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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.
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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 Aug 14 2017
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

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 

WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL
CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL
BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL
EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL

WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet

Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.87 inches, 
Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.16 inches and East 0.00 inches.

                                CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA
                    WEEK 24 OF THE 2017 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 12 AUG 2017
                                           SOIL     PCT                           MONTH  PRELIM-P  PRECIP
                                         MOISTURE  FIELD                  CHANGE  MOIST  FINAL -F  NEEDED
                                       UPPER LOWER  CAP.  POT  RUN  CROP   FROM    ANOM  PALMER    TO END
                            TEMP  PCPN LAYER LAYER  END  EVAP  OFF MOIST   PREV    (Z)   DROUGHT   DROUGHT
KY  1 WESTERN               72.9  1.14  0.03  4.90  54.7 1.11 0.00 -0.28   0.52   -1.45   -1.56 P   3.87
KY  2 CENTRAL               72.3  1.64  0.54  6.00  72.7 1.10 0.00  0.38   0.62   -0.53    0.46 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             70.7  0.87  0.00  6.23  69.2 1.05 0.00 -0.09   0.08   -0.72   -1.01 P   2.16
KY  4 EASTERN               70.4  2.57  1.00  4.77  96.2 1.04 0.00  1.39   1.22    2.00    0.91 F

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)

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Kentucky
Based on observations at 500pm EDT, Friday August 18, 2017

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 89 degrees west, near 83 degrees central, and near 83 degrees east. Current sky conditions are sunny west, mostly sunny central, and sunny east. In the west, relative humidity is near 40%, and the dew point is near 62 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 50%, and the dew point is near 63 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 52%, and the dew point is near 64 degrees. Current drying conditions are good west, fair central, and fair east. The livestock heat stress category is danger west, no stress central, and no stress east. Winds are from the west at 6 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the west at 6 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the northwest at 12 mph with gusts at 18 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 89 degrees at Paducah. The lowest temperature is 81 degrees at Somerset.

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Updated Friday Evening, August 18, 2017
...Turning Dry Today......

All showers have exited the state with much less humid air filtering into the area. Other than a few showers across mainly the Bluegrass tomorrow, most look to remain dry for the weekend. The forecast for Eclipse Day still looks promising for a good view (partly cloudy with possibility of an afternoon pop-up), but it will be hot and humid. Pack some water!

Kentucky State Forecast

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Specific and detailed farm-by-farm weather forecast information is available in your Point Ag Forecast. Current Conditions Kentucky, U.S.

Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

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