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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 Apr 22 2019
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Near Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

According to data with the UK Ag Weather Center, April has been a fairly wet month 
thus far for the Bluegrass State with the state averaging 3.94 inches through the 
21st. This is about an inch above normal over that time span. A good portion of 
that total fell this past week as the state averaged 1.78 inches. Most of this 
activity fell over a three day period, lasting from Thursday into Saturday as a cold 
front and associated area of low pressure worked through the state. This marked the 
second straight week of above normal rainfall. A substantial area of Western/Central 
Kentucky and up into the Northern Bluegrass even received in excess of two inches 
with this round.

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

WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Excessively Wet, Some Fields Flooded
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet
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 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches.

                                CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA
                    WEEK 59 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 20 APR 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               56.1  2.63  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.46 2.17  3.06   1.28    1.15    3.16 F
KY  2 CENTRAL               57.2  2.57  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.51 2.06  2.85   1.27    1.02    4.09 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             57.0  1.85  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.53 1.32  1.83   0.83    0.34    3.78 P
KY  4 EASTERN               57.6  1.33  1.00  5.00 100.0 0.54 0.79  0.88   0.29   -0.84    3.35 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 1000am EDT, Friday April 26, 2019

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 58 degrees west, near 52 degrees central, and near 57 degrees east. Current sky conditions are fair west, cloudy central, and cloudy east. In the west, relative humidity is near 66%, and the dew point is near 47 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 77%, and the dew point is near 45 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 89%, and the dew point is near 54 degrees. Current drying conditions are fair west, fair central, and poor east. Winds are from the west at 14 mph with gusts at 23 mph west, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are from the west at 16 mph with gusts at 30 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are variable at 5 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 60 degrees at Bowling Green. The lowest temperature is 50 degrees at Covington.

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Updated Friday, April 26, 2019

...Breezy With Showers Ending, Decreasing Clouds Today...

Clearning in the west, widespread showers will move through the central & eastern region early this morning. Clouds will decrease from west to east and skies will become mostly sunny by afternoon. Gusty northwest winds are expected with sustained speeds of 15-20 MPH with gusts to 30 MPH at times. The winds will slacken off after sunset. Saturday will start off dry, but a weak frontal boundary will push in late in the day and may kick off a few showers.

Kentucky Weather Forecast

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Specific and detailed farm-by-farm weather forecast information is available in your Point Ag Forecast. New County Ag Weather Page, Current Conditions:Kentucky, U.S.

Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

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