Kentucky Climate Update
Date: Monday Sep 17 2018 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall: Tropical Depression Florence started working through Kentucky over the latter half of the weekend. This became the third tropical system to make an appearance across the Commonwealth this year, along with remnants of Alberto and Gordon. Light to occasionally moderate showers associated with Florence were mainly confined to the eastern half of the state and for many, was the only precipitation seen for the week. While Eastern Kentucky averaged just over a half inch for the period, Western and Central Kentucky did not receive any significant rainfall. Most across this area either did not see accumulations or totals were below a tenth of an inch. 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: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.76 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.93 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 28 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 15 SEP 2018 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 71.2 0.18 0.00 3.14 34.9 0.95 0.00 -0.82 -0.35 -1.01 -1.57 P 3.76 KY 2 CENTRAL 71.8 0.51 0.00 5.35 59.4 0.98 0.00 0.05 -0.13 -0.55 0.12 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 70.9 0.89 0.93 6.86 86.6 0.96 0.00 0.98 -0.46 2.00 1.91 P KY 4 EASTERN 72.6 1.42 0.40 2.81 53.4 1.02 0.00 0.24 0.48 -0.08 -0.58 P 0.93Note: In the "Precip Needed to End Drought" column...that rainfall is needed ABOVE NORMAL./K. Thomas Priddy, UKAWC
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Updated Sunday Evening, September 23, 2018
...Unsettled Conditions Continue Through Mid-Week; Heavy Rain Continues Possible...
A frontal boundary will remain located south of the region for the next several days. Aloft, a southwest flow will remain in place allowing several atmospheric disturbances to pass through the region. These disturbances will bring repeated rounds of rainfall to the region. A strong cold front is then forecast to push through the region by mid week bringing an end to the unsettled weather along with a shot of cooler air. Rainfall amounts over the next several days will likely average an additional 2 and 4 inches.
Kentucky Weather Forecast
Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast