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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 Jun 17 2019
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Below Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

Kentucky average rainfall was below normal for the week, but that does not tell the 
whole story. Western and Central Kentucky each averaged under a quarter inch for the 
week, well below normal. Accumulations increased farther east and especially north. 
The Bluegrass area averaged 1.53 inches behind multiple rounds of rainfall, mainly 
Wednesday and Sunday afternoons/evenings. Temperature-wise, it was a cooler week 
overall for the Bluegrass State with the weekly state average coming in below normal 
for this first time since March. The coolest period came Friday morning as clear 
skies and calm winds sent lows into the middle to upper 40s!

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

WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water

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 67 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 15 JUN 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               73.5  1.39  1.00  7.81  97.9 1.00 0.00  0.35   0.02   -1.47    0.26 P
KY  2 CENTRAL               72.1  3.53  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.96 2.57  3.70   1.41    1.47    2.88 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             70.2  1.79  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.90 0.72  1.22   0.40   -0.52    1.90 P
KY  4 EASTERN               69.2  2.49  1.00  5.00 100.0 0.86 1.63  2.26   0.95    0.04    2.10 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 500am EDT, Tuesday June 18, 2019

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 71 degrees west, near 67 degrees central, and near 68 degrees east. Current sky conditions are mostly cloudy west, mostly cloudy central, and cloudy east. In the west, relative humidity is near 90%, and the dew point is near 68 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 90%, and the dew point is near 64 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 100%, and the dew point is near 68 degrees. Current drying conditions are poor west, poor central, and poor east. The livestock heat stress category is no stress west, no stress central, and no stress east. There is patchy fog east. Winds are calm west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the south at 6 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are calm east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 72 degrees at Louisville International. The lowest temperature is 67 degrees at Lexington.

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