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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 Dec 31 2018
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation:

Mild weather highlighted the final week of 2018. The first half of the week, 
including the Christmas holiday, was dry for the Bluegrass State with high 
temperatures increasing through the 40s and into the 50s. Widespread showers 
returned on Thursday and Thursday night as a couple disturbances moved through the 
state. Winds did get very breezy with gusts in excess of 40s mph and isolated 50 mph 
wind gusts. Overall, this was the only rain event for the week as the state averaged 
0.58 inches. Mild and dry conditions returned over the weekend with above normal 
temperatures back in place. Kentucky ended up closing 2018 with three straight weeks 
of above normal temperatures.

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

WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots
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: More Dry Weather Needed, Work Delayed

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 43 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 29 DEC 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
KY  1 WESTERN               41.4  0.66  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.08 0.58  1.28  -0.11    0.47    1.70 P
KY  2 CENTRAL               41.2  0.95  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.08 0.87  1.76  -0.03    0.57    3.90 F
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             39.7  0.57  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.07 0.50  1.34  -0.33    0.73    4.44 P
KY  4 EASTERN               39.5  1.02  1.00  5.00 100.0 0.06 0.96  2.17  -0.25    1.98    4.12 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)

30 Day Outlook Discussion Here
90 Day Outlook Discussion Here

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Kentucky
Based on observations at 800pm EST, Thursday January 17, 2019

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 46 degrees west, near 43 degrees central, and near 39 degrees east. Current sky conditions are cloudy west, cloudy central, and light rain east. In the west, relative humidity is near 82%, and the dew point is near 41 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 89%, and the dew point is near 40 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 100%, and the dew point is near 39 degrees. Current drying conditions are poor west, poor central, and poor east. Tobacco stripping conditions are favorable west, favorable central, and favorable east. There is patchy fog central. Visibility is less than one mile east. Winds are from the northwest at 7 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southwest at 8 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are variable at 5 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to light rain. 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 47 degrees at Bowling Green. The lowest temperature is 39 degrees at Jackson and Covington.

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

Updated Thursday Evening, January 17, 2019

......Heavy Rain and Flooding Saturday...Sharply Colder Saturday Night with Winter Mix and then Snow...
.........Bitter Cold Sunday thru Monday Morning with BRRR Wind Chills....

Light showers will push off to the east this evening and overnight, leading to dry conditions for the end of the work week. Kentucky will see similar temperatures tomorrow with highs low to middle 40s.

A much stronger system will bring more substantial rain, heavy at times, Friday night into Saturday. Widespread rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches are expected and could lead to localized flooding on creeks, streams, and low-lying areas, along with rises on some rivers.

A changeover to snow is expected from the northwest Saturday afternoon and evening as much colder arctic air arrives behind a strong cold front. Gusty northwest winds will result in wind chill readings in the single digits by late Saturday night and Sunday morning. Some snow accumulation is possible Sunday.

Temperatures plummet 20 to 30 degrees Saturday night and bitter cold temperatures continue into Monday morning. Livestock Cold Stress will plunge into the Emergency Category during this period.Wind chills Sunday will only be from 5-15, and from 3 below to 5 above zero early Monday morning.

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