Kentucky Climate Update
Date: Monday Dec 11 2017 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: The Commonwealth got a taste of winter with below normal temperatures in place and even some early season snowfall. Precipitation came in a couple different rounds, one on Monday night/Tuesday and the other on Saturday. The first brought a round of widespread showers and gusty winds along a cold front. Most received between a half to three quarters inch. High temperatures cooled back into the 40s on Wednesday, but the state received another reinforcing shot of cold air on Thursday. Highs from Thursday onward stayed in the 30s for most, with lows dropping into the teens at times. Saturday brought the second round of precipitation, but with cold air already in place, snow accumulated for many locations. With that said, most accumulations were under a half inch. 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: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs 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 41 OF THE 2017 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 9 DEC 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 40.6 0.72 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.07 0.39 0.68 0.58 -0.29 1.24 P KY 2 CENTRAL 39.0 0.69 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.05 0.44 0.67 0.58 -0.35 2.16 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 38.2 0.61 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.05 0.39 0.58 0.34 0.17 1.37 P KY 4 EASTERN 38.8 0.56 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.05 0.32 0.53 0.49 -0.39 1.54 PNote: In the "Precip Needed to End Drought" column...that rainfall is needed ABOVE NORMAL./K. Thomas Priddy, UKAWC
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Updated Thursday, December 14, 2017
...Cold End To The Work Week; Warming This Week End...
High pressure will move in behind a departing cold front today. This will allow winds to slowdown after sunrise. Winds will pick up again tomorrow as another trough passes through the region. No precipitation is expected until the weekend.
Kentucky State Forecast
Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast