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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 Nov 11 2019
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

Following a dry and fairly warm start to the period, a cold front moved through the 
area on Thursday. This boundary brought a round of widespread showers to the region 
with accumulations between 0.5 to 1.25 inches for much of the state, highest totals 
across Western Kentucky. Much cooler air of Canadian origin then filtered into 
Kentucky that night and into Friday. In fact, temperatures both Friday and Saturday 
mornings dropped into the low to middle 20s. A handful of locations even dropped 
into the upper teens. Conditions remained dry for the weekend with temperatures going 
on the increase, back to seasonable norms.

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: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork

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 36 OF THE 2019 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 9 NOV 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
KY  1 WESTERN               42.8  1.16  1.00  7.54  94.9 0.11 0.00  1.50   0.30    4.68    1.82 F
KY  2 CENTRAL               42.5  0.66  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.11 0.00  1.29  -0.33    3.87    2.44 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             41.5  0.67  1.00  6.87  87.4 0.10 0.00  0.83   0.01    3.76    1.80 F
KY  4 EASTERN               42.1  0.46  1.00  4.61  93.4 0.10 0.00  0.58  -0.08    3.93    1.52 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 400pm EST, Thursday November 14, 2019

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 49 degrees west, near 48 degrees central, and near 48 degrees east. Current sky conditions are partly sunny west, fair central, and fair east. In the west, relative humidity is near 39%, and the dew point is near 25 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 37%, and the dew point is near 23 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 37%, and the dew point is near 23 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 west at 6 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southwest at 7 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 49 degrees at Paducah, London, Hopkinsville, and Bowling Green. The lowest temperature is 40 degrees at Covington.

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Updated Thursday, November 14, 2019

...A Gradual Warming Trend Returning To Seasonal Temperatures...

Winds will remain out of the south today ahead of a weak cold front. Very little moisture is associated with the front, and other than some mid to high level clouds, not expecting any rainfall with the front. Winds will shift to the northwest behind the front this evening. Cool and dry conditions should continue through the remainder of the week.

Clear skies will lead to seasonably cold temperatures for the next few days. Expect a gradual warming with dry conditions through the end of the work week.

The medium range outlook appears pretty quiet with temperatures slowly trending back toward normal values. Right now the forecast calls for dry weather, although a few small chances for rain may occur early to middle next week.

Weather Forecast Across The Commonwealth Of Kentucky

Western KY:
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Specific and detailed farm-by-farm weather forecast information is available in your Point Ag Forecast. New County Ag Weather Page, Current Conditions:Kentucky, U.S.

Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

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