NWS forecast for any "City, St" or Zipcode

[Header Map]

University of Kentucky
Agricultural Weather Center
Serving Kentucky residents
On the World Wide Web at:

Current Conditions| Forecasts| Satellite| Radar| Media| Outlooks| Drought| Severe| Tropical Wx| Winter Wx| Climatology| Fire| NWS| Historical| About Us|

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



Click here for the SOI trend graph
Click here for the Weekly Palmer Drought and Crop Moisture data for Kentucky
Kentucky Hydrologic and Agricultural Drought Status:

Date: Monday May 20 2019
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Near Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Rainfall:

Kentucky rainfall has now been below normal for two straight weeks. Monday and 
Tuesday started the period cool and dry, before a disturbance passed through Western 
Kentucky on Wednesday. Many across this area saw anywhere from a quarter to an inch+, 
while the rest of the state remained dry. This was followed by another disturbance 
on Thursday evening and overnight, dropping through portions of Central and Eastern 
Kentucky. Storms were capable of producing heavy rain and dangerous lightning. Mostly 
dry conditions then returned for Friday and Saturday, accompanied by a return to 
summer heat and humidity. Highs rose into the middle to upper 80s for most with some 
even touching 90 degrees. Scattered activity returned on Sunday, but once again, most 
stayed dry. Over the past two weeks, a large section of Central and Eastern Kentucky 
are showing rainfall departures of 1 to 2 inches below normal. Some locations around 
Bowling Green are more than 2 inches below.

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: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL
EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL

WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork

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 63 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 18 MAY 2019
                                           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               63.8  0.57  0.30  8.00  92.3 0.77 0.00  0.35  -0.50   -1.68    1.61 P
KY  2 CENTRAL               62.8  0.15  0.00  7.99  88.7 0.75 0.00  0.19  -0.50   -2.03    2.25 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             61.4  0.27  0.40  8.00  93.4 0.72 0.00  0.09  -0.50   -1.06    2.60 P
KY  4 EASTERN               61.5  0.28  0.56  5.00  92.7 0.72 0.00  0.21  -0.50   -0.80    2.37 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 500am EDT, Monday May 27, 2019

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 68 degrees west, near 67 degrees central, and near 64 degrees east. Current sky conditions are fair west, fog central, and fog east. In the west, relative humidity is near 93%, and the dew point is near 66 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 90%, and the dew point is near 64 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 100%, and the dew point is near 64 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. Visibility is less than one mile central and east. Winds are calm west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are calm central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to fog. Winds are calm east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to fog. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 70 degrees at Owensboro, Hopkinsville, and Frankfort. The lowest temperature is 64 degrees at Somerset, Jackson, and Fort Knox.

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

Kentucky Weather Forecast

Western KY:
Central KY:
Eastern KY:

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