Bracken County, KY Weather And Climate Synopsis

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Updated Wednesday, March 21, 2018

...Winter Weather Advisory / Winter Storm Warning in Effect ...

Currently, most of Central/Eastern Kentucky and the Bluegrass is under a Winter Weather Advisory for today. Light snow is expected to continue for much of the morning. Additional snowfall amounts of up to 2 inches are expected across the area during this time, although most spots will see an inch or less of additional accumulation. As temperatures continue to fall to and just below freezing this morning, slick spots are expected to increase especially on side and untreated roadways. Portions of North Central Kentucky near Louisville, including the metro area, were upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning with 4 to 6+ inches in the forecast.

Clouds look to clear out later today. This will lead to a cold night with lows dipping into the mid to upper 20s. UK Horticulture specialist point to plasticulture strawberry growers at the most risk as blooms are killed at 30 degrees F. With these forecast temperatures, plantings will need protected.

More wet weather appears in store for the upcoming week.

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Regional Hourly Observations For BRACKEN County, Kentucky
Issued at 800 AM EDT WED MAR 21 2018
LEXINGTON      LGT SNOW  30  25  81 NW13G22   29.73R WCI  20          
COVINGTON      LGT SNOW  28  27  96 NW18      29.73R FOG     WCI  15  
FRANKFORT      LGT SNOW  30  25  81 NW14G23   29.75R WCI  19          

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Current Agriculture, Lawn & Garden Weather Conditions in Kentucky
Based on observations at 800am EDT, Wednesday March 21, 2018

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 35 degrees west, near 30 degrees central, and near 30 degrees east. Current sky conditions are cloudy west, light snow central, and light snow east. In the west, relative humidity is near 75%, and the dew point is near 28 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 81%, and the dew point is near 25 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 92%, and the dew point is near 28 degrees. Current drying conditions are fair west, poor central, and poor east. There is patchy fog east. Winds are from the northwest at 8 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The wind chill is near 29 degrees west. Winds are from the northwest at 13 mph with gusts at 22 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds and light snow. The wind chill is near 20 degrees central. Winds are from the west at 9 mph with gusts at 23 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds and light snow. The wind chill is near 22 degrees east. 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 35 degrees at Paducah. The lowest temperature is 28 degrees at Covington.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook For BRACKEN County, Kentucky
403 AM EDT Wed Mar 21 2018


This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for East Central Indiana, 
Northeast Kentucky, Northern Kentucky, Central Ohio, South Central 
Ohio, Southwest Ohio and West Central Ohio.

 DAY ONE  Today and Tonight.

Please listen to NOAA Weather Radio or go to on the
Internet for more information about the following hazards.

   Winter Weather Advisory.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Thursday through Tuesday.

The probability for widespread hazardous weather is low.


Weather spotters are encouraged to report snow and ice accumulations
to the National Weather Service.

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7-Day Forecast For BRACKEN County, KY
627 AM EDT Wed Mar 21 2018


Snow. Total snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Unseasonably cold with highs in the mid 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of snow 100 percent.

Cloudy with a chance of snow in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph, diminishing to around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of snow 30 percent.

Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening, becoming light and variable.

Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s. Northwest winds around 5 mph.

Partly cloudy. A chance of snow and rain after midnight. Lows around 30. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.

Rain and snow likely in the morning, then rain in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.

Rain. Lows in the lower 30s. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Partly cloudy. A chance of rain in the morning. Highs in the upper 40s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s.

Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.

Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.

Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 50s.

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Medium & Long Range Outlook For BRACKEN County, Kentucky
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                   MAR 26-30 MAR 28-APR 3    MAR       MAR-MAY                      
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   Temperature:      Above       Normal     Normal      Above                      
 Precipitation:      Above        Above      Above      Above                      

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Drought Status For BRACKEN County, Kentucky
(Based on the latest Palmer Drought Severity and Crop Moisture Indices)

Hydrological Drought (PDSI) Situation:

Current Long-term Hydrological Moisture Status: NEAR NORMAL           (PDSI=   1.69)
Rainfall Needed:  0.00 inches ABOVE NORMAL

Crop Moisture (CMI) Situation:

Current Short-term Crop Moisture Status: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots     (CMI=   1.67)
Change From Previous Week: DRIER      SOILS ( -1.15)

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 03-14-2018 to 03-20-2018

Temperatures for the period averaged 46 degrees across the state which was 1 degrees cooler than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 58 in the West to 57 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 38 degrees in the West to 34 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 78 degrees at BARBOURVILLE 3E and the extreme low was 17 degrees at HARRODSBURG 3N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.58 inches statewide which was 0.44 inches below normal and 57% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.74 inches, Central 0.57 inches, Bluegrass 0.53 inches and East 0.50 inches, which was 0.34, 0.5, 0.4 and 0.5 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at MONTICELLO AWOS to a high of 1.25 inches at MAYFIELD 6SW.

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Almanac Information
Wednesday March 21, 2018 the 80th Day of Year

Declination 0.620000
Distance 0.999721 AU
Rise 06:39 EDT Set 18:52 EDT
Transit Meridian 12:45 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 06:14 EDT Ends 19:17 EDT

Normal Max/Min Temperature for Today: 59 / 36

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...

A tornado swarm occurred in the Deep South. Between late afternoon and
early the next morning severe thunderstorms spawned 31 tornadoes in
Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee. The tornadoes killed 334
persons and injured 1784 others. Northern Alabama was hardest hit.
Tornadoes in Alabama killed 286 persons and caused five million dollars
damage. (David Ludlum)
Severe thunderstorms spawned thirty-one tornadoes across Arkansas,
Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky. The tornadoes
killed 343 persons and caused 15 million dollars damage. Arkansas and
Tennessee each reported thirteen tornadoes. The towns of Judsonia AR and
Henderson TN were nearly wiped off the map in what proved to be the worst
tornado outbreak of record for Arkansas. A tornado, one and a half miles
wide at times, left a church the only undamaged building at Judsonia.
(David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)
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