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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 Dec 3 2018
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation:

In typical Kentucky fashion, the weather pattern changed drastically through the 
week. Starting out, temperatures ran well below normal Monday and Tuesday. Breezy 
conditions pushed wind chills into the 20s on Monday and teens later that night. High 
temperatures then only made it to around 30 on Tuesday and with clouds breaking up 
that night, plummeted into the teens. Along with the cold came some bouts of snow 
showers, but that all came to an end rather quickly. By Friday, highs were back in 
the 50s and 60s, staying that way through the weekend. Even had a few stations break 
70. Along with the warmth, multiple rounds of rainfall pushed through the region. 
While lighter rainfall fell Thursday and Friday, more significant activity swept 
through the area Friday night and Saturday. After widespread showers early on with 
the passage of a warm front, scattered thunderstorms formed later in the day. 
Overall, the state averaged 1.67 inches of rainfall for the week. As a side note, 
the annual rainfall record was broke in Lexington with a month remaining in the year! 
As of December 3rd, Lexington has recorded 67.02 inches, which breaks the old record 
of 66.35 set in 2011.

WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL
CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME 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: Too Wet, Some Standing Water
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet

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 39 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 1 DEC 2018
                                           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               41.8  1.72  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.09 1.44  2.05   1.11    2.71    1.94 F
KY  2 CENTRAL               40.5  1.94  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.07 1.87  2.78   0.97    4.77    4.11 F
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             39.4  1.51  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.07 1.44  2.27   0.65    4.32    4.68 F
KY  4 EASTERN               38.9  1.18  1.00  5.00 100.0 0.06 1.12  1.91   0.36    4.27    3.84 F

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 December 15, 2018

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 50 degrees west, near 53 degrees central, and near 54 degrees east. Current sky conditions are cloudy west, cloudy central, and light rain east. In the west, relative humidity is near 89%, and the dew point is near 47 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 86%, and the dew point is near 49 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 90%, and the dew point is near 51 degrees. Current drying conditions are poor west, poor central, and poor east. Tobacco stripping conditions are favorable west, favorable central, and favorable east. There is patchy fog west. Winds are from the north at 10 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the north at 7 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are calm east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to light rain. 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 57 degrees at Bowling Green. The lowest temperature is 47 degrees at Covington.

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Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

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