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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 Oct 21 2019
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

The state averaged 0.81 inches for the period, marking a second straight week of 
above normal rainfall. The higher totals was a result of two events. The first 
event came Tuesday night as a cold front moved through the area. This boundary 
sparked a quick hitting round of widespread showers with embedded storms. 
Accumulations were generally between a half and one inch for most of the state. This 
was followed by the second event on Saturday as moisture streaming into the state 
around Tropical Storm Nestor sparked showers across primarily Southeastern Kentucky. 
For the week, this area saw 1 to 2 inches of rainfall, which was especially 
beneficial with recent dry conditions. While most of the state had seen major 
improvements in recent weeks, Southeastern Kentucky actually saw drought worsen with 
‘Extreme’ drought expanding across this area. Bottom line, after a record breaking
dry September, October is going in the opposite direction.

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 Improved But Rain Still Needed
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Improved But Rain Still Needed
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 0.47 inches and East 1.04 inches.

       WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION
                                CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA
                    WEEK 33 OF THE 2019 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 19 OCT 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
ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION       (F)  (IN)  (IN)  (IN)  WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX   WEEK   INDEX  INDEX      (IN)
KY  1 WESTERN               53.7  0.74  1.00  3.32  48.0 0.34 0.00 -0.62   0.27   -0.10   -0.21 P
KY  2 CENTRAL               53.3  0.82  1.00  4.49  61.0 0.34 0.00 -0.24   0.36    0.87   -0.10 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             52.8  0.72  1.00  3.73  52.5 0.34 0.00 -0.66   0.30    0.44   -0.54 P   0.47
KY  4 EASTERN               52.2  1.02  1.00  1.91  48.5 0.32 0.00 -0.85   0.65    0.22   -0.80 P   1.04


 
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 300pm EDT, Tuesday October 22, 2019

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 63 degrees west, near 64 degrees central, and near 62 degrees east. Current sky conditions are fair west, fair central, and fair east. In the west, relative humidity is near 36%, and the dew point is near 36 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 39%, and the dew point is near 39 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 46%, and the dew point is near 41 degrees. Current drying conditions are good west, good central, and good east. Tobacco stripping conditions are unfavorable west, unfavorable central, and unfavorable east. Winds are from the west at 17 mph with gusts at 31 mph west, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are from the west at 20 mph with gusts at 35 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are from the southwest at 8 mph with gusts at 28 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 66 degrees at Louisville International. The lowest temperature is 61 degrees at Covington.

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Updated Tuesday, October 22, 2019

...Mostly Sunny, Windy & Dry Today...

Expect a dry, mostly sunny, and breezy day as high pressure slowly builds in behind a departing cold front. Highs are expected to top out in the low to mid 60s with brisk southwest and west-southwest wind between 10 and 20 mph, gusting between 20 and 30 mph at times. Minimum relative humidity values will bottom out in the 40 percent range.

Kentucky State Forecast

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Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

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