Kentucky Climate Update
Date: Monday Jun 29 2020 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall: Exceptional rainfall fell across the Bluegrass State over this past week as the state averaged 2.25 inches. This broke a four week stretch of below normal rainfall. While the state saw numerous rounds of showers and storms through the period, the most intense activity occurred over the weekend. Several waves of storms pushed through Kentucky and as the state sat within a very moist air mass, torrential rainfall was common. One of these waves led to substantial flooding across portions of West Central Kentucky on Sunday. The three highest accumulations according to the Kentucky Mesonet on Sunday came from Ohio, Muhlenberg, and McLean Counties with totals of 4 to 6+ inches. This wave carried southeast into South Central Kentucky with numerous stations over two inches for the day. 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: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs 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: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed 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 17 OF THE 2020 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 27 JUN 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 74.7 2.07 0.81 6.77 84.2 1.26 0.00 0.50 0.79 -1.67 0.11 P KY 2 CENTRAL 74.2 2.20 0.95 7.09 89.3 1.25 0.00 0.71 0.90 -1.47 1.88 P KY 3 BLUEGRASS 73.7 1.74 0.50 6.45 77.2 1.24 0.00 0.13 0.54 -2.39 0.55 P KY 4 EASTERN 73.1 1.13 0.00 4.16 69.3 1.23 0.00 -0.17 0.07 -2.35 2.23 PNote: In the "Precip Needed to End Drought" column...that rainfall is needed ABOVE NORMAL./K. Thomas Priddy, UKAWC
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Updated Tuesday Evening, July 14, 2020
...Heat & Humidity Into The Weekend With Storms Later Wednesday/Thursday...
Radar remains clear early this evening across the Bluegrass State with semi-comfortable temperatures in the middle to upper 80s. This changes tomorrow and through the rest of the week with high heat and daily storm chances in the forecast. Highs each day will hover in the upper 80s to low 90s. More moisture will make it feel more like around 100 at times during the heat of the afternoon. Hence, livestock heat stress will run in the danger to emergency category on a daily basis.
Producers should minimize moving livestock around the farmstead or transporting animals to the market during afternoon and early evening hours until animal heat stress decreases. Also provide animals plenty of cool water and shade. More info on mitigating heat stress can be found here. Do not forget about pets too!
Outlooks hint that this hot pattern will last through next week. While it will
be hot, most days feature at least a chance for rainfall. Heavy rain, lightning, and occasional
gusty winds will remain the main threats.
Weather Forecast Across The Commonwealth Of Kentucky
Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast