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Kentucky Climate Update

This web page will provide users with an indepth view of the current climatological situation in Kentucky. Climate related graphs and maps will be update daily, weekly and monthly to provide Kentucky residents the latest information for Kentucky's past, present and future climate status. Sources are from UKAWC, NWS, NCEP, CPC, NCDC, USGS and the Kentucky Climate Center. Let us know if there are addition items you would like to see on this page. Tom Priddy, Director UK Ag. Weather Center. Click any image to enlarge. Additional drought information is available here.

Click here for the latest Weekly Kentucky Weather Summary, and click here for the latest Monthly Kentucky Climate Report. For Past Years Click here.





Climate Summaries By Climate Disision: West, Central, Bluegrass, East, All



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Click here for the Weekly Palmer Drought and Crop Moisture data for Kentucky
Kentucky Hydrologic and Agricultural Drought Status:

Date: Monday Mar 18 2019
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation:

Dry conditions ruled to start the week, but that quickly changed by Thursday as a 
strong low-pressure system worked through the area. Ahead of the low, temperatures 
warmed into the upper 60s to middle 70s both Wednesday and Thursday. Showers and 
storms arrived starting Wednesday night and intensified Thursday morning across 
Western Kentucky. This area saw strong to severe storms with some producing 
tornadoes, four in all, including an EF2 near Paducah. In addition to the storms, 
very breezy winds were present all day on Thursday. A High Wind Warning was even 
issued for portions of the state. Winds gusting between 40 and 50 mph was common 
outside of thunderstorms, but there were also several reports over 50, including 69 
mph in Fayette County! Precipitation was very slow to move east from Western Kentucky 
and slowly diminished in strength and intensity. In doing so, while Western Kentucky 
averaged 1.73 inches for the week and caused some flooding, Eastern Kentucky came in
at only 0.14 inches.

WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL
CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL
BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL
EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL

WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots

Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, 
Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches.

       WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION
                                CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA
                    WEEK 54 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 16 MAR 2019
                                           SOIL     PCT                           MONTH  PRELIM-P  PRECIP
                                         MOISTURE  FIELD                  CHANGE  MOIST  FINAL -F  NEEDED
                                       UPPER LOWER  CAP.  POT  RUN  CROP   FROM    ANOM  PALMER    TO END
                            TEMP  PCPN LAYER LAYER  END  EVAP  OFF MOIST   PREV    (Z)   DROUGHT   DROUGHT
ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION       (F)  (IN)  (IN)  (IN)  WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX   WEEK   INDEX  INDEX      (IN)
KY  1 WESTERN               50.2  1.69  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.27 1.42  2.74   0.10    2.91    3.37 F
KY  2 CENTRAL               50.0  0.35  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.28 0.07  1.75  -1.60    2.82    4.54 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             49.0  0.40  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.27 0.13  1.49  -1.22    2.06    4.71 P
KY  4 EASTERN               50.0  0.11  0.83  5.00  97.1 0.28 0.00  1.72  -1.72    4.42    5.17 P


 
Note: In the "Precip Needed to End Drought" column...that rainfall is needed ABOVE NORMAL./K. Thomas Priddy, UKAWC


Daily Streamflow Conditions/ Map of below normal 7-day average streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of the year (Kentucky)



30 Day Outlook Discussion Here
90 Day Outlook Discussion Here

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Kentucky
Based on observations at 1200pm EDT, Saturday March 23, 2019

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 54 degrees west, near 45 degrees central, and near 44 degrees east. Current sky conditions are fair west, fair central, and fair east. In the west, relative humidity is near 35%, and the dew point is near 27 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 49%, and the dew point is near 27 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 49%, and the dew point is near 26 degrees. Current drying conditions are good west, good central, and good east. Winds are from the east at 6 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are variable at 5 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are variable at 5 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The livestock cold stress index is in the no stress category west, no stress category central, and no stress category east. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 54 degrees at Paducah. The lowest temperature is 43 degrees at Covington.

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Kentucky Weather Forecast

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Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky