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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.

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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 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.

                                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
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 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 900pm EDT, Sunday March 18, 2018

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 47 degrees west, near 48 degrees central, and near 51 degrees east. Current sky conditions are cloudy west, fair central, and fair east. In the west, relative humidity is near 76%, and the dew point is near 40 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 49%, and the dew point is near 30 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 39%, and the dew point is near 27 degrees. Current drying conditions are fair west, good central, and good east. Winds are from the east at 6 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the northeast at 7 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the northeast at 3 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 57 degrees at Louisville International. The lowest temperature is 44 degrees at Henderson.

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