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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 Sep 17 2018
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall:

Tropical Depression Florence started working through Kentucky over the latter half of 
the weekend. This became the third tropical system to make an appearance across the 
Commonwealth this year, along with remnants of Alberto and Gordon. Light to 
occasionally moderate showers associated with Florence were mainly confined to the 
eastern half of the state and for many, was the only precipitation seen for the week. 
While Eastern Kentucky averaged just over a half inch for the period, Western and 
Central Kentucky did not receive any significant rainfall. Most across this area 
either did not see accumulations or totals were below a tenth of an inch. 

WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL
CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL
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: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs

Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.76 inches, 
Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 0.93 inches.

                                CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA
                    WEEK 28 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 15 SEP 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               71.2  0.18  0.00  3.14  34.9 0.95 0.00 -0.82  -0.35   -1.01   -1.57 P   3.76
KY  2 CENTRAL               71.8  0.51  0.00  5.35  59.4 0.98 0.00  0.05  -0.13   -0.55    0.12 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             70.9  0.89  0.93  6.86  86.6 0.96 0.00  0.98  -0.46    2.00    1.91 P
KY  4 EASTERN               72.6  1.42  0.40  2.81  53.4 1.02 0.00  0.24   0.48   -0.08   -0.58 P   0.93

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 300am EDT, Monday September 24, 2018

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 69 degrees west, near 65 degrees central, and near 65 degrees east. Current sky conditions are light rain west, cloudy central, and light rain east. In the west, relative humidity is near 93%, and the dew point is near 67 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 93%, and the dew point is near 63 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 93%, and the dew point is near 63 degrees. Current drying conditions are poor west, poor central, and poor east. The livestock heat stress category is no stress west, no stress central, and no stress east. There is patchy fog west and east. Winds are calm west, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to light rain. Winds are from the east at 6 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are calm east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to light rain. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 72 degrees at Hopkinsville. The lowest temperature is 63 degrees at Covington.

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

Updated Sunday Evening, September 23, 2018

...Unsettled Conditions Continue Through Mid-Week; Heavy Rain Continues Possible...

A frontal boundary will remain located south of the region for the next several days. Aloft, a southwest flow will remain in place allowing several atmospheric disturbances to pass through the region. These disturbances will bring repeated rounds of rainfall to the region. A strong cold front is then forecast to push through the region by mid week bringing an end to the unsettled weather along with a shot of cooler air. Rainfall amounts over the next several days will likely average an additional 2 and 4 inches.

Kentucky Weather Forecast

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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