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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 Oct 16 2017
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

Wet conditions remained for a second straight week with the passage of a couple 
frontal systems. The first arrived on Tuesday as a warm front lifted north across 
the area. Widespread showers slowly pushed east/northeast across Kentucky during the 
day, before eventually becoming scattered overnight. The trailing cold front arrived 
on Wednesday and with moisture trapped in the low levels, mostly cloudy skies 
remained through Thursday. Skies cleared for the end of the workweek and start of 
the weekend with above normal temperatures returning to the area, but a secondary 
cold front quickly followed on Sunday. While accumulations were light with the 
frontal passage, winds became gusty behind the front at 30 to 40+ mph, ushering 
significantly cooler air into the area.

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

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

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

                                CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA
                    WEEK 33 OF THE 2017 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 14 OCT 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               67.1  1.71  1.00  4.97  66.4 0.73 0.00  0.75   0.36    1.08    0.96 P
KY  2 CENTRAL               67.5  2.11  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.75 0.35  1.73   1.01    1.18    2.18 F
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             67.2  1.79  1.00  5.93  77.0 0.75 0.00  0.85   0.56    0.65    0.95 F
KY  4 EASTERN               68.9  2.18  1.00  4.23  87.1 0.80 0.00  1.21   1.17    0.22    1.52 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 200pm EDT, Wednesday October 18, 2017

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 70 degrees west, near 67 degrees central, and near 68 degrees east. Current sky conditions are sunny west, not available central, and sunny east. In the west, relative humidity is near 39%, and the dew point is near 44 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 47%, and the dew point is near 46 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 38%, and the dew point is near 42 degrees. Current drying conditions are good west, good central, and good east. Tobacco stripping conditions are unfavorable west, unfavorable central, and unfavorable east. Winds are from the southwest at 12 mph with gusts at 21 mph west, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are variable at 6 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to not available. Winds are calm east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 70 degrees at Paducah, Henderson, and Bowling Green. The lowest temperature is 63 degrees at Somerset.

Click here for the entire list of ag. weather observations across Kentucky.

Updated Wednesday, October 18, 2017
...Mostly Sunny And Warmer Today...

The warming trend will really start to kick in during the middle to latter portion of this work week. Today's temperatures will return us to near our mid October seasonal norms, with Highs in the lower half of the 70s east to upper 70s west, and lows in the mid to upper 40s. Thursday highs rise further still, approaching 80 in some locations, with all of us averaging about 5 to 10 degrees above the seasonal norm. A look ahead shows the next chance of showers Sunday with the passage of a cold front.

Kentucky State Forecast

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Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Kentucky

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Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

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