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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



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

Date: Monday Feb 4 2019
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL
CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL
BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL
EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL

WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots

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.

                                CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA
                    WEEK 48 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 2 FEB 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
KY  1 WESTERN               30.9  0.06  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.00 0.06  1.03  -0.90   -0.49    1.40 P
KY  2 CENTRAL               30.6  0.07  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.00 0.07  1.25  -1.10   -0.26    3.50 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             26.2  0.09  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.00 0.09  1.16  -0.98   -0.06    4.15 P
KY  4 EASTERN               29.2  0.06  1.00  5.00 100.0 0.00 0.06  1.34  -1.21    0.33    3.87 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 200pm EST, Saturday February 23, 2019

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 59 degrees west, near 58 degrees central, and near 55 degrees east. Current sky conditions are heavy rain west, cloudy central, and partly sunny east. In the west, relative humidity is near 89%, and the dew point is near 56 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 84%, and the dew point is near 53 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 93%, and the dew point is near 53 degrees. Current drying conditions are poor west, poor central, and poor east. There is patchy fog west. Winds are variable at 5 mph west, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to heavy rain. Winds are from the southeast at 9 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the south at 8 mph 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 61 degrees at Fort Knox. The lowest temperature is 49 degrees at Covington.

Click here for the entire list of ag. weather observations across Kentucky.

Updated Saturday, February 23, 2019

...Flash Flood Watch Issued Through This Evening...
...Additional Heavy Rainfall & Strong To Severe Thunderstorms This Evening...
...Renewed Flood And River Flood Expected For Weekend And Into Next Week...

Widespread heavy rain is possible today, with strong storms this evening as a strong storm system affects the Ohio Valley. Strong and gusty west winds are expected on Sunday behind the departing system. Quiet weather and seasonable temperatures will follow Monday and Tuesday under sprawling high pressure. Periodic chances for light rain will return for the latter half of the upcoming week.

Area rivers will remain high from recent rainfall. See our webpage for the most recent updates to river flood advisories and flood warnings.

Heavy rain is likely today, with 1 to 2 inches of additional rainfall possible. Areal and renewed small stream flooding is likely where the heaviest rain falls, with localized flash flooding possible. Livestock producers should move animals to higher ground. Pet owners should also ensure pets are safe and moved from flood-prone and low-lying areas to higher ground.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible this evening as a strong cold front moves through the area. The strongest cells will be capable of producing locally damaging wind gusts and brief spin-up tornadoes, mainly along and west of I-65. Briefly torrential rainfall could result in additional flooding.

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