Kentucky Climate Update
Date: Monday Oct 21 2019 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: The state averaged 0.81 inches for the period, marking a second straight week of above normal rainfall. The higher totals was a result of two events. The first event came Tuesday night as a cold front moved through the area. This boundary sparked a quick hitting round of widespread showers with embedded storms. Accumulations were generally between a half and one inch for most of the state. This was followed by the second event on Saturday as moisture streaming into the state around Tropical Storm Nestor sparked showers across primarily Southeastern Kentucky. For the week, this area saw 1 to 2 inches of rainfall, which was especially beneficial with recent dry conditions. While most of the state had seen major improvements in recent weeks, Southeastern Kentucky actually saw drought worsen with ‘Extreme’ drought expanding across this area. Bottom line, after a record breaking dry September, October is going in the opposite direction. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 0.00 inches, Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.47 inches and East 1.04 inches. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA WEEK 33 OF THE 2019 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 19 OCT 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 53.7 0.74 1.00 3.32 48.0 0.34 0.00 -0.62 0.27 -0.10 -0.21 P KY 2 CENTRAL 53.3 0.82 1.00 4.49 61.0 0.34 0.00 -0.24 0.36 0.87 -0.10 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 52.8 0.72 1.00 3.73 52.5 0.34 0.00 -0.66 0.30 0.44 -0.54 P 0.47 KY 4 EASTERN 52.2 1.02 1.00 1.91 48.5 0.32 0.00 -0.85 0.65 0.22 -0.80 P 1.04Note: In the "Precip Needed to End Drought" column...that rainfall is needed ABOVE NORMAL./K. Thomas Priddy, UKAWC
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Updated Tuesday, October 22, 2019
...Mostly Sunny, Windy & Dry Today...
Expect a dry, mostly sunny, and breezy day as high pressure slowly builds in
behind a departing cold front. Highs are expected to top out in the low to mid
60s with brisk southwest and west-southwest wind between 10 and 20 mph, gusting
between 20 and 30 mph at times. Minimum relative humidity values will bottom out
in the 40 percent range.
Kentucky State Forecast
Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast