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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 Jun 7 2021
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

Following a drier month of May, the Bluegrass State saw quite the active pattern for 
the start of June. The brunt of the activity fell between Tuesday night and 
Thursday. Just about everyone across the state saw significant widespread rainfall. 
A large portion of Western Kentucky saw 2+ inches. Totals decreased to the east with 
most in the 0.5 to 1.5 inch range. Some strong to severe storms accompanied the 
activity on Thursday, producing gusty winds and moderate to heavy rainfall. During 
this time frame, temperatures ran below normal, not seeing an increase until Friday 
and Saturday. Highs on Saturday reached into the middle to upper 80s under partly to 
mostly sunny skies. The week then closed with scattered precipitation in place on 
Sunday. Overall, Western Kentucky averaged 2.46 inches for the week. Those numbers 
decreased quite drastically to the east with Eastern Kentucky only averaging 1 inch.

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 Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs
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 2.57 inches and East 3.10 inches.

       WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION
                                CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA
                    WEEK 66 OF THE 2020 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 5 JUN 2021
                                           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               66.5  2.02  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.75 0.13  1.19   1.16   -1.35    1.26 P
KY  2 CENTRAL               65.9  1.73  0.99  7.80  97.7 0.74 0.00  0.89   0.86   -1.74    0.80 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             64.7  0.88  0.17  7.83  88.8 0.71 0.00  0.13   0.15   -2.56   -0.91 P   2.57
KY  4 EASTERN               64.5  0.84  0.14  4.96  84.9 0.70 0.00  0.11   0.11   -2.64   -1.14 P   3.10


 
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 900am EDT, Thursday June 24, 2021

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 73 degrees west, near 71 degrees central, and near 68 degrees east. Current sky conditions are mostly sunny west, sunny central, and sunny east. In the west, relative humidity is near 63%, and the dew point is near 60 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 68%, and the dew point is near 60 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 65%, and the dew point is near 56 degrees. Current drying conditions are fair west, fair central, and fair east. The livestock heat stress category is no stress west, no stress central, and no stress east. Winds are from the south at 6 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the south at 9 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the south at 5 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 73 degrees at Paducah and Bowling Green. The lowest temperature is 68 degrees at Jackson.

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

Updated Tuesday Morning, June 22, 2021

Dry, much cooler, and less humid the next couple days

Is it June? Today is going to bring a different feel to the air. Behind a cold front, it will be a much cooler and less humid day. In fact, highs will struggle in the 70s under mostly sunny skies. After one more day of below normal temps tomorrow, we rise over the second half of the week. Conditions will remain dry through Thursday, before rain chances return Friday and over the weekend. Stay tuned as models are hinting at quite a bit of rainfall on the table. Outlooks hint at the wet pattern sticking around for the end of June and start of July.

Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

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