Kentucky Climate Update
Date: Monday Mar 13 2018 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: After a warm end to February and start to March, winter weather has made a return. Temperatures were warm early in the week, topping out in the upper 50s to low 60s on Tuesday, but a cold front moved through the area that night. Cloudy and cool conditions were seen on Wednesday, before temperatures took quite the plunge. Lows both Thursday and Friday mornings dipped into the 20s. This set the stage for snowfall to return. While the state did see some light rounds during the latter half of the workweek, more significant activity arrived for the weekend. The first round on Friday night brought a slushy one-inch of accumulation to the Bluegrass, in addition to portions of Central and Eastern Kentucky. This snow melted rather quickly with warm temperatures on Saturday, but a major winter storm then started to progress across the area later in the day on Sunday. Most of the precipitation from this system fell after the cutoff time for this period and will be addressed in the next weekly summary. 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: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots 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. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 54 OF THE 2017 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 10 MAR 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 44.1 0.26 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.14 0.12 1.97 -1.73 3.93 1.89 P KY 2 CENTRAL 41.7 0.20 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.11 0.09 1.70 -1.52 2.78 2.33 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 41.9 0.38 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.12 0.26 1.67 -1.15 3.72 1.69 P KY 4 EASTERN 39.2 0.27 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.07 0.20 1.31 -0.90 1.41 2.04 PNote: In the "Precip Needed to End Drought" column...that rainfall is needed ABOVE NORMAL./K. Thomas Priddy, UKAWC
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