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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.
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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 temperatures. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: 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. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 24 OF THE 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 ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) 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 FNote: In the "Precip Needed to End Drought" column...that rainfall is needed ABOVE NORMAL./K. Thomas Priddy, UKAWC
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.
for the entire list of ag. weather observations across Kentucky.
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!
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