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Kentucky Climate Update

This web page will provide users with an indepth view of the current climatological situation in Kentucky. Climate related graphs and maps will be update daily, weekly and monthly to provide Kentucky residents the latest information for Kentucky's past, present and future climate status. Sources are from UKAWC, NWS, NCEP, CPC, NCDC, USGS and the Kentucky Climate Center. Let us know if there are addition items you would like to see on this page. Tom Priddy, Director UK Ag. Weather Center. Click any image to enlarge. Additional drought information is available here.

Click here for the latest Weekly Kentucky Weather Summary, and click here for the latest Monthly Kentucky Climate Report. For Past Years Click here.





Climate Summaries By Climate Disision: West, Central, Bluegrass, East, All



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Click here for the Weekly Palmer Drought and Crop Moisture data for Kentucky
Kentucky Hydrologic and Agricultural Drought Status:

Date: Monday Nov 16 2020
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

The week opened with an extension of dry conditions from the previous period. The 
dry weather was accompanied by well above normal temperatures, record breaking in 
some cases. Highs on Monday and Tuesday rose into the middle 70s to low 80s. The 
exceptional warmth then ended on Tuesday night and Wednesday with the passage of a 
cold front, which dropped temperatures back closer to seasonable norms for the second 
half of the week. The boundary also brought a round of rainfall with totals much 
more significant across the eastern half of Kentucky compared to the western half. 
Another front then pushed through the area over the weekend. Combined with the first 
boundary earlier in the period, the state averaged about an inch for the week. The 
bigger story with the cold front over the weekend was the very breezy conditions in 
place. As the boundary pushed through the region, most across Kentucky saw peak 
gusts between 40 and 50 mph. 

WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL
CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL
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: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork
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 37 OF THE 2020 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 14 NOV 2020
                                           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               58.2  0.78  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.41 0.06  1.41  -0.58    5.13    3.83 P
KY  2 CENTRAL               57.7  0.55  0.86  8.00  98.4 0.41 0.00  0.72  -0.39    2.76    3.06 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             55.8  0.74  1.00  6.60  84.5 0.38 0.00  0.64  -0.17    3.48    1.09 P
KY  4 EASTERN               57.0  1.29  1.00  3.28  71.4 0.40 0.00  0.66   0.47    1.40    1.15 P


 
Note: In the "Precip Needed to End Drought" column...that rainfall is needed ABOVE NORMAL./K. Thomas Priddy, UKAWC


Daily Streamflow Conditions/ Map of below normal 7-day average streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of the year (Kentucky)



30 Day Outlook Discussion Here
90 Day Outlook Discussion Here

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Kentucky
Based on observations at 900pm EST, Sunday November 29, 2020

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 42 degrees west, near 49 degrees central, and near 54 degrees east. Current sky conditions are mostly cloudy west, cloudy central, and cloudy east. In the west, relative humidity is near 85%, and the dew point is near 38 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 74%, and the dew point is near 41 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 54%, and the dew point is near 38 degrees. Current drying conditions are poor west, fair central, and fair east. Tobacco stripping conditions are favorable west, marginal central, and marginal east. Winds are calm west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the west at 3 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are calm east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. 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 54 degrees at Jackson. The lowest temperature is 40 degrees at Hopkinsville.

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Kentucky State Forecast

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Specific and detailed farm-by-farm weather forecast information is available in your Point Ag Forecast. New County Ag Weather Page, Current Conditions:Kentucky, U.S.

Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky