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Updated Thursday Evening, August 16, 2018

...Waves Of Rainfall Into The Weekend...

Kentucky has entered into a rather active pattern over much of the upcoming week. Just today, counties along the river across North Central Kentucky recieved in upwards of 2 inches in spots. While numerous showers and storms exit Eastern Kentucky this evening, the current thinking is for scattered coverage to remain overnight, before another round of elevated coverage tomorrow. As was the case today, storms will be capable of producing very heavy rainfall and could lead to localized flooding.

Shower and storm chances then continue through the weekend and into the upcoming work week. Sunday appears to be the one day through the period where Kentucky could see a break.

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Regional Hourly Observations For BELL County, Kentucky
Issued at 500 PM EDT THU AUG 16 2018
...EASTERN KENTUCKY...
  
CITY           SKY/WX    TMP DP  RH WIND       PRES   REMARKS
JACKSON          N/A     81  73  76 VRB3      30.11F                  
LONDON         LGT RAIN  71  69  93 CALM      30.13R                  
SOMERSET*        N/A     72  72 100 SE5       30.10S                  
MONTICELLO*      N/A     76  71  85 NE8       30.09F                  
WILLIAMSBURG*    N/A     68  68 100 N3        30.13R                  
MIDDLESBORO*     N/A     85  69  58 SW3       30.13R                  
HARLAN APT*      N/A     82  70  66 CALM      30.15R                  
PIKE CO APT*     N/A     82  71  70 CALM      30.12F                  
BIG SANDY APT*   N/A     85  72  65 SW5       30.11S HX  90           
MOREHEAD APT*    N/A     77  72  83 CALM      30.09S                  
ASHLAND*         N/A     81  73  76 VRB3      30.06F                  

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Current Agriculture, Lawn & Garden Weather Conditions in Kentucky
Based on observations at 500pm EDT, Thursday August 16, 2018

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 87 degrees west, near 80 degrees central, and near 81 degrees east. Current sky conditions are fair west, fair central, and fair east. In the west, relative humidity is near 64%, and the dew point is near 74 degrees. The heat index is near 95 degrees west. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 71%, and the dew point is near 70 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 76%, and the dew point is near 73 degrees. Current drying conditions are fair west, fair central, and fair east. The livestock heat stress category is danger west, no stress central, and no stress east. Winds are from the southwest at 9 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the south at 14 mph with gusts at 23 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are variable at 3 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 89 degrees at Bowling Green. The lowest temperature is 71 degrees at London.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook For BELL County, Kentucky
406 PM EDT Thu Aug 16 2018

 DAY ONE  Tonight.

Thunderstorms are possible this evening and into tonight. Some of
these could be strong with gusty winds this evening. Heavy
rainfall will be the main threat through tonight.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Friday through Wednesday.

Thunderstorms are expected to be around the area on Friday. A few
of these could be strong with locally heavy rainfall possible
which will result in an increased risk for flash flooding.

Thunderstorms are also possible from Saturday through Wednesday, 
mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. 

 SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT  

Spotter activation may be needed for strong storms later today.

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7-Day Forecast For BELL County, KY
346 PM EDT Thu Aug 16 2018

LATE THIS AFTERNOON
Mostly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Light winds.

TONIGHT
Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.

FRIDAY
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms early, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Light winds. Chance of rain 60 percent.

FRIDAY NIGHT
Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms late. Patchy valley fog late. Lows in the upper 60s. Light winds. Chance of rain 60 percent.

SATURDAY
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Highs around 80. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.

SATURDAY NIGHT
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of showers late. Lows in the upper 60s. Light winds. Chance of rain 60 percent.

SUNDAY
Partly sunny with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s.

SUNDAY NIGHT
Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

MONDAY
Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s.

MONDAY NIGHT
Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

TUESDAY
Partly sunny with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s.

TUESDAY NIGHT
Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

WEDNESDAY
Partly sunny with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Partly cloudy. Lows around 60.

THURSDAY
Sunny. Highs around 80.

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Medium & Long Range Outlook For BELL County, Kentucky
                             KENTUCKY                                                                     
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                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                   AUG 22-26    AUG 24-30    AUG       AUG-OCT                      
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   Temperature:      Below        Above      Above      Above                      
 Precipitation:     Normal        Above     Normal     Normal                      

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Drought Status For BELL County, Kentucky
(Based on the latest Palmer Drought Severity and Crop Moisture Indices)
EASTERN   KY CLIMATE DIVISION

Hydrological Drought (PDSI) Situation:
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Current Long-term Hydrological Moisture Status: NEAR NORMAL           (PDSI=  -0.69)
Rainfall Needed:  1.54 inches ABOVE NORMAL


Crop Moisture (CMI) Situation:
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Current Short-term Crop Moisture Status: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs          (CMI=   0.16)
Change From Previous Week: WETTER     SOILS (  0.11)

Note: Due to rainfall variability within each climate division, check Precip Reports/GIS Estimates and the Kentucky Climate Summary for the latest moisture information for this county.

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Kentucky Climate Summary
Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period 08-08-2018 to 08-14-2018

Temperatures for the period averaged 75 degrees across the state which was 0 degrees from normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 87 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 67 degrees in the West to 66 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 94 degrees at MADISONVILLE 4S and the extreme low was 58 degrees at RICHMOND 8E.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.98 inches statewide which was 0.1 inches above normal and 111% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.89 inches, Central 0.90 inches, Bluegrass 0.99 inches and East 1.12 inches, which was 0.06, 0.04, 0.12 and 0.15 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.03 inches at CALHOUN 5NW to a high of 3.94 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S.

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Almanac Information
Thursday August 16, 2018 the 228th Day of Year

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SUN
Declination 13.420000
Distance 0.999717 AU
Rise 06:55 EDT Set 20:30 EDT
Transit Meridian 13:42 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 06:28 EDT Ends 20:56 EDT

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Normal Max/Min Temperature for Today: 86 / 63
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Calculations made for central point in Kentucky
Time in ET -- and will vary due to location and
elevation -- Priddy

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Weather History...



........................
AUGUST 16TH...HISTORIC WEATHER EVENTS
...1777...
The Battle of Bennington, delayed a day by rain, was fought. The rain
delayed British reinforcements, and allowed the Vermont Militia to arrive
in time, enabling the Americans to win a victory by defeating two enemy
forces, one at a time. (David Ludlum)
...1909...
A dry spell began in San Bernardino County of southern California that
lasted until the 6th of May in 1912, a stretch of 994 days! Another dry
spell, lasting 767 days, then began in October of 1912. (The Weather
Channel)
...1916...
Altapass NC was deluged with 22.22 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish
a state record. (The Weather Channel)
...1987...
Afternoon and evening thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced
severe weather from Oklahoma to Wisconsin and Lower Michigan. Thunderstorms
in central Illinois produced wind gusts to 80 mph at Springfield which
toppled two large beer tents at the state fair injuring 58 persons.
Thunderstorms also drenched Chicago IL with 2.90 inches of rain, making
August 1987 their wettest month of record. (The National Weather Summary)
(Storm Data)
...1988...
Thunderstorms developing along a slow moving cold front produced severe
weather from North Dakota to Lower Michigan during the day. Nine tornadoes
were sighted in North Dakota, and thunderstorms also produced hail three
inches in diameter at Lakota ND, and wind gusts to 83 mph at Marais MI.
Thirty-seven cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record high
temperatures for the date, including Rockford IL with a reading of 104
degrees. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
...1989...
Late afternoon and evening thunderstorms in the Central High Plains Region
produced golf ball size hail at La Junta CO, Intercanyon CO, and Custer SD.
Afternoon thunderstorms over South Texas drenched Brownsville with 2.60
inches of rain. Fair skies allowed viewing of the late evening full lunar
eclipse from the Great Lakes Region to the Northern and Central Plains
Region, and across much of the western third of the country. (The National
Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

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