Kentucky Climate Update
Date: Monday Apr 22 2019 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Near Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: According to data with the UK Ag Weather Center, April has been a fairly wet month thus far for the Bluegrass State with the state averaging 3.94 inches through the 21st. This is about an inch above normal over that time span. A good portion of that total fell this past week as the state averaged 1.78 inches. Most of this activity fell over a three day period, lasting from Thursday into Saturday as a cold front and associated area of low pressure worked through the state. This marked the second straight week of above normal rainfall. A substantial area of Western/Central Kentucky and up into the Northern Bluegrass even received in excess of two inches with this round. 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: VERY MOIST SPELL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs 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 59 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 20 APR 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 56.1 2.63 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.46 2.17 3.06 1.28 1.15 3.16 F KY 2 CENTRAL 57.2 2.57 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.51 2.06 2.85 1.27 1.02 4.09 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 57.0 1.85 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.53 1.32 1.83 0.83 0.34 3.78 P KY 4 EASTERN 57.6 1.33 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.54 0.79 0.88 0.29 -0.84 3.35 PNote: In the "Precip Needed to End Drought" column...that rainfall is needed ABOVE NORMAL./K. Thomas Priddy, UKAWC
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Updated Friday, April 26, 2019
...Breezy With Showers Ending, Decreasing Clouds Today...
Clearning in the west, widespread showers will move through the central & eastern region early this morning. Clouds will decrease from west to east and skies will become mostly sunny by afternoon. Gusty northwest winds are expected with sustained speeds of 15-20 MPH with gusts to 30 MPH at times. The winds will slacken off after sunset. Saturday will start off dry, but a weak frontal boundary will push in late in the day and may kick off a few showers.
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Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast