Kentucky Climate Update
Date: Monday Mar 18 2019 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: Dry conditions ruled to start the week, but that quickly changed by Thursday as a strong low-pressure system worked through the area. Ahead of the low, temperatures warmed into the upper 60s to middle 70s both Wednesday and Thursday. Showers and storms arrived starting Wednesday night and intensified Thursday morning across Western Kentucky. This area saw strong to severe storms with some producing tornadoes, four in all, including an EF2 near Paducah. In addition to the storms, very breezy winds were present all day on Thursday. A High Wind Warning was even issued for portions of the state. Winds gusting between 40 and 50 mph was common outside of thunderstorms, but there were also several reports over 50, including 69 mph in Fayette County! Precipitation was very slow to move east from Western Kentucky and slowly diminished in strength and intensity. In doing so, while Western Kentucky averaged 1.73 inches for the week and caused some flooding, Eastern Kentucky came in at only 0.14 inches. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME 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: Too Wet, Some Standing Water 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. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 54 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 16 MAR 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 ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 50.2 1.69 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.27 1.42 2.74 0.10 2.91 3.37 F KY 2 CENTRAL 50.0 0.35 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.28 0.07 1.75 -1.60 2.82 4.54 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 49.0 0.40 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.27 0.13 1.49 -1.22 2.06 4.71 P KY 4 EASTERN 50.0 0.11 0.83 5.00 97.1 0.28 0.00 1.72 -1.72 4.42 5.17 PNote: In the "Precip Needed to End Drought" column...that rainfall is needed ABOVE NORMAL./K. Thomas Priddy, UKAWC
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