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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 Nov 5 2018
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Near Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

The period started with near perfect weather in place as high pressure slowly worked 
across the area. This feature provided dry weather, mostly sunny skies, and warming 
temperatures, peaking in the upper 60s to middle 70s on Tuesday. Conditions 
deteriorated on Halloween and the first day of November as a cold front was very slow 
to work through the region. Widespread rains fell across the Commonwealth, but the 
majority of the soaking rainfall fell across Western Kentucky and areas northeast up 
into the Bluegrass. Many in this area saw 2 to 4+ inches for the week. Areas to the 
southeast missed out on much of the rainfall as the boundary stalled and only 
averaged a quarter to 1 inch for the week. Additional rain fell Friday and Sunday, but 
with much less in the way of any accumulations.

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

WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet
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 35 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 3 NOV 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               54.1  2.47  1.00  5.44  71.6 0.33 0.00  1.39   1.26    2.74    1.15 F
KY  2 CENTRAL               53.9  1.33  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.34 0.99  1.63   0.43    2.89    2.82 F
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             52.8  1.82  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.32 1.50  1.72   1.18    2.78    3.59 F
KY  4 EASTERN               52.4  0.33  1.00  5.00 100.0 0.31 0.02  0.45  -0.54    1.94    2.70 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 300am EST, Wednesday November 14, 2018

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 24 degrees west, near 29 degrees central, and near 32 degrees east. Current sky conditions are fair west, fair central, and cloudy east. In the west, relative humidity is near 74%, and the dew point is near 17 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 82%, and the dew point is near 24 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 88%, and the dew point is near 29 degrees. Current drying conditions are fair west, poor central, and poor east. Tobacco stripping conditions are marginal west, favorable central, and favorable east. Winds are from the northeast at 9 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The wind chill is near 14 degrees west. Winds are from the north at 8 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The wind chill is near 21 degrees central. 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 34 degrees at London. The lowest temperature is 24 degrees at Paducah.

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

Updated Tuesday Evening, November 13, 2018

...Rain/Light Snow Ending Today, Wintery Mix Later Tomorrow & Thursday...

Radar is clear late this afternoon, but mostly cloudy skies remains. This feature has kept highs in the 30s today. Look for those temperatures to dip into the middle to upper 20s tonight and stay in the upper 30s to low 40s tomorrow. Bottom line, below normal temperatures are sticking around.

Precipitation chances increase Wednesday evening and carry over into the day on Thursday with a disturbance passing aloft. This system is expected to bring a wintry mix to much of the region, mainly Wednesday night. Freezing rain and sleet accumulations will be possible with this event and impact morning commutes for portions of Central Kentucky and the Bluegrass, while snow appears to be a better bet across Western Kentucky. Stay tuned for a morning update tomorrow!

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Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

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