the five year average of 67 percent. The soybean crop is 30 percent emerged compared to 77 percent last year and the five year average of 50 percent. Tobacco: At this point of the season, setting of burley and dark tobacco is behind normal. Sixty-six percent of Burley tobacco has been set compared to 82 percent last year and 75 percent for the five year average. Dark tobacco is 67 percent set, behind last year at 78 percent and the five year average of 72 percent. Condition of set tobacco was rated as 2 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. PASTURE: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 21 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 3 to June 9, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 70 degrees across the state which was near normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 79 in the West to 79 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 61 degrees in the West to 60 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at Owensboro and the extreme low was 48 degrees at Cynthiana. Rainfall for the period totaled 0.99 inches statewide which was 0.09 inches below normal and 92% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 1.25 inches, Central 0.67 inches, Bluegrass 0.60 inches and East 1.44 inches, which was 0.21, -0.42, -0.50 and 0.36 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.04 inches at Carbondale to a high of 4.16 inches at Benton. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 3, 2013 10-13 Agricultural News: Weather for the past week consisted mostly of mild and dry conditions with increasing humidity. A cold front moved in on Friday, however, which brought on large amounts of rainfall in the west and central sections of the state. Precipitation for the week totaled 1.25 inches, 0.13 inches above normal for this point in the season. Temperature for the week averaged 74 degrees, 5 degrees warmer than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 10 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 20 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.5 out of a possible seven. Crops: As of Sunday, June 2, corn planting was 91 percent complete, trailing both last year at 100 percent and the five year average of 94 percent. The corn crop was 70 percent emerged compared to 99 percent last year and the five year average of 85 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. The overall average height of corn is 8 inches, while the average height of the most advanced corn is 16 inches. Soybean planting reached 30 percent complete. Planting progress trails last year at 79 percent and the five year average of 51 percent. The soybean crop is 13 percent emerged compared to 66 percent last year and the five year average of 34 percent. Condition of the Winter wheat crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 26 percent excellent. Lodging of winter wheat was reported throughout the state due to damage from heavy winds and rainfall. Tobacco: At this point of the season, setting of burley and dark tobacco is behind normal. Forty-five percent of Burley tobacco has been set compared to 71 percent last year and 57 percent for the five year average. Dark tobacco is 50 percent set, behind last year at 64 percent and the five year average of 54 percent. PASTURE: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 19 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 27 to June 02, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 74 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees warmer than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 82 in the West to 84 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near from normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 65 degrees in the West to 62 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at LOUISA and the extreme low was 37 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL. Rainfall for the period totaled 1.25 inches statewide which was 0.13 inches above normal and 112% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 3.22 inches, Central 0.68 inches, Bluegrass 0.63 inches and East 0.48 inches, which was 2.12, -0.48, -0.46 and -0.65 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.06 inches at MOREHEAD to a high of 6.40 inches at PADUCAH. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 28, 2013 Agricultural News: Planting progress was slowed due to heavy rainfall in the second half of the week. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.60 inches, 0.51 inches below normal for this point in the season. Precipitation amounts were higher in the western and southern regions of the state. Temperature for the week averaged 66 degrees, near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 68 percent adequate and 29 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 28 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.1 out of a possible seven. Crops: As of Sunday, May 26, corn planting was 74 percent complete, trailing both last year at 100 percent and the five year average of 86 percent. The corn crop was 49 percent emerged compared to 95 percent last year and the five year average of 72 percent. Condition of the corn crop was rated as 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Soybean planting reached 14 percent complete. Planting progress trails last year at 68 percent and the five year average of 36 percent. The soybean crop is 3 percent emerged compared to 50 percent last year and the five year average of 21 percent. Condition of the Winter wheat crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 10 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 27 percent excellent. The expected date for the winter wheat harvest to begin is June 14. Tobacco: At this point of the season, setting of burley and dark tobacco is behind normal. Twenty-five percent of Burley tobacco has been set compared to 53 percent last year and 37 percent for the five year average. Dark tobacco is 28 percent set, behind last year at 52 percent and the five year average of 38 percent. PASTURE: Pasture condition was reported as 3 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 19 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 20 to May 26, 2013 Near Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Very warm and dry conditions started the workweek but on Tuesday cooler, wetter conditions took over for the remainder of the week. And by Friday morning, temperatures had dropped into the low 40s with some central and eastern locations reporting upper 30s. Many stations reported multiple days with small rainfall events. The west and south received the greater rainfall totals. Temperatures for the period averaged 66 degrees across the state which was near normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 77 in the West to 76 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 58 degrees in the West to 55 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 89 degrees at Mayfield and the extreme low was 37 degrees at Mckee. Rainfall for the period totaled 0.60 inches statewide which was 0.51 inches below normal and 54% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.01 inches, Central 0.48 inches, Bluegrass 0.34 inches and East 0.58 inches, which was 0.09, 0.67, 0.73 and 0.54 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.05 inches at Monticello to a high of 2.11 inches at Glasgow. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 20, 2013 8-13 Agricultural News: Kentucky farmers finally were granted some warm, dry weather in the first half of the week to aid in planting progress. Precipitation for the week totaled 0.44 inches, 0.7 inches below normal for this point in the season. Precipitation amounts were slightly higher in the central portion of the state. Temperature for the week averaged 67 degrees, 2 degrees higher than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 32 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 2 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.1 out of a possible seven. This week presented much more accommodating conditions for field activities. Crops: Farmers were finally able to make some decent headway getting their corn crop in the ground. Planting is 56 percent complete, trailing both last year at 98 percent and the five year average of 75 percent. The corn crop is 35 percent emerged compared to 88 percent last year and the five year average of 60 percent. Soybean planting reached 6 percent complete. Planting progress trails last year at 57 percent and the five year average of 24 percent. Condition of the Winter wheat crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 25 percent excellent. Eighty-two percent of the state’s Winter wheat crop is in the headed stage. Tobacco: The Commonwealth’s tobacco crop is behind schedule due to a very moist Spring. Twelve percent of Burley tobacco has been set compared to 35 percent last year and 20 percent for the five year average. Dark tobacco is 15 percent set, behind last year at 36 percent and the five year average of 22 percent. PASTURE AND OTHER CROPS: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Pasture growth has flourished with the wet conditions this Spring. The hay crop condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 13 to May 19, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 67 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 80 in the West to 77 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 59 degrees in the West to 55 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at MORGANFIELD 4E and the extreme low was 31 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.44 inches statewide which was 0.7 inches below normal and 39% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.24 inches, Central 0.43 inches, Bluegrass 0.64 inches and East 0.44 inches, which was 0.93, 0.76, 0.44 and 0.66 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 1.94 inches at CARLISLE 5SW. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 13, 2013 7-13 Agricultural News: The Commonwealth’s farmers continue to battle persistent precipitation and saturated soil as they attempt to get their field crops in the ground. Rainfall for the week totaled 1.38 inches, 0.28 inches above normal for this point in the season. Precipitation amounts were distributed fairly evenly throughout the state. Temperature for the week averaged 61 degrees, 1 degree cooler than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 47 percent adequate and 53 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 41 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 1.8 out of a possible seven. Intermittent rain has kept farmers out of their fields and unable to make much planting progress. Crops: Farmers are steadily making corn planting progress as the weather conditions will allow. Planting is 39 percent complete, trailing both last year at 95 percent and the five year average of 66 percent. The corn crop is 23 percent emerged compared to 81 percent last year and the five year average of 50 percent. Soybean planting continues to move slowly with 2 percent in the ground. Planting progress trails last year at 45 percent and the five year average of 15 percent. Condition of the Winter wheat crop was rated 2 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 25 percent excellent. Sixty-seven percent of Winter wheat has headed at this juncture. Tobacco: Like other field crops, tobacco planting is behind schedule due to a wet Spring. Three percent of Burley tobacco has been set compared to 22 percent last year and 10 percent for the five year average. Dark tobacco is 3 percent set, behind last year at 19 percent and the five year average of 10 percent. Pasture And Other Crops: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Pastures have benefitted from the continuous moisture. The hay crop condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. The size of Kentucky’s strawberries are reported as 50 percent small, 38 percent medium, and 12 percent large at this point in the season. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 6 to May 12, 2013 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 a 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 61 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 72 in the West to 68 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 53 degrees in the West to 51 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 83 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 35 degrees at Cynthiana 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.38 inches statewide which was 0.28 inches above normal and 126% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.89 inches, Central 1.61 inches, Bluegrass 1.63 inches and East 1.37 inches, which was -0.27, 0.45, 0.61 and 0.32 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.14 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 2.75 inches at HARTFORD 3E. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 5, 2013 6-13 Agricultural News: Derby week began with promising weather conditions that gave way to falling temperatures and heavy precipitation as the weekend approached. Rainfall amount matched last week’s total of 1.77 inches, 0.69 inches above normal. The heaviest precipitation occurred in the central portion of the state. Temperature for the week averaged 62 degrees, 2 degrees higher than normal. Weather was very warm initially with highs in the upper 70s and 80s, however the weekend was much cooler bringing the weekly average down. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 30 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.8 out of a possible seven. Farmers continue to wait for accommodating weather to make significant planting progress. Crops: Corn planting continues to be impeded by wet conditions. Planting progress is at 32 percent, compared to 91 percent at this time last year and 57 percent for the five year average. Twelve percent of the corn crop has emerged, well behind last year at 73 percent and the five year average of 37 percent. Soybean planting is in the beginning stages with only 1 percent in the ground, trailing both the five year average of 9 percent and 31 percent for this juncture last year. The Commonwealth’s farmers will attempt to make up for lost time as better weather permits. Condition of the Winter wheat crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 58 percent good and 27 percent excellent. Tobacco: Producers indicate there are adequate plants for tobacco setting. Tobacco transplants continue to progress as 24 percent are under 2 inches, compared to 45 percent last week. Forty-three percent of transplants are in the 2-4 inch range, while 33 percent are above 4 inches. PASTURE AND HAY: Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. Pastures benefitted from warm temperatures early in the week and rain at week’s end. The hay crop condition was reported as 4 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 29 to May 5, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 62 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 71 in the West to 72 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 51 degrees in the West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 85 degrees at LOUISVILLE APT and the extreme low was 38 degrees at HICKMAN 2E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.77 inches statewide which was 0.69 inches above normal and 164% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.69 inches, Central 2.17 inches, Bluegrass 1.80 inches and East 1.40 inches, which was 0.48, 1.06, 0.81 and 0.39 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.42 inches at LOUISA 1S to a high of 2.86 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 29, 2013 5-13 Agricultural News: Weather for the past week consisted of cooling temperatures and scattered precipitation. Temperature statewide averaged 54 degrees which was 6 degrees cooler than the previous week. The last part of the week brought frost to some locations as nighttime temperatures dropped as low as the upper 20s. The rainfall average for the week was 1.77 inches, which was 0.73 inches above normal. The central part of the state received the heaviest precipitation with 2.52 inches. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 36 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 22 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.5 out of a possible seven. Planting remains the primary farming activity as wet weather continues to hold progress back. Crops: Condition of the Winter wheat crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 8 percent fair, 62 percent good and 28 percent excellent. Eight percent of the wheat crop was heading by the end of the week compared to 86 percent last year and 30 percent for the five year average. As of Sunday, April 28, 24 percent of corn was in the ground. Corn planting is well behind last year at 84 percent and the five year average of 48 percent. Only 5 percent of the corn crop has emerged at this juncture of the season. Planting pace should pick up as more accommodating weather arrives. Tobacco: At 45 percent, the majority of seeded tobacco transplants are under 2 inches at this time. Thirty-eight percent were 2-4 inches, while 17 percent were larger than 4 inches. PASTURE: The precipitation this past week slightly improved pasture conditions despite cool temperatures. Pasture condition was reported as 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 22 to April 28, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 54 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 64 in the West to 66 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 8 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 45 degrees in the West to 43 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 0 degrees from normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 76 degrees at PEABODY and the extreme low was 28 degrees at HARTFORD 3E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.77 inches statewide which was 0.73 inches above normal and 169% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.87 inches, Central 2.52 inches, Bluegrass 1.33 inches and East 1.37 inches, which was 0.67, 1.46, 0.37 and 0.41 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.38 inches at MORGANFIELD 4E to a high of 4.04 inches at BOWLING GREEN 5S. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 22, 2013 4-13 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Heavy rainfall at mid week hampered field work. There were many farmers still waiting for soils to dry out before resuming corn planting and final field preparation. Temperatures averaged 60 degrees, 4 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous week. Patchy frost reported in some areas of northern and eastern counties. Precipitation averaged 1.64 inches statewide, .66 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 27 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 3.9 out of a possible seven. CROPS: As of April 22, 15 percent of the corn had been planted which is well behind last year’s 73 percent and the five year average of 32 percent. Winter wheat is reported in mostly good to excellent condition with 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 60 percent good and 25 percent excellent. Three percent of the crop was heading at the end of the week. Last year 77 percent had headed and the five year average is 19. TOBACCO: Seeded tobacco transplants were reported mostly good condition with 1 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 64 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. About 9 percent of transplants were over 4 inches in height as of April 22, with 33 percent at 2 to 4 inches and 58 percent under 2 inches high. PASTURE AND HAY: Pastures in most areas showed good growth during the week which allowed cattle producers to reduce feeding of hay. Current pasture condition was reported as mostly good to fair with 2 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. The projected first cutting of alfalfa is May 8th. OTHER CROPS: Strawberry condition was rated as 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Pears, peaches, and apples are beginning to bloom. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 15 to April 21, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 60 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 71 in the West to 73 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 51 degrees in the West to 49 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 88 degrees at CADIZ 4SW and the extreme low was 29 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.64 inches statewide which was 0.66 inches above normal and 166% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.73 inches, Central 1.19 inches, Bluegrass 1.66 inches and East 1.96 inches, which was 0.6, 0.2, 0.76 and 1.04 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.78 inches at MONTICELLO AWOS to a high of 3.86 inches at BOONEVILLE 2S. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 15, 2013 3-13 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Much needed rain and warmer weather improved crop prospects. Corn seeding was underway and farmers were preparing ground, applying fertilizer, and spraying for weed control. Temperatures averaged 61 degrees which was 6 degrees warmer than normal and the first week with above normal temperatures since mid February. Rainfall amounts for the week were above normal with precipitation averaging 1.25 inches statewide which is .23 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 20 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.8 out of a possible seven. CROPS: As of April 15, 7 percent of the corn had been seeded well behind last year’s 55 percent and the average of 18. Most seeding activity occurred in the southwest areas of the state. Farmers expect to seed corn as soon as field conditions permit, and planting could make considerable progress this week. Winter wheat is in mostly good to excellent condition with 1 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 63 percent good and 24 percent excellent. A mild winter has minimized winter kill. Reported wheat stand loss to winter kill was about 2 percent. TOBACCO: Condition of seeded tobacco transplants was reported as mostly good to fair with 1 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. As of April 15, 86 percent of the greenhouse and plant bed seedings had been completed compared with 88 percent last year and the five year average of 85. Fifty-eight percent of transplants had emerged compared with 68 percent last year and the five year average of 58. PASTURE AND HAY: Current pasture condition was reported as mostly good to fair with 3 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Pastures were starting to make good growth. Average height of alfalfa was 6 inches at the end of the week. Many farmers were fertilizing hay and pastures and spraying for weed and insect control. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 8 to April 14, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 61 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees warmer than normal and 12 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 72 in the West to 75 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 50 degrees in the West to 50 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 11 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 89 degrees at PEABODY and the extreme low was 30 degrees at HARTFORD 3E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.25 inches statewide which was 0.23 inches above normal and 123% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.78 inches, Central 1.33 inches, Bluegrass 1.10 inches and East 0.78 inches, which was 0.62, 0.29, 0.18 and -0.16 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.13 inches at LOUISA 1S to a high of 3.01 inches at MURRAY 1W. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 8, 2013 2-13 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Warmer weather finally arrived at the end of the week with temperatures in the 70's. Soil temperatures are still cool which limited field activities to fertilizing and plowing. Temperatures averaged 48 degrees which was 4 degrees below normal. This was the 7th consecutive week with below normal temperatures. Little precipitation was received this week with amounts ranging from none to .52 inches. Average rainfall was .10 inches statewide, which was .89 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 19 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.3 out of a possible seven. Major farm activities this week included reseeding pastures, preparing equipment for planting and some field preparation. Most fruit trees were just beginning to set buds and little frost damage had been reported at this time. A few producers began planting corn over the weekend. TOBACCO: As of Sunday, April 7, 74 percent of the greenhouse and plant bed seedings had been completed compared with 83 percent last year and the five year average of 74. About 37 percent of the transplants had emerged, well behind the 53 percent a year ago and the average of 39. WHEAT: Fall seeded wheat was in mostly good to excellent condition but lack of moisture and cool temper and causing some stress to the crop. Condition of the wheat crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 57 percent good and 21 percent excellent. Average height of the crop was 9 inches. PASTURE & LIVESTOCK: Pasture condition was reported as 6 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 37 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Many operators were still feeding hay and are hoping for rapid forage growth this week as hay supplies are running low in many areas. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 1 to April 7, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 48 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 61 in the West to 59 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 6 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 40 degrees in the West to 37 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 0 degrees from normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 76 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E and the extreme low was 18 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.10 inches statewide which was 0.89 inches below normal and 10% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.06 inches, Central 0.09 inches, Bluegrass 0.03 inches and East 0.20 inches, which was 1.03, 0.94, 0.87 and 0.74 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CALHOUN 5NW to a high of 0.52 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 1, 2013 1-13 Agricultural News: Unseasonably cool temperatures have limited pasture and small grain growth as Kentucky recorded its sixth straight week of below normal temperatures. Below freezing temperatures were experienced over most of the state early in the week. Temperatures averaged 41 degrees for the week, 9 degrees below normal. Soils remain too cool and too wet for most fieldwork. Moisture totals for the week ranged from .10 to 1.45 inches with an average of .50 inches statewide. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 54 percent adequate and 44 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 26 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 2 out of a possible seven. Farm activities this week were limited to securing supplies and preparing farm equipment for planting, and in some cases, finding hay to feed livestock. Tobacco: As of Sunday, March 31, 57 percent of the greenhouse and plant bed seedings had been completed compared with 71 percent last year and the five year average of 60. A few growers have begun transplanting tobacco. Small Grains and Legumes: Fall seeded wheat was in mostly good to excellent condition. Winter kill for wheat was estimated at 2 percent. Condition of the wheat crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 60 percent good and 18 percent excellent. Little growth has taken place so far this spring with some yellowing reported. Alfalfa stand loss was reported at 5 percent, while red clover stand loss was reported at 4 percent. Pasture and Hay: Pasture condition was reported as 6 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 34 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Pastures were meeting about 23 percent of livestock roughage requirements. Farmers statewide had approximately 30 percent of their winter hay supply still on hand, but many operators were looking for additional hay supplies. Most livestock came through the winter in good shape, with only minor loss reported. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 25 to March 31, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 41 degrees across the state which was 9 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 51 in the West to 48 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 12 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 14 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 36 degrees in the West to 32 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 68 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS and the extreme low was 18 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.50 inches statewide which was 0.52 inches below normal and 49% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.66 inches, Central 0.45 inches, Bluegrass 0.30 inches and East 0.60 inches, which was 0.44, 0.63, 0.62 and 0.4 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.08 inches at FORT KNOX to a high of 1.45 inches at PADUCAH ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 18 to March 24, 2013 Well Below 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 39 degrees across the state which was 9 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 47 in the West to 48 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 14 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 12 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 32 degrees in the West to 29 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 7 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 64 degrees at ALBANY 1N and the extreme low was 12 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.98 inches statewide which was 0.94 inches above normal and 190% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.52 inches, Central 2.43 inches, Bluegrass 2.09 inches and East 1.90 inches, which was 0.41, 1.33, 1.15 and 0.88 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.71 inches at HICKMAN 2E to a high of 3.73 inches at COLUMBIA 3N. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 11 to March 17, 2013 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 under a half inch statewide. Temperatures for the period averaged 44 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 54 in the West to 54 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 35 degrees in the West to 36 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 78 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 14 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.33 inches statewide which was 0.35 inches above normal and 135% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.61 inches, Central 1.58 inches, Bluegrass 1.47 inches and East 0.68 inches, which was 0.58, 0.55, 0.57 and -0.30 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.27 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 2.95 inches at MADISONVILLE 4S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 41 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures aveest to 49 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 35 degrees in the West to 30 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 0 degrees from normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 78 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W and the extreme low was 14 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.82 inches statewide which was 0.16 inches below normal and 84% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.45 inches, Central 0.80 inches, Bluegrass 0.69 inches and East 1.34 inches, which was -0.59, -0.23, -0.19 and 0.38 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.08 inches at CALHOUN 5NW to a high of 2.12 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 25 to March 3, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 36 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 43 in the West to 41 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 12 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 13 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 32 degrees in the West to 31 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 63 degrees at ALBANY 1N and the extreme low was 17 degrees at PIKEVILLE 13S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.69 inches statewide which was 0.3 inches below normal and 70% of normal. Prluegrass 0.66 inches and East 0.58 inches, which was 0.24, 0.38, 0.21 and 0.35 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.27 inches at HARRODSBURG 3N to a high of 1.28 inches at BURLINGTON 4S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 18 to February 24, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 37 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 45 in the West to 49 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 7 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 29 degrees in the West to 28 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 64 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL and the extreme low was 13 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.85 inches statewide which was 0.09 inches below normal and 90% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.50 inches, Central 0.80 inches, Bluegrass 0.59 inches and East 0.50 inches, which was 0.44, -0.21, -0.22 and -0.38 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.04 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 2.10 inches at HICKMAN 2E. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 11 to February 17, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 38 degrees across the state which was 0 degrees from normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 48 in the West to 45 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 31 degrees in the West to 30 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 65 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 10 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.13 inches statewide which was 0.78 inches below normal and 14% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.11 inches, Central 0.12 inches, Bluegrass 0.09 inches and East 0.21 inches, which was 0.9, 0.87, 0.69 and 0.64 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 0.51 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period February 4 to February 10, 2013 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, Kentucky stayed fairly dry with only a few minor systems moving thrgrass 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 42 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 54 in the West to 53 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 33 degrees in the West to 31 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 68 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL and the extreme low was 6 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipor the period totaled 0.49 inches statewide which was 0.38 inches below normal and 56% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.85 inches, Central 0.47 inches, Bluegrass 0.33 inches and East 0.33 inches, which was 0.11, 0.49, 0.43 and 0.49 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.12 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 1.18 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 28 to February 3, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 40 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees warmer than normal and 14 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 49 in the West to 47 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 34 degrees in the West to 32 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 78 degrees at JACKSON and the extreme low was 3 degrees at PIKEVILLE 13S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.71 inches statewide which was 0.87 inches above normal and 205% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.83 inches, Central 1.50 inches, Bluegrass 1.57 inches and East 1.94 inches, which was 0.93, 0.59, 0.85 and 1.13 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.50 inches at JACKSON AIRPORT to a high of 2.69 inches at PEABODY. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 21 to January 27, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 27 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees cooler than normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 37 in the West to 34 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 7 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 10 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 22 degrees in the West to 19 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 52 degrees at HICKMAN 2E and the extreme low was 6 degrees at PIKEVILLE 13S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.16 inches statewide which was 0.64 inches below normal and 20% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.17 inches, Central 0.26 inches, Bluegrass 0.03 inches and East 0.18 inches, which was 0.68, 0.59, 0.66 and 0.62 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 0.57 inches at ALBANY 1N. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 14 to January 20, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 35 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 14 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 41 in the West to 42 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 27 degrees in the West to 31 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 58 degrees at HARTFORD 3E and the extreme low was 16 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.73 inches statewide which was 0.11 inches below normal and 87% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.08 inches, Central 0.47 inches, Bluegrass 0.55 inches and East 1.82 inches, which was -0.80, -0.42, -0.17 and 0.96 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 2.97 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period January 7 to January 13, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 49 degrees across the state which was 16 degrees warmer than normal and 16 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 59 in the West to 58 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 16 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 14 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 39 degrees in the West to 43 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 13 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 19 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 72 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E and the extreme low was 16 degrees at CADIZ 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.60 inches statewide which was 1.72 inches above normal and 295% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 4.32 inches, Central 3.17 inches, Bluegrass 2.09 inches and East 0.84 inches, which was 3.40, 2.23, 1.34 and -0.07 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.24 inches at JACKSON AIRPORT to a high of 6.30 inches at PADUCAH ASOS. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 31, 2012 to January 6, 2013 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 32 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 39 in the West to 39 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 24 degrees in the West to 27 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 48 degrees at ALBANY 1N and the extreme low was 11 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.25 inches statewide which was 0.64 inches below normal and 28% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.23 inches, Central 0.27 inches, Bluegrass 0.20 inches and East 0.29 inches, which was 0.7, 0.69, 0.57 and 0.61 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.03 inches at CINCINNATI to a high of 0.50 inches at TRIANGLE MOUNTAIN. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 24 to December 30, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 34 degrees across the state which was 1 degrees cooler than normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 38 in the West to 39 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 6 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 29 degrees in the West to 31 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 57 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 6 degrees at HENDERSON 5E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.24 inches statewide which was 0.31 inches above normal and 133% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.16 inches, Central 1.43 inches, Bluegrass 1.16 inches and East 1.20 inches, which was 0.19, 0.42, 0.33 and 0.29 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.37 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 1.98 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 17 to December 23, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 42 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 54 in the West to 49 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 34 degrees in the West to 34 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 64 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 17 degrees at FORT KNOX. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.10 inches statewide which was 0.14 inches above normal and 114% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.54 inches, Central 1.17 inches, Bluegrass 1.47 inches and East 1.24 inches, which was -0.51, 0.12, 0.63 and 0.32 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.32 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS to a high of 2.18 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 10 to December 16, 2012 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, ees for this time 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 42 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 12 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 52 in the West to 52 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 33 degrees in the West to 33 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 65 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E and the extreme low was 17 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.05 inches statewide which was 0.04 inches above normal and 104% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.67 inches, Central 1.09 inches, Bluegrass 1.23 inches and East 1.21 inches, which was -0.43, -0.02, 0.35 and 0.25 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.13 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 1.92 inches at JACKSON AIRPORT. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 3 to December 9, 2012 Well Above Normal Temperatures and Well Above Normal Rainfall This pastite 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 55 degrees across the state which was 15 degrees warmer than normal and 10 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperature West to 62 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 12 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 11 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 49 degrees in the West to 48 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 17 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 19 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 75 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 23 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.90 inches statewide which was 0.82 inches above normal and 177% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.55 inches, Central 2.33 inches, Bluegrass 2.17 inches and East 1.57 inches, which was 0.34, 1.18, 1.24 and 0.56 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.37 inches at MIDDLESBORO AWOS to a high of 3.45 inches at SHELBYVILLE 10W. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 26 to December 2, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averagees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 57 in the West to 55 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 36 degrees in the West to 34 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 72 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E and the extreme low was 16 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.39 inches statewide which was 0.69 inches below normal and 36% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.44 inches, Central 0.29 inches, Bluegrass 0.56 inches and East 0.26 inches, which was 0.82, 0.87, 0.35 and 0.75 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.03 inches at CARBONDALE ASOS to a high of 1.30 inches at BENTON 4N. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 26, 2012 35-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall this week. There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork out of a possible seven this past week. Rain for the week totaled .02 inches, 1 inch below normal and the 7th straight week of below normal rainfall. Temperatures for the period averaged 46 degrees across the state, which was 1 degree warmer than normal, and 4 degrees warmer than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 30 percent short, 61 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 13 percent very short, 34 percent short, 51 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. TOBACCO: Stripped tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. The amount of burley tobacco already stripped was cent. Stripping progress has been delayed because some producers are waiting for moisture to bring tobacco into case. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Winter Wheat seeded was reported at 96 percent, slightly above the five-year average of 95 percent. The winter wheat condition was rated 1 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 70 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Pasture conditions have declined slightly this past week. Pastures were rated as 5 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 19 to November 25, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 46 degrees across the state which was 1 degree warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 59 in the West to 58 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 35 degrees in the West to 33 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 73 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 17 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaledwhich was 1 inch below normal and 2% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.02 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.01 inches and East 0.05 inches, which was 1.16, 1.09, 0.88 and 0.89 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 0.14 inches at JACKSON. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 19, 2012 34-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and below normal rainfall this week. There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork out of a possible seven this past week. Rain for the week totaled 0.79 inches, 0.15 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 42 degrees across the state, which was 5 degrees cooler than normal, and was 6 degrees cooler than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 19 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 8 percent very short, 30 percent short, 60 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. SOYBEANS: As of Sunday, November 18, Ninety-six percent of the soybeans had been harvested, compared with 97 percent last year and five-year average of 95 percent. TOBACCO: Stripped tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. The amount of burley tobacco already stripped was 39 percent, compared with 47 percent last year and five- year average of 52 percent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Winter Wheat seeded was reported at 91 percent, slightly below of last year’s 97 percent, but the same as the five-year average of 91 percent. The winter wheat condition was rated 1 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Pasture conditions have declined slightly this past week. Pastures were rated as 4 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 12 to November 18, 2012 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 the state 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 42 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 55 in the West to 56 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 29 degrees in the West to 29 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 71 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 18 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.79 inches statewide which was 0.15 inches below normal and 84% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.98 inches, Central 0.85 inches, Bluegrass 0.79 inches and East 0.55 inches, which was 0.12, 0.13, 0.02 and 0.3 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.15 inches at LOUISA 1S to a high of 1.76 inches at JACKSON AIRPORT. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 12, 2012 33-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: This past week was rather quiet with dry conditions dominating across the Commonwealth, but ended with a rumble on Saturday with a 4.3 magnitude earthquake centered in southeastern Kentucky. Kentucky experienced below normal temperatures and below normal rainfall. There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork out of a possible seven this past week. Rain for the week totaled 0.08 inches, 0.71 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 48 degrees across the state, which was 2 degrees cooler than normal, and was 4 degrees warmer than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 22 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 8 percent very short, 33 percent short, 57 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. SOYBEANS: As of Sunday, November 11, 91 percent of the soybeans had been harvested, compared with 87 percent last year and five-year average of 88 percent. TOBACCO: Stripped tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 67 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. The amount of burley tobacco already stripped was 33 percent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Winter Wheat seeded was reported at 85 percent, slightly below of last year’s 86 percent, and the five-year average of 82 percent. The winter wheat condition was rated 1 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 70 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Pasture conditions have remained relatively steady over the past month. Pastures were rated as 2 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 5 to November 11, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 48 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 60 in the West to 60 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 40 degrees in the West to 34 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 0 degrees from normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 76 degrees at PEABODY and the extreme low was 21 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.08 inches statewide which was 0.71 inches below normal and 10% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.13 inches, Central 0.12 inches, Bluegrass 0.04 inches and East 0.03 inches, which was 0.8, 0.71, 0.65 and 0.69 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALEXANDRIA 5NW to a high of 0.36 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., November 5, 2012 32-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced windy conditions and very cool temperatures as remnants of Hurricane Sandy passed through the area. Cold air made for highs only getting into the upper 30s and lower 40s for eastern and Bluegrass portions of Kentucky. Kentucky experienced 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork out of a possible seven this past week. Rain for the week totaled 0.45 inches, 0.31 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 45 degrees across the state, which was 7 degrees cooler than normal, and was 14 degrees cooler than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 17 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 30 percent short, 57 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. CROPS: As of Sunday, November 4, 98 percent of the corn had been harvested, compared with 95 percent last year and five-year average of 94 percent. Eighty-three percent of soybeans have been harvested, compared with 77 percent last year and the five-year average of 78 percent. TOBACCO: Stripped tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. The amount of burley tobacco already stripped was 26 percent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Winter Wheat seeded was reported at 75 percent, slightly ahead of last year’s 74 percent, and the five-year average of 71 percent. The winter wheat condition was rated 1 percent poor, 18 percent fair, 65 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Pasture conditions have remained relatively steady over the past month. Pastures were rated as 4 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 29 to November 4, 2012 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 Kentucky has 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 45 degrees across the state which was 7 degrees cooler than normal and 14 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 59 in the West to 49 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 15 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 36 degrees in the West to 37 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 76 degrees at MURRAY 1W and the extreme low was 22 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.45 inches statewide which was 0.31 inches below normal and 59% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.00 inches, Central 0.06 inches, Bluegrass 0.62 inches and East 1.12 inches, which was -0.85, -0.73, -0.08 and 0.41 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BENTON 4N to a high of 2.95 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 29, 2012 31-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced the last of Indian summer this past week. While most of the week was on the warm side, cooler temperatures set in by the end of the week. Kentucky experienced 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork out of a possible seven this past week. Rain for the week totaled 0.53 inches, 0.21 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 59 degrees across the state, which was 4 degrees warmer than normal, and was 2 degrees warmer than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 19 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 10 percent very short, 32 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. In addition to stripping of tobacco, wheat seeding and the harvesting of late fall crops, many farmers were busy getting their operations ready for the coming winter months. CROPS: As of Sunday October 28, 96 percent of the corn had been harvested, compared with 91 percent last year and five-year average of 90 percent. Ninety- four percent of the soybean crop was rated as mature compared with last year at 96 percent and the five-year average of 97 percent. Seventy percent of soybeans have been harvested, compared with 64 percent last year and the five-year average of 67 percent. TOBACCO: Housed tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. The amount of burley tobacco already stripped was 18 percent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Winter Wheat seeded was reported at 61 percent, slightly ahead of last years 57 percent, and the five-year average of 57 percent. The winter wheat condition was rated 1 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Pasture conditions have held relatively steady over the past three weeks due to moisture received and seasonal temperatures. Pastures were rated as 4 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 37 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 22 to October 28, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 59 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 70 in the West to 70 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 50 degrees in the West to 49 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 84 degrees at OWENSBORO AWSS and the extreme low was 32 degrees at PIKEVILLE 13S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.53 inches statewide which was 0.21 inches below normal and 72% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.60 inches, Central 0.32 inches, Bluegrass 0.52 inches and East 0.70 inches, which was -0.22, -0.43, -0.16 and 0.00 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.08 inches at SOMERSET AWOS to a high of 1.35 inches at VANCEBURG 6W. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 22, 2012 30-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced another chilly week. While most of the week was on the cool side, warmer temperatures set in by the end of the week. Kentucky experienced 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork out of a possible seven this past week. Rain for the week totaled 0.48 inches, 0.22 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 56 degrees across the state, which was 1 degree cooler than normal, and was 2 degrees warmer than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 18 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 10 percent very short, 29 percent short, 58 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. CROPS: As of Sunday October 21, ninety-four percent of the corn had been harvested, compared with last year and five-year average of 85 percent. Soybeans shedding leaves reached 94 percent, compared with 97 percent last year and 98 percent for the five-year average. Eighty-two percent of the soybean crop rated as mature compared with last year at 83 percent and the 5-year average of 89 percent. Fifty-four percent of soybeans have been harvested, compared with 51 percent last year and the five-year average of 57 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was reported as 6 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 39 percent good and 17 percent excellent. TOBACCO: Housed tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. The amount of tobacco already stripped was 16 percent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Winter Wheat seeded was reported at 40 percent, slightly ahead of last years 36 percent, and the five-year average of 42. Pasture conditions continue to improve with moisture and cooler temperatures. Pastures were rated as 3 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 15 to October 21, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 56 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 70 in the West to 65 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 47 degrees in the West to 45 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 81 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 32 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.48 inches statewide which was 0.22 inches below normal and 69% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.88 inches, Central 0.49 inches, Bluegrass 0.27 inches and East 0.26 inches, which was 0.12, -0.22, -0.38 and -0.41 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at JACKSON AIRPORT to a high of 1.01 inches at EVANSVILLE ASOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 15, 2012 29-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced a wide swing in temperatures this last week. Temperatures ranged from the upper 20’s to low 80’s. Temperatures were coolest Thursday morning, but rebounded by the end of the week. Kentucky experienced 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork out of a possible seven this past week. Rain for the week totaled 0.28 inches, 0.45 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 54 degrees across the state, which was 5 degrees cooler than normal, and was 6 degrees cooler than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 16 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 11 percent very short, 30 percent short, 56 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. CROPS: As of Sunday October 14, ninety-one percent of the corn had been harvested, compared with last year’s 77 percent and the five-year average of 80 percent. Soybeans shedding leaves reached 89 percent, compared with 88 percent last year and 93 percent for the five-year average. Seventy-three percent of the soybean crop rated as mature compared with last year at 68 percent and the 5- year average of 78 percent. Forty-two percent of soybeans have been harvested, compared with 35 percent last year and the five-year average of 42 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was reported as 9 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 37 percent good and 14 percent excellent. TOBACCO: Housed tobacco condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. The amount of tobacco ready for stripping was 24 percent, while the amount of tobacco already stripped was 8 percent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Winter Wheat seeded was reported at 21 percent, slightly ahead of last year’s 18 percent, but the same as the five-year average. Pasture conditions continue to improve with moisture and cooler temperatures. Pastures were rated as 4 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 8 to October 14, 2012 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 wasn’t 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 54 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 67 in the West to 64 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 47 degrees in the West to 41 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 82 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 26 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.28 inches statewide which was 0.45 inches below normal and 38% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.69 inches, Central 0.11 inches, Bluegrass 0.07 inches and East 0.25 inches, which was 0.05, 0.65, 0.64 and 0.48 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CARLISLE 5SW to a high of 3.00 inches at MAYFIELD 6SW. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 9, 2012 28-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky weather seemed to be on a roller coaster last week with mid-week temperatures in many areas topping 80, but ending the week with highs dropping to the upper 50s. Kentucky experienced 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork out of a possible seven this past week. Rain for the week totaled 1.17 inches, 0.38 inches above normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 59 degrees across the state, which was 2 degrees cooler than normal, and was 6 degrees cooler than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 15 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 14 percent very short, 30 percent short, 52 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. CROPS: As of Sunday October 7, 99 percent of the corn has reached the mature stage, compared with 95 percent last year and the five-year average of 96 percent. Eighty-seven percent of the corn has been harvested, compared with last years 66 percent and the five-year average of 71 percent. Soybeans shedding leaves reached 82 percent, compared with 81 percent last year and 86 percent for the five-year average. Sixty-three percent of the soybean crop rated as mature compared with last year at 52 percent and the 5-year average of 65 percent. Thirty-four percent of soybeans have been harvested, compared with 18 percent last year and the five- year average of 28 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was reported as 8 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 37 percent good and 12 percent excellent. TOBACCO: Housed tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Eight-five percent of the burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 95 percent last year, and 97 percent for the five-year average. Ninety-one percent of the dark tobacco has been cut, compared to 98 percent last year and 96 percent for the five-year average. The amount of tobacco ready for stripping was 18 percent, while the amount of tobacco already stripped was 4 percent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Winter Wheat seeded was reported at 11 percent, slightly ahead of last years 8 percent, but the same as the five-year average of 11 percent. Pasture conditions continue to improve with moisture and cooler temperatures. Pastures were rated as 6 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 32 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 1 to October 7, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 59 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 66 in the West to 70 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 9 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 50 degrees in the West to 53 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 83 degrees at BIG SANDY and the extreme low was 34 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.17 inches statewide which was 0.38 inches above normal and 147% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.13 inches, Central 1.50 inches, Bluegrass 0.88 inches and East 1.18 inches, which was 0.31, 0.67, 0.14 and 0.39 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.24 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 3.55 inches at SOMERSET AWOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., October 1, 2012 27-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Widespread showers swept across Kentucky last week, but cleared out just in time for the weekend. Farm operators were periodically kept out of fields with 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork out of a possible seven this past week. Rain for the week totaled 1.27 inches, 0.44 inches above normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 64 degrees across the state, which is normal for this time of year, but was 2 degrees warmer than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 22 percent short, 63 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 17 percent very short, 32 percent short, 47 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. CROPS: As of Sunday September 30, condition of the corn crop was rated as 47 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 5 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Ninety-eight percent of the corn has reached the mature stage, compared with 90 percent last year and the five-year average of 93 percent. Eighty percent of the corn has been harvested, compared with last year’s 53 percent and the five-year average of 58 percent. Soybeans shedding leaves reached 72 percent, compared with 68 percent last year and 74 percent for the five-year average. Half of the soybean crop rated as mature compared with last year at 38 percent and the 5-year average of 45 percent. Twenty-six percent of soybeans have been harvested, compared with 8 percent last year and the five- year average of 14 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was reported as 8 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 38 percent good and 11 percent excellent. TOBACCO: Housed tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Eighty percent of the burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 82 percent last year, and 89 percent for the five-year average. Eighty-eight percent of the dark tobacco has been cut, compared to 90 percent last year and 87 percent for the five-year average. The amount of tobacco ready for stripping was 12 percent, while the amount of tobacco already stripped was 1 percent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Winter Wheat seeded was reported at 6 percent. Pasture conditions improved slightly over the last week, due to rain and cooler temperatures. Pastures were rated as 8 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 30 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 24 to September 30, 2012 Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall The last week of September followed the same wet pattern Kentucky had 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 64 degrees across the state which was 0 degrees from normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 77 in the West to 72 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 56 degrees in the West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 32 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.27 inches statewide which was 0.44 inches above normal and 153% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.34 inches, Central 1.10 inches, Bluegrass 1.42 inches and East 1.23 inches, which was 0.49, 0.2, 0.66 and 0.41 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.18 inches at SCOTTSVILLE 2W to a high of 3.31 inches at FORT KNOX. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 24, 2012 26-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Colder temperatures moved in across the state last week as multiple frontal passages ushered cool air down from Canada. Kentucky experienced 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork out of a possible seven this past week. Rain for the week totaled just 1.32 inches, 0.48 inches above normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 62 degrees across the state, which is 5 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 29 percent short, 60 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 20 percent very short, 36 percent short, 42 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. CROPS: As of Sunday September 23, condition of the corn crop was rated as 47 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 5 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Ninety-six percent of the corn has reached the mature stage, compared with 83 percent last year and the five-year average of 86 percent. Seventy-one percent of the corn has been harvested, compared with last year’s 41 percent and the five-year average of 45 percent. Soybeans shedding leaves reached 59 percent, compared with 50 percent last year and 59 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans rated as mature were reported at 34 percent, ahead of both last year at 22 percent and the 5-year average of 30 percent. Thirteen percent of soybeans have been harvested, compared with 3 percent last year and the five-year average of 7 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was reported as 10 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 35 percent good and 11 percent excellent. Soybeans considered safe from frost damage was 74 percent. TOBACCO: Housed tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Seventy-one percent of the burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 73 percent last year, and 81 percent for the five-year average. Eighty-one percent of the dark tobacco has been cut, compared to 84 percent last year and 80 percent for the five-year average. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Winter Wheat seeded was reported at 3 percent. Pasture conditions have improved with previous rains, but would benefit from more rain. Pastures were rated as 10 percent very poor, 22 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 25 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 17 to September 23, 2012 Well Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normalratures 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 Kentucky has 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 62 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 74 in the West to 71 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 7 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 7 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 52 degrees in the West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 84 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 33 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.32 inches statewide which was 0.48 inches above normal and 157% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.52 inches, Central 1.21 inches, Bluegrass 0.79 inches and East 2.76 inches, which was -0.33, 0.29, 0.03 and 1.93 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at CARBONDALE ASOS to a high of 3.92 inches at LONDON. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 17, 2012 25-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: It was beautiful and mostly rain-free across the state last week. Kentucky experienced 6.2 days suitable foast week. Rain for the week totaled just 0.06 inches, 0.78 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees across the state, which is 2 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 36 percent short, 53 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 24 percent very short, 40 percent short, 35 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. CROPS: As of Sunday September 16, condition of the corn crop was rated as 47 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 5 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Ninety-nine percent of the corn reached the dent stage, compared with 89 percent last year and 95 percent for the five-year average. Ninety-three percent of the corn has reached the mature stage, compared with 71 percent last year and the five-year average of 76 percent. Sixty percent of the corn has been harvested, compared with last years 28 percent and the five-year average of 33 percent. Soybeans shedding leaves reached 49 percent, compared with 31 percent last year and 39 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans rated as mature were reported at 27 percent, ahead of both last year at 6 percent and the 5-year average of 15 percent. Ten percent of soybeans have been harvested, compared with the 5-year average of 3 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was reported as 13 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 25 percent good and 7 percent excellent. TOBACCO: Housed tobacco condition was rated at 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Sixty percent of the burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 66 percent last year, and 73 percent for the five-year average. Seventy percent of the dark tobacco has been cut, compared to 74 percent last year and 71 percent for the five-year average. Fifteen percent of housed tobacco showed signs of houseburn. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Pasture conditions have improved with previous rains, but would benefit from more rain. Pastures were rated as 13 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 22 percent good, and 2 percent eximate Summary For the Period September 10 to September 16, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 79 in the West to 78 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 59 degrees in the West to 56 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 0 degrees from normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at OWENSBORO AWSS and the extreme low was 44 degrees at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.06 inches statewide which was 0.78 inches below normal and 7% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.19 inches, Central 0.05 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches, which was 0.67, 0.89, 0.76 and 0.82 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 0.93 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 10, 2012 24-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Significant and beneficial rains were received across the state last week. Kentucky experienced 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork out of a possible seven this past week. Rain for the week totaled 2.12 inches, 1.33 inches above normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 74 degrees across the state which is 2 degrees warmer than normal, but 4 degrees cooler than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 31 percent short, 56 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 24 percent very short, 38 percent short, 36 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. CROPS: As of Sunday September 9, condition of the corn crop was rated as 48 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 5 percent good and 2 percent excellent. Ninety-six percent of the corn reached the dent stage, compared with 78 percent last year and 89 percent for the five-year average. Eighty-six percent of the corn has reached the mature stage, compared with 52 percent last year and the five-year average of 64 percent. Forty-seven percent of the corn has been harvested, compared with last years 16 percent and the five-year average of 21 percent. Soybeans shedding leaves reached 36 percent, compared with 19 percent last year and 21 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans rated as mature were reported at 13 percent, ahead of the 5-year average of 5 percent. Four percent of soybeans have been harvested. Condition of the soybean crop was reported as 15 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 25 percent good and 8 percent excellent. TOBACCO: Set tobacco condition was rated at 5 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. 50 percent of the burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 55 percent last year, and 61 percent for the five-year average. Half of the dark tobacco has been cut, compared to 59 percent last year and 60 percent for the five-year average. Housed tobacco condition was rated at 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Tobacco curing conditions were improved by the cooler temperatures and increased moisture. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Pasture conditions improved with recent rains and were rated as 15 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 20 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Last weeks rains should have been a boon to not only pastures, but also ponds and streams. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 3 to September 9, 2012 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 Kentucky has 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 74 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 85 in the West to 82 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 66 degrees in the West to 65 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 96 degrees at OWENSBORO AWSS and the extreme low was 48 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.12 inches statewide which was 1.33 inches above normal and 268% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.08 inches, Central 2.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.86 inches and East 1.53 inches, which was 1.33, 1.12, 2.12 and 0.74 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.38 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS to a high of 5.06 inches at CARROLLTON 2E. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., September 4, 2012 23-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork out of a possible seven this past week. Rain for the week totaled 1.25 inches, 0.51 inches above normal, and most of that occurred this past weekend from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which is 4 degrees warmer than normal and 6 degrees warmer than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 27 percent very short, 37 percent short, 34 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 37 percent very short, 39 percent short, 23 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. There have been a few reports of fall army worms in the western part of the State in conjunction with the grain harvest. CROPS: As of Sunday September 2nd, condition of the corn crop was rated as 45 percent very poor, 35 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 5 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Ninety-three percent of the corn reached the dent stage, compared with 67 percent last year and 82 percent for the five-year average. Seventy-eight percent of the corn has reached the mature stage, compared with the five-year average of 49 percent. Thirty-seven percent of the corn has been harvested, compared withent. Soybeans setting pods reached 92 percent, compared with 88 percent last year and 92 percent for the five-year average. Twenty-two percent of the soybeans were reported to be dropping their leaves, compared to 8 percent last year and 10 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans rated as mature were reported at 5 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was reported as 20 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 21 percent good and 4 percent excellent. TOBACCO: Set tobacco condition was rated at 7 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. There have been random reports of black shank in the fields. Burley tobacco topped was 83 percent, compared with 91 percent last year and 95 percent for the five-year average. Thirty-four percent of the burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 45 percent last year, and 49 percent for the five-year average. Forty percent of the dark tobacco has been cut, compared to 46 percent last year and 48 percent for the five-year average. Housed tobacco condition was rated at 4 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Of the tobacco which has been housed, eight percent is showing evidence of houseburn. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Pasture conditions were rated as 27 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 14 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. This past weekends rain was very beneficial, but more precipitation is needed to restore the pasture base. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 27 to September 2, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 89 in the West to 88 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 70 degrees in the West to 66 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 100 degrees at OWENSBORO AWSS and the extreme low was 51 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.25 inches statewide which was 0.51 inches above normal and 168% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.01 inches, Central 1.46 inches, Bluegrass 1.00 inches and East 0.52 inches, which was 1.33, 0.66, 0.27 and -0.25 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S to a high of 5.43 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 27, 2012 22-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced both below average rainfall and temperatures last week. Rain for the week totaled 0.05 inches, 0.75 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which is 3 degrees cooler than normal, but the same as the last reporting period. Topsoil moisture was rated 28 percent very short, 39 percent short, 31 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 34 percent very short, 36 percent short, 29 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.5 out of a possible seven. CROPS: As of Sunday August 26th, condition of the corn crop was rated as 45 percent very poor, 38 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 2 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Ninety-four percent of corn had reached the dough stage, compared with 72 percent last year and the five-year average of 86 percent. Eighty-seven percent of the corn reached the dent stage, compared with 51 percent last year and 68 percent for the five-year average. Sixty-eight percent of the corn has reached the mature stage, compared with the five year average of 30 percent. Twenty-five percent of the corn has been harvested, compared to the five year average of 3 percent. Soybeans setting pods reached 87 percent, compared with 77 percent last year and 84 percent for the five-year average. Thirteen percent of the soybeans were reported to be dropping their leaves, compared to 3 percent last year and 4 percent for the 5 year average. Condition of the soybean crop was reported as 18 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 21 percent good and 6 percent excellent. TOBACCO: Burley tobacco topped was 70 percent, compared with 77 percent last year and 85 percent for the five-year average. Twenty-two percent of the burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 30 percent last year, and 33 percent for the five-year average. Twenty-two percent of the dark tobacco has been cut, compared to 35 percent last year and 36 percent for the five-year average. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 5 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. The more moderate temperatures received this past week should continue to help the tobacco crop but all field crops still maturing are still short on adequate precipitation. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Condition of the State’s pasture base experienced a slight decline this past week due to the lack of rain even though temperatures were below normal. Pasture conditions were rated as 23 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 16 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 20 to August 26, 2012 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 has not 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 89 in the West to 85 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 60 degrees in the West to 57 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 98 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW and the extreme low was 49 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.05 inches statewide which was 0.75 inches below normal and 6% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.06 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.08 inches and East 0.06 inches, which was 0.66, 0.81, 0.72 and 0.8 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 0.83 inches at CADIZ 4SW. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 20, 2012 21-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced below average rainfall and cooler temperatures last week. Rain for the week totaled 0.77 inches, 0.09 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which is 4 degrees cooler than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 25 percent very short, 27 percent short, 45 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 32 percent very short, 32 percent short, 34 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.8 out of a possible seven. CROPS: As of Sunday August 19th, condition of the corn crop was rated as 45 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 5 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Eighty-eight percent of corn had reached the dough stage, compared with 59 percent last year and the five-year average of 73 percent. Seventy-eight percent of the corn reached the dent stage, compared with 36 percent last year and 50 percent for the five-year average. Fifty-five percent of the corn has reached the mature stage, compared with the five year average of 10 percent. Eleven percent of the corn has been harvested. Soybeans blooming reached 91 percent, compared with 87 percent from the previous year and 90 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans setting pods reached 79 percent, compared with 63 percent last year and 72 percent for the five-year average. Nine percent of the soybeans were reported to be dropping their leaves. Condition of the soybean crop was reported as 19 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 21 percent good and 4 percent excellent. TOBACCO: Eighty-five percent of burley tobacco was blooming, which matched the same as last year. Burley tobacco topped was 64 percent, compared with 62 percent last year and 72 percent for the five-year average. Dark Tobacco had 91 percent topped, compared with 87 percent last year and 86 percent for the five- year average. Seventeen percent of the burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 13 percent last year, and 17 percent for the five-year average. Fourteen percent of the dark tobacco has been cut, compared to 21 percent last year and 16 percent for the five-year average. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 9 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Cooler temperatures received this past week should continue to benefit the tobacco crop, but there are always concerns about how it will cure in the barns after it is cut. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Condition of the State’s pasture base continues to improve with the cooler temperatures and intermittent rains. Pasture conditions were rated as 23 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 16 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 13 to August 19, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 83 in the West to 80 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 6 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 62 degrees in the West to 62 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 0 degrees from normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 98 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW and the extreme low was 49 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.77 inches statewide which was 0.09 inches below normal and 90% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.54 inches, Central 0.80 inches, Bluegrass 0.22 inches and East 0.52 inches, which was 0.76, -0.05, -0.65 and -0.41 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at LEXINGTON APT to a high of 4.05 inches at MARION 4NE. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 13, 2012 20-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced below average rainfall and cooler temperatures last week. Rain for the week totaled 0.48 inches, 0.42 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 75 degrees across the state which is the normal temperature. Topsoil moisture was rated 27 percent very short, 27 percent short, 41 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 32 percent very short, 35 percent short, 30 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven. CROPS: As of Sunday August 12th, condition of the corn crop was rated as 44 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 5 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Corn milking was at 90 percent by the end of the week, compared with 67 percent last year and the five-year average of 80 percent. Seventy seven percent of corn reached the dough stage, compared with 44 percent last year and the five-year average of 58 percent. Sixty four percent of the corn reached the dent stage, compared with 24 percent last year and 35 percent for the five-year average. Thirty percent of the corn has reached the mature stage, compared with the five year average of 3 percent. Four percent of the corn has been harvested. Soybeans blooming reached 85 percent, compared with 80 percent from the previous year and 84 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans setting pods reached 67 percent, compared with 52 percent last year and 59 percent for the five-year average. Condition of the soybean crop improved slightly with 19 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 20 percent good and 4 percent excellent. TOBACCO: Seventy four percent of burley tobacco was blooming, compared with 71 percent last year and 75 percent for the five-year average. The dark tobacco had 95 percent blooming, compared with 97 percent last year and 88 percent for the five-year average. Burley tobacco topped was 49 percent, compared with 44 percent last year and 57 percent for the five-year average. Dark Tobacco had 83 percent topped, compared with 75 percent last year and 78 percent for the five- year average. Six percent of the burley tobacco has been cut, compared to 6 percent last year, and 7 percent for the five year average. Five percent of the dark tobacco has been cut, compared to 9 percent last year and 5 percent for the five year average. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 8 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Rainfall received this past week should continue to benefit the tobacco crop, but there are a few reports of black shank in the tobacco. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Condition of pasture improved with 27 percent rated as very poor, 25 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 16 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Rains that were received this past week continues to improve pastures. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period August 6 to August 12, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 75 degrees across the state which was 0 degrees from normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 89 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 64 degrees in the West to 64 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 100 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW and the extreme low was 49 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.48 inches statewide wipitation totals by climate division, West 0.09 inches, Central 0.14 inches, Bluegrass 0.75 inches and East 0.93 inches, which was 0.76, 0.73, 0.13 and 0.06 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BENTON 4N to a high of 2.79 inches at OWENTON 5E. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., August 6, 2012 19-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced above normal rainfall and temperatures last week. Rain for the week totaled 1.34 inches, 0.38 inches above normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 80 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 28 percent very short, 29 percent short, 39 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 33 percent very short, 36 percent short, 29 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.6 out of a possible seven. CROPS: As of Sunday August 5th, condition of the corn crop was rated as 42 percent very poor, 35 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 5 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Corn silking was at 96 percent by the end of the week, compared with 80 percent last year and the five- year average of 90 percent. Eighty one percent of corn reached the milk stage, compared with 53 percent last year and the five-year average of 65 percent. Sixty two percent of the corn reached the dough stage, compared with 32 percent last year and 41 percent for the five-year average. Forty four percent of the corn has reached the dent stage, compared with 12 percent last year and 19 percent for the five-year average. Ten percent of the corn crop had reached maturity. Soybeans blooming reached 79 percent, compared with 68 percent from previous year and 75 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans setting pods reached 57 percent, compared with 37 percent last year and 44 percent for the five-year average. Condition of the soybean crop improved slightly with 19 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 18 percent good and 4 percent excellent. Farmers in areas hit worst by dry conditions are starting to harvest their corn for grain. TOBACCO: Sixty four percent of burley tobacco was blooming, compared with 56 percent last year and 61 percent for the five-year average. The dark tobacco had 87 percent blooming, compared with 84 percent last year and 76 percent for the five-year average. Burley tobacco topped was 35 percent, compared with 28 percent last year and 37 percent for the five-year average. Dark Tobacco had 72 percent topped, compared with 61 percent last year and 65 percent for the five- year average. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 9 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 32 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Rainfall received this past week should continue to benefit the tobacco crop. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Condition of pasture is rated as 27 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 14 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Rains that were received this past week continues to improve pastures and hay fields a little bit, but more rain is needed. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 30 to August 5, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 80 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 94 in the West to 87 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 0 degrees from normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 72 degrees in the West to 67 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 101 degrees at BENTON 4N and the extreme low was 60 degrees at HENDERSON 5E. Precipitation (liq. equ.) statewide which was 0.38 inches above normal and 140% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.49 inches, Central 2.10 inches, Bluegrass 0.61 inches and East 1.15 inches, which was 0.57, 1.17, -0.33 and 0.11 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BURLINGTON 4S to a high of 6.48 inches at ELIZABETHTOWN 8W. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 30, 2012 18-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced above normal rainfall and temperatures last week. Rain for the week totaled 1.17 inches, 0.19 inches above normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 81 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 33 percent very short, 27 percent short, 36 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 38 percent very short, 34 percent short, 25 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.5 out of a possible seven. CROPS: As of Sunday July 29th, condition of the corn crop was rated as 45 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 5 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Corn silking was at 92 percent by the end of the week, compared with 71 percent last year and the five-year average of 82 percent. Seventy three percent of corn reached the milk stage, compared with 41 percent last year and the five-year average of 49 percent. Fifty one percent of the corn reached the dough stage, compared with 22 percent last year and 26 percent for the five-year average. Twenty nine percent of the corn has reached the dent stage, compared with 4 percent last year and 7 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans blooming reached 70 percent, compared with 56 percent from previous year and 62 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans setting pods reached 43 percent, compared with 22 percent last year and 27 percent for the five-year average. Condition of the soybean crop was rated as 23 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 16 percent good and 2 percent excellent. The rains received this past week has helped improve the soybean crop conditions, but still need more rain for further development. Farmers in areas hit worst by dry conditions are harvesting their poorer corn fields for silage. TOBACCO: Fifty two percent of burley tobacco was blooming, compared with 40 percent last year and 44 percent for the five-year average. The dark tobacco had 76 percent blooming, compared with 74 percent last year and 67 percent for the five-year average. Burley tobacco topped was 23 percent, compared with 16 percent last year and 22 percent for the five-year average. Dark Tobacco had 50 percent topped, compared with 46 percent last year and 50 percent for the five- year average. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 10 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 29 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Rainfall received this past week should continue to benefit the tobacco crop. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Condition of pasture is rated as 32 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 10 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. The condition of the hay crop is rated as 21 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 17 percent good and 1 excellent. Rains that were received this past week has improved pastures and hay fields a little bit, but more rain is needed. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 23 to July 29, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 81 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 95 in the West to 88 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 72 degrees in the West to 69 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperatures ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer treme high temperature for the period was 106 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS and the extreme low was 60 degrees at MCKEE 5S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.17 inches statewide which was 0.19 inches above normal and 119% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.44 inches, Central 1.12 inches, Bluegrass 1.79 inches and East 1.33 inches, which was -0.50, 0.13, 0.82 and 0.31 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.03 inches at OWENSBORO AWSS to a high of 5.15 inches at MAYSVILLE 3SW. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 23, 2012 17-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced above normal rainfall and temperatures last week. Rain for the week totaled 1.15 inches, 0.18 inches above normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 80 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 34 percent very short, 29 percent short, 34 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 39 percent very short, 38 percent short, 21 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.8 out of a possible seven. CROPS: As of Sunday July 22nd, condition of the corn crop was rated as 43 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 5 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Corn silking was at 88 percent by the end of the week, compared with 59 percent last year and the five-year average of 73 percent. Sixty one percent of corn reaching the milk stage, compared with 28 percent last year and the five-year average of 36 percent. Thirty four percent of the corn reached the dough stage, compared with 10 percent last year and 14 percent for the five-year average. Twelve percent of the corn has reached the dent stage. Soybeans blooming reached 62 percent, compared with 41 percent from previous year and 49 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans setting pods reached 32 percent, compared with 9 percent last year and 16 percent for the five-year average. Condition of the soybean crop was rated as 23 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 14 percent good and 2 percent excellent. The rains received this past week has helped the soybean crop, but still need more rain for further development. Farmers in areas hit worst by dry conditions are making decisions on the utilization of their corn crop. TOBACCO: Thirty eight percent of burley tobacco was blooming, compared with 24 percent last year and 29 percent for the five-year average. The dark tobacco had 67 percent blooming, compared with 56 percent last year and 53 percent for the five-year average. Burley tobacco topped was 14 percent, compared with 7 percent last year and 13 percent for the five-year average. Dark Tobacco had 34 percent topped, compared with 25 percent last year and 33 percent for the five-year average. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 11 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 27 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Rainfall received this past week should benefit the tobacco crop. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Condition of pasture is rated as 34 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 28 percent fair and 6 percent good. Recent rains improved pasture a little bit, but more rain is needed. Some cattle producers are feeding hay due to poor pasture conditions. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 16 to July 22, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 80 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 95 in the West to 86 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 71 degrees in the West to 69 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 105 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS and the extreme low was 59 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.15 inches statewide which was 0.18 inches above normal and 119% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.50 inches, Central 1.34 inches, Bluegrass 1.22 inches and East 1.54 inches, which was -0.42, 0.35, 0.28 and 0.53 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 3.55 inches at CARLISLE 5SW. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 16, 2012 16-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky experienced above normal rainfall and normal temperatures last week. Rain for the week totaled 1.77 inches, 0.77 inches above normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 77 degrees across the state which was near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 49 percent very short, 30 percent short, 20 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 52 percent very short, 33 percent short, 14 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.3 out of a possible seven. CROPS: As of Sunday July 15th, condition of the corn crop was rated as 38 percent very poor, 39 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 5 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Corn reaching the tasseling stage was 90 percent, compared to 57 percent from the previous year and 60 percent for the five-year average. Corn silking was at 76 percent by the end of the week, compared with 40 percent last year and the five-year average of 58 percent. Percent of corn reaching the milk stage was 46 percent, compared with 8 percent last year and the five-year average of 18 percent. Corn to reach the dough stage was 15 percent. Soybeans blooming reached 52 percent, compared with 26 percent from previous year and 35 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans setting pods reached 13 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated as 21 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 15 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Both the corn and soybean crops are advanced for this point in the season and continue to be stressed in some areas due to lack of moisture and high temperatures. Farmers in areas hit worst by dry conditions are making decisions on the utilization of their crops. TOBACCO: Twenty-Seven percent of burley tobacco is blooming while 58 percent of dark tobacco is in the bloom stage. Burley tobacco topped was 6 percent while 15 percent of dark tobacco was topped. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 12 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 21 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Rainfall received this past week should benefit the tobacco crop. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Condition of pasture is rated as 39 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 22 percent fair and 5 percent good. Recent rains should improve pasture somewhat, but more rain is needed. Some cattle producers are feeding hay already due to poor pasture conditions. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 9 to July 15, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 77 degrees across the state which was near normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 70 degrees in the West to 67 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 97 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS and the extreme low was 60 degrees at BLACK MOUNTAIN ARC. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.77 inches statewide which was 0.77 inches above normal and 177% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.18 inches, Central 1.89 inches, Bluegrass 1.18 inches and East 2.81 inches, which was 0.20, 0.88, 0.20 and 1.79 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.10 inches at BURLINGTON 4S to a high of 5.38 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 9, 2012 15-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: The State experienced another hot and dry week. Rain for the week totaled 0.79 inches, 0.2 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 84 degrees, which was 8 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 66 percent very short, 28 percent short and 6 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated 60 percent very short, 33 percent short and 7 percent adequate. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.4 out of a possible seven. CROPS: As of Sunday July 8th, condition of the corn crop was rated as 34 percent very poor, 38 percent poor, 23 percent fair and 5 percent good. Corn tasseling was 83 percent complete, compared to 39 percent from the previous year and 45 percent for the five-year average. Corn silking was 66 percent complete by the end of the week, compared with 24 percent last year and the five-year average of 41 percent. Percent of corn reaching the milk stage was 24 percent, compared to 6 percent for the average. Soybean blooming was 37 percent complete, compared with 14 percent from previous year and 20 percent for the five-year average. Condition of the soybean crop was rated as 23 percent very poor, 39 percent poor, 30 percent fair and 8 percent good. Both the corn and soybean crops continue to be advanced for this point in the season and are stressed due to lack of moisture and high temperatures. Some farmers are already chopping corn for silage. TOBACCO: Eighteen percent of burley tobacco is blooming while 47 percent of dark tobacco is in the bloom stage. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 12 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 19 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Tobacco has withstood the high heat and drought conditions better than corn and soybeans, but in desperate need of rain as well. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE Condition of pasture is rated as 39 percent very poor, 37 percent poor, 20 percent fair and 4 percent good. Pasture conditions continue to deteriorate due to less than normal rainfall and above normal temperatures. Some cattle producers are feeding hay already due to declining pasture conditions. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period July 2 to 8, 2012 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 Kentucky ended the week only 20% below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 84 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 101 in the West to 96 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 12 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 73 degrees in the West to 69 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 107 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS and the extreme low was 63 degrees at HINDMAN 5N. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.79 inches statewide which was 0.2 inches below normal and 80% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.60 inches, Central 0.56 inches, Bluegrass 0.75 inches and East 1.23 inches, which was -0.40, -0.43, -0.21 and 0.22 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BURLINGTON 4S to a high of 3.28 inches at MCKEE 5S. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., July 2, 2012 14-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: The State experienced a hot and dry week. Rain for the week totaled 0.04 inches, 0.94 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 80 degrees, wmal and 2 degrees warmer than last week. Topsoil moisture was rated 62 percent very short, 30 percent short and 8 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated 50 percent very short, 38 percent short and 12 percent adequate. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.7 out of a possible seven. CROPS: As of Sunday July 1st, condition of the corn crop was rated as 19 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 19 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Also, corn tasseling was 68 percent complete, compared to 23 percent from the previous year and 29 percent for the five year average. Corn silking was 48 percent complete by the end of the week, compared with 13 percent last year and the five year average of 24 percent. Soybean blooming was 25 percent complete, compared with 5 percent complete last year and the five year average of 10 percent. Condition of the soybean crop was rated as 15 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 23 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Both the corn and soybean crops continue to be advanced for this point in the season and are stressed due to lack of moisture and high temperatures. Condition of corn rated good to excellent declined 19 percent from 39 percent last week to 20 percent. Condition of soybeans rated good to excellent declined 19 percent from 43 percent to 24 percent by weeks end. TOBACCO: Thirteen percent of burley tobacco is blooming while 30 percent of dark tobacco is in the bloom stage. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 9 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 30 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Tobacco less than 12 inches high is at 39 percent, with 41 percent 12 to 24 inches in height, and 20 percent over 24 inches high. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE Condition of pasture is rated as 28 percent very poor, 36 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 9 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Pasture conditions continue to deteriorate due to less than normal rainfall and above normal temperatures. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 25 to July 1, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 80 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 99 in the West to 94 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 11 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 66 degrees in the West to 62 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 110 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 44 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Rainfall for the period totaled 0.04 inches statewide which was 0.94 inches below normal and 4% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.08 inches and East 0.08 inches, which was 0.98, 0.97, 0.89 and 0.94 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 0.50 inches at JACKSON 3SE. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WEST(CD1) 99 11 66 0 83 6 0.00 -0.98 0 108 48 CENTRAL(CD2) 96 10 64 0 81 6 0.00 -0.97 0 110 48 BLUEGRASS(CD3) 94 9 63 0 79 5 0.08 -0.89 8 104 47 EAST(CD4) 94 9 62 1 78 5 0.08 -0.94 8 106 44 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATE 96 10 64 0 80 5 0.04 -0.94 4 110 44 --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 25, 2012 13-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: The State experienced another hot and dry week. Rain for the week totaled 0.04 inches, 0.98 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees, both 4 degrees warmer than normal and the previous week. Topsoil moisture was rated 44 percent very short, 38 percent short and 18 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated 30 percent very short, 45 percent short and 25 percent adequate. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.5 out of a possible seven. Major farming activities included finishing the wheat harvest and cutting hay. CROPS: As of Sunday June 24, condition of the corn crop was rated as 8 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 33 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Corn tasseling was 50 percent complete as of Sunday June 24, compared to 6 percent from the previous year. Corn Silking was 29 percent complete by the end of the week, compared with 1 percent last year and the five year average of 5 percent. Soybean blooming was 14 percent complete, 8 percent above previous week and above the five year average of 2 percent. Average soybean height for the state is twelve inches. Both the corn and soybean crops continue to be advanced for this point in the season and are stressed due to lack of moisture. Condition of corn rated good to excellent declined from 50 percent last week to 39 percent. Condition of soybeans rated good to excellent declined from 50 percent to 43 percent by weeks end. TOBACCO: Burley tobacco is 96 percent set, compared to 97 percent last year. Dark tobacco setting is 96 percent complete, behind the five year average of 99 percent. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 3 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Tobacco height under 12 inches is at 50 percent, with 12-24 inches at 38 percent, and over 24 inches at 12 percent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Winter wheat harvesting is winding down across the state with 95 percent completed. Condition of pasture is rated as 10 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 25 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Pasture conditions continue to deteriorate due to less than normal rainfall and above normal temperatures. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 18 to 24, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 92 in the West to 90 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 65 degrees in the West to 65 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 99 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 55 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W. Rainfall for the period totaled 0.04 inches statewide which was 0.98 inches below normal and 4% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.01 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.02 inches and East 0.13 inches, which was 1, 1.01, 0.99 and 0.9 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 0.81 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 18, 2012 12-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Kentucky’s trend of less than normal precipitation continued. The State received scattered rainfall at the beginning of the week and the weekend. Rain for the week totaled 0.58 inches, 0.43 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 73 degrees, near normal, and 6 degrees above the previous week. Topsoil moisture was rated 23 percent very short, 39 percent short, 37 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 18 percent very short, 38 percent short, and 44 percent adequate. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.1 out of a possible seven. Farmers proceeded with fieldwork as weather permitted. CROPS: As of Sunday June 17, condition of the corn crop was rated as 4 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Corn acreage which reached the tasseling stage was 25 percent with 12 percent already silking. Soybean planting is 95 percent complete, well ahead of the five year average of 78 percent. Eighty-six percent of the planted soybean crop has emerged, compared to 56 percent last year and the five year average of 67 percent. Average soybean height for the state is nine inches. Both the corn and soybean crops continue to be advanced for this point in the season. Fields in western Kentucky that received showers this week are still stressed due to drought conditions. TOBACCO: Burley tobacco is 89 percent set, ahead of 84 percent last year. Dark tobacco setting is 88 percent complete, equal to 2011. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Tobacco height under 12 inches is at 64 percent, with 12-24 inches at 29 percent, and over 24 inches at 7 percent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Winter wheat harvesting continues throughout the state with 85 percent completed. Condition of pasture is rated as 4 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Pasture conditions have deteriorated due to less than normal rainfall over the past month. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 11 to 17, 2012 Near Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Both the start 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 73 degrees across the state which was near normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 63 degrees in the West to 61 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 94 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS and the extreme low was 45 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.58 inches statewide which was 0.43 inches below normal and 58% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.54 inches, Central 0.41 inches, Bluegrass 0.93 inches and East 0.45 inches, which was 0.43, 0.6, 0.09 and 0.58 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.04 inches at MUNFORDVILLE 6E to a high of 4.09 inches at SHELBYVILLE 10W. --- USDA's Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 11, 2012 11-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: The State received spotty rainfall at the beginning of the week with drier weather ending the week. Rain for the week totaled 0.19 inches, 0.70 inches below normal. Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees, 4 degrees below normal, and 1 degree below the previous week. Topsoil moisture was rated 15 percent very short, 34 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 13 percent very short, 32 percent short, 54 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.3 out of a possible seven. Farmers proceeded with fieldwork as weather permitted. CROPS: As of Sunday June 10, condition of the corn crop was rated as 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Corn acreage which reached the tasseling stage was 11 percent with 3 percent already silking. Soybean planting is 90 percent complete, well ahead of the five year average of 68 percent. Seventy-eight percent of the planted soybean crop has emerged, compared to 34 percent last year and the five year average of 52 percent. Average soybean height for the state is six inches. Both the corn and soybean crops are advanced for this point in the season. Fields in western Kentucky are stressed due to drought conditions. TOBACCO: Burley tobacco is 84 percent set, ahead of 71 percent last year. Dark tobacco setting is 80 percent complete, compared to 78 percent in 2011. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Tobacco height under 12 inches is at 77 percent, with 12-24 inches at 20 percent, and over 24 inches is 3 percent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Winter wheat harvesting continues throughout the state with 60 percent completed. Condition of pasture is rated as 2 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period June 4 to 10, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged from 83 in the West to 79 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees below normal in the West to 2 degrees below normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 57 degrees in the West to 54 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees below normal in the West to 7 degrees below normal in the East. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.19 inches statewide which was 0.70 inches below normal, or about 21 percent of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.47 inches, Central 0.21 inches, Bluegrass 0.03 inches and East 0.06 inches, which was 0.39, 0.71, 0.84 and 0.86 inches respectively below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at Covington to a high of 0.93 inches at Cape Girardeau. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., June 4, 2012 10-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: The State received much needed rainfall this past week. Both Central and Bluegrass sections benefitted from widespread precipitation, while Western Kentucky received only spotty rain showers. Rain for the week totaled 1.07 inches, 0.03 inches below normal. Temperatures cooled off from the previous week with the average temperature for the period at 69 degrees, near normal, and 4 degrees below the previous week. Topsoil moisture was rated 13 percent very short, 23 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 12 percent very short, 25 percent short, 61 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven. Farmers proceeded with fieldwork as weather permitted. CROPS: As of Sunday June 3, condition of the corn crop was rated as 2 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Soybeans continue to be ahead of five year average. Planting of soybeans is 80 percent complete, well ahead of the five year average of 53 percent. Sixty-eight percent of the planted soybean crop has emerged, compared to 16 percent last year and the five year average of 36 percent. Both the corn and soybean crops are advanced for this point in the season. With precipitation last week, farmers will now be able to proceed with no-till soybean planting. TOBACCO: Burley tobacco is 73 percent set, ahead of 49 percent last year. Dark tobacco setting is 66 percent complete, compared to 59 percent in 2011. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 3 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 65 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. SMALL GRAINS: The condition of winter wheat is reported as 4 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Harvesting continues throughout the state with 30 percent completed. PASTURE AND HAY: Condition of pasture is rated as 2 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Rains this past week were beneficial to the growth of hay and pasture. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 28 to June 3, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 69 degrees across the state which was near normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 83 in the West to 79 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 59 degrees in the West to 58 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 96 degrees at CADIZ 4SW and the extreme low was 43 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.07 inches statewide which was 0.03 inches below normal and 97% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.73 inches, Central 1.59 inches, Bluegrass 1.27 inches and East 0.70 inches, which was -0.35, 0.45, 0.19 and -0.41 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at OWENSBORO AWSS to a high of 4.49 inches at LOUISVILLE APT. Summarized and averaged data for the period 20120528 to 20120603(Last 7 Days) (Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages) AIR TEMPERATURE PRECIPITATION ExtremeTemp STATION MAX DEV MIN DEV AVR DEV TOTAL DEV %NORM HI LO -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WEST(CD1) 83 1 59 -1 71 0 0.73 -0.35 68 96 44 CENTRAL(CD2) 80 -1 58 0 69 0 1.59 0.45 139 93 44 BLUEGRASS(CD3) 78 -1 58 1 68 0 1.27 0.19 118 91 45 EAST(CD4) 79 -1 58 3 69 1 0.70 -0.41 63 92 43 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATE 80 -0 58 0 69 0 1.07 -0.03 97 96 43 --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 29, 2012 9-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Weather for this past week continued to be very dry statewide and increasingly hot. Many areas continue to be in need of rainfall to aid the development of planted crops. Rain for the week totaled 0.23 inches, 0.88 inches below normal. The average temperature for the period was 72 degrees, 5 degrees higher than normal, and 4 degrees higher than the previous week. Topsoil moisture was rated 14 percent very short, 30rcent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 12 percent very short, 29 percent short, 57 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.1 out of a possible seven. Dry conditions throughout the week allowed farmers to proceed with fieldwork. CROPS: As of Sunday May 27, planted corn that has emerged reached 96 percent, compared to 51 percent for this time last year. Condition of the corn crop is rated as 3 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. The average height of the most advanced corn is 35 inches, while the overall average height is 20 inches. Like the corn crop, soybeans continue to be ahead of five year average. Planting of soybeans is 70 percent complete, well ahead of the five year average of 36 percent. Fifty-two percent of the planted soybean crop has emerged, compared to 7 percent last year and the five year average of 20 percent. Both the corn and soybean crops are advanced for this point in the season. Dry conditions now are forcing farmers to wait for precipitation before proceeding with no-till soybean planting. TOBACCO: Warm and dry weather conditions spurred on the setting of tobacco. Burley tobacco is 56 percent set, ahead of 25 percent last year. Dark tobacco setting is 54 percent complete, compared to 39 percent in 2011. Condition of set tobacco is rated as 2 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 72 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. SMALL GRAINS: The condition of winter wheat is reported as 3 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Harvesting continues throughout the state with 13 percent completed. Winter wheat harvest for grain is expected to be in full swing within the next two weeks. PASTURE AND HAY: Condition of pasture is rated as 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 21 to May 27, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 86 in the West to 82 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 60 degrees in the West to 60 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 96 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low was 45 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.23 inches statewide which was 0.88 inches below normal and 21% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.34 inches, Central 0.07 inches, Bluegrass 0.21 inches and East 0.30 inches, which was 0.76, 1.09, 0.86 and 0.82 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BURLINGTON 4S to a high of 2.85 inches at FORT CAMPBELL. Summarized and averaged data for the period 20120521 to 20120527(Last 7 Days) (Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages) AIR TEMPERATURE PRECIPITATION ExtremeTemp STATION MAX DEV MIN DEV AVR DEV TOTAL DEV %NORM HI LO -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WEST(CD1) 86 6 60 2 73 4 0.34 -0.76 31 96 45 CENTRAL(CD2) 84 5 61 5 73 5 0.07 -1.09 6 95 54 BLUEGRASS(CD3) 83 6 61 6 72 6 0.21 -0.86 20 92 53 EAST(CD4) 82 3 60 7 71 5 0.30 -0.82 27 93 51 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATE 84 5 60 4 72 5 0.23 -0.88 21 96 45 --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 21, 2012 8-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Weather for this past week was very dry statewide and increasingly hot as the weekend approached. Many areas are in need of significant rainfall to aid the development of planted crops. Rain for the week totaled 0.22 inches, 0.92 inches below normal. The average temperature for the period was 68 degrees, 3 degrees higher than normal, and 4 degrees higher than the previous week. Topsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 18 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 21 percent short, 68 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven. Dry conditions throughout the week allowed farmers to proceed with fieldwork, although many would benefit from precipitation. CROPS: Farmers across the state have nearly finished with corn planting. As of Sunday May 20, 98 percent of the crop is in the ground, well ahead of the five year average of 76 percent. Planted corn that has emerged reached 89 percent, compared to 33 percent for this time last year. Condition of the corn crop is rated as 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. The average height of the most advanced corn is 23 inches, while the overall average height is 14 inches. Like the corn crop, soybeans continue to be ahead of schedule when viewed historically. Planting of soybeans is 59 percent complete, surpassing the five year average of 21 percent. Thirty-eight percent of the planted bean crop has emerged, compared to 1 percent last year and the five year average of 8 percent. Both the corn and soybean crops are advanced for this point in the season. A very warm spring encouraged early planting and many farmers are now faced with very dry conditions that may pose a threat to their young crops. TOBACCO: The setting of tobacco has been spurred on by warm dry weather throughout the planting season. Burley tobacco is 37 percent set, ahead of 15 percent last year. Dark tobacco setting is 39 percent complete, compared to 21 percent in 2011. SMALL GRAINS: The condition of winter wheat is reported as 3 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. The damage to winter wheat from a mid April frost varies based on location and the maturity at that point as development was encouraged by unseasonably warm weather. PASTURE AND HAY: Condition of pasture is rated as 1 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Hay condition reported as 2 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 14 to 20, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 84 in the West to 78 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 58 degrees in the West to 55 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 93 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 41 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.22 inches statewide which was 0.92 inches below normal and 19% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.11 inches, Central 0.21 inches, Bluegrass 0.17 inches and East 0.39 inches, which was 1.04, 0.98, 0.91 and 0.73 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BENTON 4N to a high of 1.14 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S. Summarized and averaged data for the period 20120514 to 20120520(Last 7 Days) (Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages) AIR TEMPERATURE PRECIPITATION ExtremeTemp STATION MAX DEV MIN DEV AVR DEV TOTAL DEV %NORM HI LO -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WEST(CD1) 84 6 58 2 71 4 0.11 -1.04 10 93 45 CENTRAL(CD2) 80 3 57 3 69 4 0.21 -0.98 18 90 49 BLUEGRASS(CD3) 78 2 54 1 66 2 0.17 -0.91 16 87 44 EAST(CD4) 78 1 55 5 66 2 0.39 -0.73 35 87 41 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATE 80 3 56 3 68 3 0.22 -0.92 19 93 41 --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 14, 2012 7-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Warm temperatures and scattered showers early in the week gave way to milder weather and increased rainfall by the weekend. Part of the state is still contending with dry conditions despite the increased precipitation. Rain for the week totaled 1.78 inches, 0.68 inches above normal. The average temperature statewide was 64 degrees, 1 degree higher than normal, and 8 degrees cooler than the previous week. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 19 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 23 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.8 out of a possible seven. The middle portion of the week offered dry weather allowing farmers to make progress in the fields. CROPS: As of Sunday May 13, corn planting was 96 percent complete, substantially ahead of last year at 38 percent. Eighty-two percent of corn has emerged compared to 17 percent last year and the five year average of 50 percent. Condition of the corn crop is rated as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. The average height of the most advanced corn is 15 inches, while the overall average height is 9 inches. Soybean planting is 47 percent complete, much further along than last year at 2 percent and the five year average of 11 percent. Soybean emergence was at 22 percent, compared to none last year at this time. The corn and soybean crops continue to progress rapidly when viewed in a historical context. TOBACCO: Burley tobacco is 24 percent set, ahead of 6 percent last year. Dark tobacco setting is 20 percent complete, compared to 7 percent in 2011. At this point in the season, both burley and dark tobacco are ahead of schedule. SMALL GRAINS: The condition of winter wheat is reported as 2 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. The condition has deteriorated slightly as the season has progressed possibly due to some late frost and heavy rainfall amounts in some locations. The winter wheat grain harvest is expected to begin around June 1. PASTURE AND HAY: Condition of pasture is rated as 1 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. Hay condition reported as 1 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Strawberry production is at about the same level it was at this time last year with 41 percent small, 45 percent medium, and 14 percent large. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period May 7 to 13, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 64 degrees across the state which was 1 degree warmer than normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 75 in the West to 72 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 56 degrees in the West to 54 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 86 degrees at OWENSBORO AWSS and the extreme low was 39 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.78 inches statewide which was 0.68 inches above normal and 161% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.74 inches, Central 2.15 inches, Bluegrass 2.42 inches and East 1.82 inches, which was -0.42, 0.99, 1.39 and 0.76 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.04 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 4.26 inches at OWENTON 5E. Summarized and averaged data for the period 20120507 to 20120513(Last 7 Days) (Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages) AIR TEMPERATURE PRECIPITATION ExtremeTemp STATION MAX DEV MIN DEV AVR DEV TOTAL DEV %NORM HI LO -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WEST(CD1) 75 -1 56 3 65 0 0.74 -0.42 64 86 41 CENTRAL(CD2) 73 -2 55 3 64 1 2.15 0.99 185 85 39 BLUEGRASS(CD3) 71 -3 54 4 63 1 2.42 1.39 235 84 39 EAST(CD4) 72 -3 54 6 63 2 1.82 0.76 172 85 39 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATE 73 -2 55 4 64 1 1.78 0.68 161 86 39 --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., May 7, 2012 6-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Weather for this past week consisted of warm temperatures and pockets of precipitation throughout the state. With the increased humidity came scattered thunderstorms of varying severity. Rainfall for the week totaled 1.47 inches, 0.38 inches above normal. The average temperature statewide was 73 degrees, 12 degrees higher than normal, and 14 degrees higher than the previous week. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 25 percent short, 60 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 28 percent short, 63 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.0 out of a possible seven. The increased precipitation aided crop progression and offered marginal relief to several areas facing dry conditions. CROPS: As of Sunday May 6, corn planting was mostly complete at 92 percent. Planting is far ahead of both last year at 18 percent and the five year average of 56 percent. Seventy-six percent of corn has emerged compared to 10 percent last year and the five year average of 35 percent. Condition of the corn crop is rated as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Soybean planting is now 33 percent complete, well ahead of the five year average of 4 percent. Nine percent of the bean crop has emerged with no recent comparison for this point in the season. Both corn and soybeans continue to be ahead of where they are historically at this juncture. TOBACCO: Thirteen percent of tobacco transplants were less than 2 inches in height, with 36 percent at 2 to 4 inches and 51 percent over 4 inches. Nine percent of the state’s burley has been set, an early start for producers. Dark tobacco is 12 percent set, ahead of the five year average of 3 percent. Producers indicate that there are adequate plants for tobacco setting in the state. PASTURE AND HAY: Condition of pasture is rated as 1 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Hay condition reported as 1 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 30 to May 06, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 73 degrees across the state which was 12 degrees warmer than normal and 14 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 86 in the West to 82 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 12 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 65 degrees in the West to 61 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 14 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 16 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 94 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 49 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.47 inches statewide which was 0.38 inches above normal and 135% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.81 inches, Central 1.97 inches, Bluegrass 1.40 inches and East 1.69 inches, which was -0.39, 0.84, 0.39 and 0.67 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS to a high of 3.24 inches at COLUMBIA 3N. Summarized and averaged data for the period 20120430 to 20120506(Last 7 Days) (Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages) AIR TEMPERATURE PRECIPITATION ExtremeTemp STATION MAX DEV MIN DEV AVR DEV TOTAL DEV %NORM HI LO -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WEST(CD1) 86 12 65 14 76 13 0.81 -0.39 68 94 58 CENTRAL(CD2) 83 10 63 14 73 12 1.97 0.84 174 90 55 BLUEGRASS(CD3) 82 10 61 13 72 12 1.40 0.39 139 87 51 EAST(CD4) 82 9 61 16 72 13 1.69 0.67 166 89 49 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATE 83 10 62 14 73 12 1.47 0.38 135 94 49 --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 30, 2012 5-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Much of Kentucky remains very dry despite some rainfall and storms occurring this past week. The week started off with mild temperatures and some scattered patches of frost that gave way to warmer conditions. Rainfall for the week totaled 0.64 inches, 0.42 inches below normal. The average temperature statewide was 60 degrees, 1 degree above normal, and 4 degrees higher than the previous week. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 32 percent short, 57 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 27 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.4 out of a possible seven. Farmers were able to make progress in field work due to mostly dry conditions statewide. CROPS: As of April 29, 86 percent of the corn had been planted, greatly surpassing both last year at 17 percent and the five year average of 44 percent. The percentage of corn emerged is high for this point in the season at 56, compared to 5 percent last year and the five year average of 18 percent. Winter wheat condition is reported as 1 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. Most of the crop, at 87 percent, is in the headed stage. This compares to 37 percent last year and a five year average of 19 percent. Soybean planting is now 18 percent complete. At this juncture last year there were no beans in the ground. TOBACCO: Twenty-two percent of tobacco transplants were less than 2 inches in height, with 40 percent at 2 to 4 inches and 38 percent over 4 inches. Weather permitting, tobacco setting should begin and proceed throughout the coming week. PASTURE AND HAY: Condition of pastureland remains mostly good with 1 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Pastures would benefit greatly from consistent precipitation and warm temperatures. Some alfalfa has been cut and farmers continue to make progress on getting their hay up. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 23 to April 29, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 60 degrees across the state which was 1 degree warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 75 in the West to 70 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 52 degrees in the West to 46 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS and the extreme low was 28 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.64 inches statewide which was 0.42 inches below normal and 61% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.14 inches, Central 0.57 inches, Bluegrass 0.67 inches and East 1.18 inches, which was -1.06, -0.51, -0.30 and 0.20 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at HICKMAN 2E to a high of 2.45 inches at MOREHEAD 4NE. Summarized and averaged data for the period 20120423 to 20120429(Last 7 Days) (Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages) AIR TEMPERATURE PRECIPITATION ExtremeTemp STATION MAX DEV MIN DEV AVR DEV TOTAL DEV %NORM HI LO -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WEST(CD1) 75 2 52 3 64 3 0.14 -1.06 12 90 36 CENTRAL(CD2) 73 2 48 1 60 1 0.57 -0.51 53 86 35 BLUEGRASS(CD3) 68 -2 45 -1 56 -2 0.67 -0.30 69 82 29 EAST(CD4) 70 -2 46 3 58 0 1.18 0.20 120 85 28 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATE 72 0 48 2 60 1 0.64 -0.42 61 90 28 --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 23, 2012 4-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Mostly dry conditions allowed farmers to continue planting corn and soybeans, cutting hay and silage and preparing fields for planting. Rainfall amounts for the week were below normal for the sixth straight week with precipitation averaging 0.61 inches statewide, about 61 percent of normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent very short, 34 percent short, 56 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 24 percent short, 68 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Most of the state needs rain for good crop germination with a few producers waiting for moisture to continue seeding. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.7 out of a possible seven. Temperatures averaged 57 degrees, near normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous week. Last week’s frost will reduce the amount of fruit and berries available this year. The fruit not damaged by frost is currently reported in mostly good to fair condition. CROPS: As of April 23, 75 percent of the corn had been planted which is well ahead of 16 percent last year and the five year average of 29 percent. Thirty- five percent of the corn had emerged compared with none last year and the five year average of 9. Cool temperatures and dry soils slowed the germination rate. Winter wheat is reported in mostly good to fair condition with 8 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 52 percent good and 13 percent excellent. Damage from last week’s frost appears to be fairly light in most areas, but a few areas will experience reduced yields. Seventy-eight percent of the crop was heading at the end of the week. Last year 13 percent had headed and the five year average is 6. Soybean planting reached 7 percent complete at the end of the week which is about a week to 10 days ahead of normal. TOBACCO: About 26 percent of transplants were over 4 inches in height as of April 23, with 35 percent at 2 to 4 inches and 39 percent under 2 inches high. Producers are ready to set tobacco and may start this week. PASTURE AND HAY: Pastures continue in mostly good condition with 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Rainfall would be welcomed to improve pasture growth. Some alfalfa has been harvested and many expect to cut by the end of the week. Frost damaged some alfalfa fields causing some concern with weevils and the quality of first cutting hay. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 16 to April 22, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 57 degrees across the state which was near normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 68 in the West to 65 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 46 degrees in the West to 49 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 83 degrees at OWENSBORO AWSS and the extreme low was 33 degrees at CADIZ 4SW. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.61 inches statewide which was 0.38 inches below normal and 61% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.56 inches, Central 0.87 inches, Bluegrass 0.62 inches and East 0.37 inches, which was 0.59, 0.12, 0.29 and 0.55 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.18 inches at LONDON to a high of 1.52 inches at RUSSELLVILLE 2W. Summarized and averaged data for the period 20120416 to 20120422(Last 7 Days) (Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages) AIR TEMPERATURE PRECIPITATION ExtremeTemp STATION MAX DEV MIN DEV AVR DEV TOTAL DEV %NORM HI LO -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WEST(CD1) 68 -3 46 -1 57 -2 0.56 -0.59 49 83 33 CENTRAL(CD2) 67 -2 48 3 58 1 0.87 -0.12 88 80 35 BLUEGRASS(CD3) 64 -3 48 4 56 0 0.62 -0.29 68 78 37 EAST(CD4) 65 -5 49 8 57 2 0.37 -0.55 40 81 34 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATE 66 -3 48 4 57 0 0.61 -0.38 61 83 33 --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 17, 2012 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Mostly dry conditions allowed farmers to make good progress planting corn and preparing fields. Temperatures averaged 54 degrees, 1 degree cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous week. Frost during the week damaged early fruit and vegetable crops. Low temperatures ranged from 24 to 34 degrees. Producers are waiting to evaluate the damage to the wheat crop. Rainfall amounts for the week were below normal for the fourth straight week with precipitation averaging 0.10 inches statewide, just 10 percent of normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 29 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 21 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 6.2 out of a possible seven. Activities during the week included harvesting hay and small grain silage. Most crops are up to three weeks ahead of normal development this year. CROPS: As of April 15, 59 percent of the corn had been planted compared with 11 percent last year and the five year average of 14 percent. Winter wheat is reported in mostly good to excellent condition with 1 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 58 percent good and 32 percent excellent. Seventy percent of the crop was heading or beyond which is about 3 weeks ahead of normal. The average height of alfalfa was reported at 13 inches but some of the crop has already been cut for hay or silage. A few acres were damaged by frost before harvest. A small percentage of the soybean crop has also been planted. TOBACCO: Growers had seeded 89 percent of the transplants in greenhouses and plant beds by April 15. This compares with 81 percent last year and the five year average of 86. Seventy percent of the transplants had emerged compared with 61 percent a year ago and the five year average of 60. The condition of tobacco transplants was reported as 1 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 72 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. PASTURE AND LIVESTOCK: Current pasture condition was reported as mostly good to excellent with 4 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Rainfall would be welcomed to improve pasture growth. Kentucky Weather Summary For the Period April 09 to April 15, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 54 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 69 in the West to 67 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 44 degrees in the West to 39 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 85 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 24 degrees at MONTICELLO AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.10 inches statewide which was 0.91 inches below normal and 10% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.09 inches, Central 0.02 inches, Bluegrass 0.28 inches and East 0.01 inches, which was 1.06, 1.02, 0.64 and 0.94 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 1.25 inches at CINCINNATI. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 9, 2012 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Mild temperatures and mostly dry conditions allowed farmers to plant corn, spray for weed control, apply fertilizer, and prepare fields for planting. Temperatures averaged 60 degrees which was 7 degrees warmer than normal but 2 degrees cooler than the previous week. Patchy frost was experienced in various areas at the end of the week, but no damage to fruit or crops was noted. Rainfall amounts for the week were below normal for the 3rd straight week with precipitation averaging .49 inches statewide, about half the normal rate. Many areas of the state could use a good rain. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 8 percent short, 82 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.2 out of a possible seven. Most of the fruit trees are in bloom or beyond. Wheat crop is already heading in some areas and alfalfa is approaching the cutting stage. Damage to wheat, alfalfa, and fruit crops is a concern with possible frost in the forecast this week. CROPS: As of April 8, 32 percent of the corn had been seeded compared with 4 percent last year and the five year average of 7 percent. A few producers in western Kentucky have completed most of the corn planting and are starting to plant soybeans. A few reporters noted a shortage of anhydrous ammonia. Winter wheat is reported in mostly good to excellent condition with 1 percent poor, 8 percent fair, 53 percent good and 38 percent excellent. Average height of wheat was 20 inches. A mild winter and early spring have minimized winter kill. Some of the wheat is heading and an early harvest with generally good yields is projected if current favorable weather persists. TOBACCO: As of April 8, 84 percent of the greenhouse and plant bed seedings had been completed compared with 71 percent last year and the five year average of 75. Fifty-five percent of the transplants had emerged compared with 36 percent a year ago and the five year average of 40. PASTURE AND LIVESTOCK: Current pasture condition was reported as mostly fair to good with 3 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 24 percent excellent. Hay stands are good with some producers preparing to cut hay and greenchop as soon as weather conditions permit. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period April 02 to April 08, 2012 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 60 degrees across the state which was 7 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 74 in the West to 70 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 52 degrees in the West to 46 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 89 degrees at OWENSBORO AWSS and the extreme low was 25 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.49 inches statewide which was 0.5 inches below normal and 50% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.21 inches, Central 0.39 inches, Bluegrass 0.53 inches and East 0.84 inches, which was 0.89, 0.63, 0.37 and 0.09 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 2.10 inches at PAINTSVILLE 4W. Summarized and averaged data for the period 20120402 to 20120408(Last 7 Days) (Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages) AIR TEMPERATURE PRECIPITATION ExtremeTemp STATION MAX DEV MIN DEV AVR DEV TOTAL DEV %NORM HI LO -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WEST(CD1) 74 8 52 9 63 8 0.21 -0.89 19 89 33 CENTRAL(CD2) 72 7 50 9 61 8 0.39 -0.63 38 85 30 BLUEGRASS(CD3) 68 5 46 6 57 6 0.53 -0.37 59 84 29 EAST(CD4) 70 5 46 8 58 6 0.84 -0.09 90 87 25 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATE 71 6 48 8 60 7 0.49 -0.50 50 89 25 --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M., April 2, 2012 1-12 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Mild and mostly dry conditions early in the week promoted field work and pasture growth. Temperatures averaged 62 degrees which was 12 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous week. Patchy frost was experienced in a few eastern areas on Tuesday. Rainfall amounts for the week were below normal with precipitation averaging .29 inches statewide. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent short, 82 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus. Days suitable for fieldwork averaged 5.0 out of a possible seven. Many reporters estimated pasture and foliage growth was up to three weeks ahead of normal this year. Insect activity is also ahead of normal. There is some concern that a late frost could hurt early crop and fruit production. Major farm activities this week included preparing ground for seeding, planting corn, fertilizing hay and pasture, seeding tobacco transplants and preparing equipment for the planting season. CROPS: As of April 1, 5 percent of the corn had been seeded. Last year no corn was planted on April 1, with the five year average at 2 percent. Most seeding activity occurred in the southwest areas of the state. Farmers expect to seed corn as soon as field conditions permit, and planting could make considerable progress this week. Winter wheat is in mostly good to excellent condition with 1 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 7 percent fair, 56 percent good and 35 percent excellent. A mild winter and early spring have minimized winter kill. Reported wheat stand loss to winter kill was less than 1 percent. Alfalfa and clover stand losses to winter kill were reported at 2 percent each. TOBACCO: As of April 1, 75 percent of the greenhouse and plant bed seedings had been completed compared with 57 percent last year and the five year average of 62. Cultivation of tobacco ground is underway. PASTURE AND LIVESTOCK: Current pasture condition was reported as mostly fair to good with 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Pastures were meeting 60 percent of livestock roughage requirements. Farmers statewide had approximately 35 percent of their winter hay supply still on hand. Early lush clover growth made bloat a concern for some livestock operators. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period March 26 to April 01, 2012 Well Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: A frontal boundry stalled out 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 62 degrees across the state which was 12 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 79 in the West to 73 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 15 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 54 degrees in the West to 47 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 13 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 11 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 88 degrees at OWENSBORO AWSS and the extreme low was 28 degrees at PIKEVILLE AWOS. Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.29 inches statewide which was 0.73 inches below normal and 29% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.13 inches, Central 0.24 inches, Bluegrass 0.50 inches and East 0.27 inches, which was 0.97, 0.83, 0.42 and 0.71 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at Benton 4N to a high of 1.67 inches at Bardstown. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 12th to 18th, 2011 Above Normal Temperature and Below Normal Precipitation 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 44 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees warmer than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 52 in the West to 52 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 35 degrees in the West to 36 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 68 degrees at Bowling Green and the extreme low was 16 degrees at Paintsville. Precipitation for the period totaled 0.53 inches statewide which was 0.47 inches below normal and 53% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.75 inches, Central 0.52 inches, Bluegrass 0.38 inches and East 0.46 inches, which was 0.34, 0.57, 0.48 and 0.49 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.06 inches at Louisa to a high of 1.03 inches at Vanceburg. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period December 5th to 11th, 2011 Below Normal Temperature and Above Normal Precipitation 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 38 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 43 in the West to 48 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 7 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 29 degrees in the West to 32 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 69 degrees at Booneville and the extreme low was 12 degrees at Monticello. Precipitation for the period totaled 2.11 inches statewide which was 1.04 inches above normal and 198% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.57 inches, Central 2.22 inches, Bluegrass 2.08 inches and East 1.57 inches, which was 1.38, 1.07, 1.15 and 0.57 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 1.00 inches at Morehead to a high of 3.42 inches at Hickman. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 28th to December 4th, 2011 Near Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 43 degrees across the state which was near normal and 10 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 50 in the West to 54 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 34 degrees in the West to 34 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 68 degrees at Burkesville and the extreme low was 17 degrees at Monticello. Precipitation for the period totaled 2.81 inches statewide which was 1.72 inches above normal and 258% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.19 inches, Central 2.58 inches, Bluegrass 3.21 inches and East 3.28 inches, which was 0.92, 1.42, 2.29 and 2.27 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.49 inches at Jackson to a high of 12.54 inches at Williamsburg. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 21st to 27th, 2011 Above Normal Temperature and Above Normal Rainfall 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 53 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 59 in the West to 63 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 45 degrees in the West to 46 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 14 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 74 degrees at Bowling Green and the extreme low was 26 degrees at Paintsville. Rainfall for the period totaled 2.29 inches statewide which was 1.26 inches above normal and 222% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 3.23 inches, Central 2.33 inches, Bluegrass 1.92 inches and East 1.70 inches, which was 2.04, 1.24, 1.03 and 0.75 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.80 inches at Jackson to a high of 4.05 inches at Marion. --- Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 14th to 20th, 2011 Above Normal Temperature and Above Normal Rainfall 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 52 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 60 in the West to 60 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 46 degrees in the West to 44 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 78 degrees at Hartford and the extreme low was 16 degrees at Monticello. Rainfall for the period totaled 2.82 inches statewide which was 1.86 inches above normal and 295% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 3.89 inches, Central 3.11 inches, Bluegrass 2.28 inches and East 2.02 inches, which was 2.78, 2.1, 1.45 and 1.15 inches above normal. By station, rainfall totals ranged from a low of 1.38 inches at Big Sandy to a high of 6.57 inches at Hopkinsville. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M. November 14th, 2011 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: For the first time since mid-October, weekly average temperatures were above normal. Temperatures were warm early in the week, but a mid week cold front brought cooler weather with minimal moisture. By the weekend, warmer weather had returned. Average precipitation for the week totaled 0.16 inches, 0.65 inches below normal. The average temperature statewide was 53 degrees, 3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 15 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. There were 5.5 days out of a possible 7 that were suitable for fieldwork. Main farm activities for the past week primarily consisted of corn and soybean harvest, planting of winter wheat and stripping tobacco. ROW CROPS: Corn harvesting reached 98 percent complete, compared to 100 percent for this time last year and equal to the five year average of 98 percent. Harvest is winding down with good yields reported. Soybeans are 90 percent harvested, behind last year when harvest was complete, but slightly above the five year average of 87 percent. Dry conditions allowed farmers to make good progress on harvest in most locations. TOBACCO: The Burley tobacco crop is at 37 percent stripped, below both 46 percent for the previous year and 41 percent for the five year average. The condition of tobacco that has been stripped was rated at 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 64 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Crop quality and yields vary greatly depending on many factors which occurred throughout the growing and curing season. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Wheat: The percent of winter wheat planted was reported at 89 percent, compared to 99 percent for last year and the five year average of 83 percent. Wheat field conditions were rated 1 percent poor, 6 percent fair, 77 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Winter wheat has gotten off to a good start due to adequate moisture levels in most areas. Pasture condition was reported at 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Pasture growth has become limited and some livestock producers are feeding hay. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period November 7th to 13th, 2011 Above Normal Temperature and Below Normal Rainfall 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 53 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 65 in the West to 63 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 45 degrees in the West to 40 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 77 degrees at Fort Campbell and the extreme low was 19 degrees at Burkesville. Rainfall for the period totaled 0.16 inches statewide which was 0.65 inches below normal and 20% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 0.45 inches, Central 0.06 inches, Bluegrass 0.03 inches and East 0.09 inches, which was 0.51, 0.78, 0.67 and 0.64 inches below normal. By station, rainfall totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at Carlisle to a high of 1.59 inches at Carbondale. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M. November 7th, 2011 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Cooler temperatures continued throughout the Commonwealth for the third straight week. Rainfall accompanied a mid-week low pressure system. Northern parts of the state received the most precipitation. Average precipitation for the week totaled 0.59 inches, 0.17 inches below normal. The average temperature statewide was 50 degrees, 2 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 14 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. There were 4.7 days out of a possible 7 that were suitable for fieldwork. Main farm activities for the past week primarily consisted of corn and soybean harvest, planting of winter wheat, tobacco stripping and tending livestock. ROW CROPS: Corn harvesting reached 96 percent complete, compared to 100 percent for this time last year and 95 percent for the five year average. Harvest is inching closer to completion with good yields reported. Soybeans are 81 percent harvested, below the previous year level of 99 percent, but slightly above the five year average of 79 percent. Weather conditions allowed farmers to make good progress on harvest. TOBACCO: The Burley tobacco crop is at 28 percent stripped, below both 35 percent for the previous year and 33 percent for the five year average. The condition of tobacco that has been stripped was rated at 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Wheat: The percent of winter wheat planted was reported at 78 percent, compared to 92 percent for last year and the five year average of 74 percent. Wheat field conditions were rated 1 percent poor, 6 percent fair, 79 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. Winter wheat has gotten off to a good start due to adequate moisture levels. Pasture condition was reported at 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Recent rains have benefitted pastures as well as livestock, which are reported in good condition. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 31st to November 6th, 2011 Below Normal Temperature and Below Normal Rainfall The cooling trend continues 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 50 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 64 in the West to 62 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 41 degrees in the West to 36 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 71 degrees at Fort Campbell and the extreme low was 25 degrees at Paintsville. Rainfall for the period totaled 0.59 inches statewide which was 0.17 inches below normal and 78% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 0.42 inches, Central 0.50 inches, Bluegrass 0.89 inches and East 0.57 inches, which was -0.43, -0.29, 0.19 and -0.13 inches respectively from normal. By station, rainfall totals ranged from a low of 0.13 inches at Louisa to a high of 2.29 inches at Covington. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M. October 31st, 2011 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: A mid-week cold front brought scattered precipitation and cool temperatures throughout the state. With the weekend came some very nice weather for the season exemplified by mild temperatures and dry conditions. Average precipitation for the week totaled 1.01 inches, 0.26 inches above normal. The average temperature statewide was 52 degrees, 2 degrees lower than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 16 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. There were 4.3 days out of a possible 7 that were suitable for fieldwork. Farm activities for the past week primarily consisted of corn and soybean harvest, planting of winter wheat, and tobacco stripping. ROW CROPS: Corn harvesting is now 92 percent complete, compared to 100 percent for this time last year and 91 percent for the five year average. Soybeans are 68 percent harvested, below both the previous year level of 95 percent and the five year average 69 percent. Farmers benefitted from better weather as the week moved forward and were able to make progress on the remaining field work. TOBACCO: The Burley tobacco crop is now 21 percent stripped, compared to 22 percent for the previous year and 24 percent for the five year average. The housed tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Wheat: The percent of winter wheat planted was reported at 63 percent, compared to 79 percent for last year and the five year average of 63 percent. Pasture condition was reported at 1 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Pastures have been aided by some rainfall and mild daytime temperatures. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 24th to 30th, 2011 Below Normal Temperature and Above Normal Rainfall 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 52 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 66 in the West to 62 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 43 degrees in the West to 40 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 81 degrees at Calhoun and the extreme low was 24 degrees at Cynthiana. Rainfall for the period totaled 1.01 inches statewide which was 0.26 inches above normal and 135% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 0.90 inches, Central 0.89 inches, Bluegrass 1.20 inches and East 1.06 inches, which was 0.06, 0.12, 0.52 and 0.36 inches above normal. By station, rainfall totals ranged from a low of 0.12 inches at Poplar Bluff to a high of 1.75 inches at Lexington. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M. October 24th, 2011 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Cool temperatures and rain were prevalent throughout most of the week with the weekend bringing some clearing and warmer weather. Average precipitation for the week totaled 1.18 inches, 0.48 inches above normal. The average temperature statewide was 52 degrees, 4 degrees lower than normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 18 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. There were 4.3 days out of a possible 7 that were suitable for fieldwork. Primary farm activities for the week were harvesting corn and soybeans, seeding wheat, and stripping tobacco. ROW CROPS: Corn crop condition was rated as 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. The corn crop is now completely mature and ready to harvest. Corn harvesting is now 87 percent complete, compared to 99 percent for this time last year and 87 percent for the five year average. Soybean condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. As of Sunday, October 23rd, soybeans were 55 percent harvested, trailing last year at 88 percent and the five year average of 58 percent. TOBACCO: While there was some concern regarding quality and weight, all indications are that the tobacco crop is looking good for most growers. The tobacco crop is now 14 percent stripped, compared to 16 percent for the previous year and 17 percent for the five year average. The housed tobacco condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Wheat: The percent of winter wheat seeded was reported at 41 percent, compared to 68 percent for last year and the five year average of 49 percent. Condition of wheat was rated as 1 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 79 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Pasture condition was reported at 3 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. The rainfall from this past week should continue to promote pasture growth. The vast majority of farmers, at 89 percent, stated that they have an adequate hay supply. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 17th to 23rd, 2011 Below Normal Temperature and Above Normal Rainfall 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 52 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 10 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 61 in the West to 63 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 10 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 6 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 42 degrees in the West to 43 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 82 degrees at Pikeville and the extreme low was 28 degrees at Mayfield. Rainfall for the period totaled 1.18 inches statewide which was 0.48 inches above normal and 169% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 0.56 inches, Central 0.54 inches, Bluegrass 1.78 inches and East 1.82 inches, which was -0.21, -0.17, 1.13 and 1.16 inches respectively from normal. By station, rainfall totals ranged from a low of 0.23 inches at Glasgow to a high of 2.53 inches at Peabody. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M. October 17th, 2011 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Average temperatures across the State edged above normal for the second straight week after four weeks below normal. Temperatures averaged 62 degrees which was 4 degrees warmer than normal. Average rainfall for the week totaled 0.62 inches statewide, which is 0.10 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 22 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 23 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. There were 5.6 days out of a possible 7 that were suitable for fieldwork. Main farm activities for the week were harvesting corn, harvesting soybeans, planting wheat, cutting and housing tobacco, stripping tobacco, and the reseeding of hay fields and pastures. ROW CROPS: Corn crop condition was rated as 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Corn harvested was 80 percent, compared to 98 percent last year and 82 percent on average. Ninety-nine percent of the corn acreage was considered mature. Soybean condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Soybeans reported harvested was 40 percent, compared to 73 percent last year and 45 percent on average. Ninety percent of soybeans were reported to be shedding leaves, compared to 100 percent last year and 96 percent for the five year average. TOBACCO: No major disease problems have been reported in tobacco, and most concern has been weather related to quality, curing and demand. The housed tobacco condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Wheat: The percent of winter wheat seeded was reported at 22 percent compared to last year’s 39 percent and the five year average of 29 percent. Pasture conditions have continued to improve due to more seasonal temperature and precipitation patterns. Pasture condition was reported at 3 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 37 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 10th to 16th, 2011 Above Normal Temperature and Below Normal Rainfall 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 62 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and no change from the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 76 in the West to 71 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 51 degrees in the West to 52 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 88 degrees at Poplar Bluff and the extreme low was 36 degrees at Burkesville. Rainfall for the period totaled 0.62 inches statewide which was 0.10 inches below normal and 86% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 0.39 inches, Central 0.56 inches, Bluegrass 0.65 inches and East 0.90 inches, which was -0.35, -0.18, -0.05 and 0.18 inches respectively from normal. By station, rainfall totals ranged from a low of 0.13 inches at Fort Campbell to a high of 1.71 inches at Pikeville. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M. October 11th, 2011 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Average temperatures across the State edged above normal this week after four weeks below normal. Temperatures averaged 62 degrees which was 1 degree warmer than normal. Average rainfall for the week totaled 0.00 inches statewide, which is 0.79 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 23 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 22 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. There were 6.6 days out of a possible 7 that were suitable for fieldwork. Main farm activities for the week were harvesting corn, harvesting soybeans, planting wheat, cutting and housing tobacco, reseeding of hay fields and pastures, and general farm preparation for the coming winter months. ROW CROPS: Corn crop condition was rated as 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Corn harvested was 69 percent, compared to 95 percent last year and 74 percent on average. Ninety-six percent of the corn acreage was considered mature, behind the 100 percent for the previous year and the five year average of 97 percent. Soybean condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Soybeans reported harvested was 21 percent, compared to 58 percent last year and 32 percent on average. Fifty-seven percent of the soybeans were considered mature, far behind the 89 percent last year and the five year average of 71 percent. Eighty-four percent of soybeans were reported to be shedding leaves, compared to 97 percent last year and 89 percent for the five year average. TOBACCO: No major disease problems have been reported in tobacco, but there is considerable concern about weight and quality. Burley tobacco not ready for stripping was 80 percent. The amount of tobacco ready for stripping was 17 percent, while the amount of tobacco stripped was 3 percent. The housed tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Wheat: The percent of winter wheat seeded was reported at 9 percent compared to last year’s 23 percent and the five year average of 15 percent. Pasture conditions have continued to improve due to more seasonal weather patterns. Pasture condition was reported at 3 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 38 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period October 3rd to 9th, 2011 Above Normal Temperature and Below Normal Rainfall 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 62 degrees across the state which was 1 degree warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 80 in the West to 75 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 48 degrees in the West to 46 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 86 degrees at Morganfield and the extreme low was 32 degrees at Burkesville. Rainfall for the period totaled 0.00 inches statewide which was 0.79 inches below normal and 0% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches, which was 0.82, 0.83, 0.74 and 0.79 inches below normal. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M. October 3rd, 2011 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: For the fourth week in a row temperatures averaged below normal. Temperatures averaged 59 degrees which was 5 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous week. Patchy frost was reported across the State. Average rainfall for the week totaled 1.16 inches statewide, which is 0.34 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 19 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. There were 4.7 days out of a possible 7 that were suitable for fieldwork. Main farm activities for the week were harvesting corn, harvesting soybeans, cutting and housing tobacco, reseeding of hay fields and pastures, and general farm preparation for the coming winter months. ROW CROPS: Corn crop condition was rated as 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Corn harvested was 57 percent, compared to 89 percent last year and 62 percent on average. Ninety-two percent of the corn acreage was considered mature, well behind the 99 percent for the previous year and the five year average of 95 percent. As the corn harvest continues, reported yields remain mixed. Soybean condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Soybeans mature enough to be safe from frost damage was reported at 76 percent. Soybeans reported harvested was 10 percent, compared to 35 percent last year and 17 percent on average. Thirty-eight percent of the soybeans were considered mature, still far behind the 72 percent last year and the five year average of 52 percent. Seventy-two percent of soybeans were reported to be shedding leaves, compared to 92 percent last year and 78 percent for the five year average. TOBACCO: No major disease problems have been reported in tobacco, but there is considerable concern about weight and quality. Burley tobacco cut was at 85 percent, compared to 94 percent last year and 93 percent for the five year average. Dark tobacco cut, was 92 percent, which is slightly ahead of the reported 91 percent for the previous year and 90 percent for the five year average. Burley tobacco not ready for stripping was 87 percent. The amount of tobacco ready for stripping was 12 percent, while the amount of tobacco already stripped was 1 percent. The housed tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Wheat: The percent of winter wheat seeded was reported at 4 percent compared to last year's 10 percent and the five year average of 6 percent. Pasture conditions have continued to improve due to more seasonal weather patterns. Pasture condition was reported at 3 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 26th to October 2nd, 2011 Below Normal Temperature and Above Normal Rainfall 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 59 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 72 in the West to 67 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 8 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 49 degrees in the West to 49 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 90 degrees at Poplar Bluff and the extreme low was 31 degrees at Liberty. Rainfall for the period totaled 1.16 inches statewide which was 0.34 inches above normal and 141% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 0.90 inches, Central 1.40 inches, Bluegrass 1.70 inches and East 0.63 inches, which was 0.06, 0.51, 0.95 and -0.18 inches respectively from normal. By station, rainfall totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at Carbondale to a high of 4.21 inches at Covington. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M. September 26th, 2011 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Rain continued to fall this past week around the Commonwealth nearly every day. Temperatures averaged 66 degrees which was 1 degree cooler than normal. Average rainfall for the week totaled 1.52 inches statewide, which is 0.68 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 14 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 25 percent short, 67 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. There were 3.5 days out of a possible 7 that were suitable for fieldwork. Main farm activities for the week were harvesting corn, harvesting soybeans, cutting and housing tobacco, and clipping pastures. ROW CROPS: Corn crop condition was rated as 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Corn harvested was 44 percent, compared to 78 percent last year and 48 percent on average. Eighty-six percent of the corn acreage was considered mature, well behind the 96 percent for the previous year and the five year average of 89 percent. Ninety- six percent of corn had dented, also behind the 100 percent of a year ago and the average. As corn harvest continues, reported yields remain mixed. Soybean condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Soybean harvested was 3 percent complete, compared to 17 percent last year and 8 percent on average. Twenty-two percent of the soybeans were considered mature, still far behind the 57 percent last year and the five year average of 35 percent. Fifty-seven percent of soybeans were reported to be shedding leaves, compared to 82 percent last year and 63 percent for the five year average. TOBACCO: No major disease problems have been reported in tobacco, but there is considerable concern about weight and quality. Burley tobacco cut was at 75 percent, compared to 89 percent last year and 84 percent for the five year average. Dark tobacco cut, was 86 percent, which is slightly ahead of the reported 85 percent for the previous year and 79 percent for the five year average. The housed tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Pasture conditions have improved this past week. Pasture condition was reported at 4 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 19th to 25th, 2011 Below Normal Temperature and Above Normal Rainfall 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 66 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 73 in the West to 74 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 7 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 59 degrees in the West to 58 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 85 degrees at Poplar Bluff and the extreme low was 44 degrees at Carlisle. Rainfall for the period totaled 1.52 inches statewide which was 0.68 inches above normal and 181% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 2.60 inches, Central 1.05 inches, Bluegrass 1.36 inches and East 1.06 inches, which was 1.75, 0.13, 0.6 and 0.23 inches above normal. By station, rainfall totals ranged from a low of 0.45 inches at Paintsville to a high of 4.32 inches at Marion. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M. September 19th, 2011 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: Rain continued to fall this past week around most of the Commonwealth. Temperatures averaged 66 degrees which was 4 degrees cooler than normal. The double crop soybeans continue to improve with a few more good soaking rains this week. Average rainfall for the week totaled 0.62 inches statewide, which is 0.22 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 26 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 10 percent very short, 31 percent short, 57 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. There were 5.1 days out of a possible 7 that were suitable for fieldwork. Main farm activities for the week were harvesting corn, cutting and housing tobacco, and clipping pastures. ROW CROPS: Corn crop condition was rated as 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. Corn harvested was 32 percent, compared to 66 percent last year and 36 percent on average. Seventy-six percent of the corn acreage was considered mature, well behind the 92 percent for the previous year and the five year average of 81 percent. Ninety-two percent of corn had dented, also behind the 99 percent of a year ago and 98 percent for the average. The expectations of the crop in the field remain mixed. It remains to be seen if this return to more seasonable weather has an affect on the amount of grain going into the bins. Soybean condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 38 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Six percent of the soybeans were considered mature, far behind the 38 percent last year and the five year average of 14 percent. Thirty- four percent of soybeans were reported to be shedding leaves, compared to 67 percent last year, and 44 percent for the five year average. Farmers are hopeful that the recent rains will be able to stem the decline in their soybeans and start filling the pods. TOBACCO: No major disease problems have been reported in tobacco, but there is considerable concern about weight and quality. Burley tobacco cut was at 69 percent, compared to 81 percent last year and 77 percent for the five year average. Dark tobacco cut, was 79 percent, which is ahead of the reported 74 percent for the previous year and the 72 percent for the five year average. The housed tobacco condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Eleven percent of housed tobacco showing houseburn was rated as 10 percent light and 1 percent moderate. OTHER CROPS AND PASTURE: Pasture conditions have slightly improved this past week. Pasture condition was reported at 6 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 27 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Hay crop condition was rated at 6 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 29 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Kentucky Climate Summary For the Period September 12th to 18th, 2011 Below Normal Temperature and Below Normal Rainfall 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. Temperatures for the period averaged 66 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 79 in the West to 75 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 6 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 56 degrees in the West to 54 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at Carbondale and the extreme low was 39 degrees at Vanceburg. Rainfall for the period totaled 0.62 inches statewide which was 0.22 inches below normal and 74% of normal. Rainfall totals by climate division, West 1.39 inches, Central 0.33 inches, Bluegrass 0.59 inches and East 0.17 inches, which was 0.53, -0.61, -0.16 and -0.65 inches respectively from normal. By station, rainfall totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at Big Sandy to a high of 2.48 inches at Harrodsburg. --- Kentucky Crop and Weather Report Issued 4:00 P.M. September 12th, 2011 AGRICULTURAL NEWS: After seven straight weeks of below normal rainfall, most of the Commonwealth received some welcome rainfall during the first part of the week. Temperatures averaged 64 degrees which was 8 degrees cooler than normal, and except for the purchase area, a good portion of the State received beneficial rains this past week. The outlook for double crop soybeans took a positive turn in the face of what was becoming a pessimistic situation. A few more good soaking rains can help turn around pastures and start to refill ponds. Average rainfall for the week totaled 1.91 inches statewide, which is 1.11 inches above normal. Twenty-three out of 31 statewide weather stations reported precipitation of at least 0.10 inches for the week. Topsoil moisture was rated 8 percent very short, 28 percent short, 59 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 11 percent very short, 33 percent short, 54 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. There were 3.1 days out of a possible 7 that were suitable for fieldwork. Main farm activities for the week were harvesting corn, cutting and housing tobacco, and clipping pastures. ROW CROPS: Corn crop condition was rated as 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Corn harvested was 19 percent, compared to 51 percent last year and 25 percent on average. Fifty-eight percent of the corn acreage was considered mature, well behind the 85 percent for the previous year and the five year average of 71 percent. Eighty-one percent of corn had dented, also behind the 97 percent of a year ago and 94 percent for the average. Ninety-one percent of the corn has reached the dough stage, behind both 100 percent for the previous year and 99 percent for the average. The expectations of the crop in the field remain mixed. There has been a continued fear that both the size of the ear and the kernel fill will have been severely compromised by the hot summer. It remains to be seen if this return to more seasonable weather has an affect on the amount of grain going into the bins. Soybean condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Twenty-two percent of soybeans were reported to be shedding leaves, compared to 50 percent last y