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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.
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Kentucky Hydrologic and Agricultural Drought Status:

Date: Monday Jun 19 2017
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

The Commonwealth saw an early start to summer as heat, humidity, and an unsettled 
pattern returned to the area. Highs consistently rose into the middle 80s to low 90s 
throughout the week. Combined with high humidity, heat indices increased well into 
the 90s. This pushed the livestock heat stress index into the danger category 
through the afternoon and early evening hours each day. With the heat and humidity in 
place, an unstable air mass developed almost each day of the week, leading to 
isolated to scattered storms. Even numerous coverage on Sunday. The very moist air 
led to torrential rainfall from time to time. Overall, the state averaged well over an 
inch for the week, just short of a half inch above normal.

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: MODERATE DROUGHT
EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL

WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork

Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 6.78 inches, 
Central 2.69 inches, Bluegrass 6.85 inches and East 4.61 inches.

                                CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA
                    WEEK 68 OF THE 2016 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 17 JUN 2017
                                           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               78.6  0.52  0.09  7.99  89.8 1.20 0.00  0.18  -0.50   -2.11   -1.90 F   6.78
KY  2 CENTRAL               77.4  0.99  0.66  8.00  96.2 1.15 0.00  0.33  -0.50   -1.47   -0.74 F   2.69
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             77.0  0.83  0.00  7.50  83.4 1.14 0.00 -0.11  -0.06   -3.26   -2.25 F   6.85
KY  4 EASTERN               74.9  0.95  0.38  5.00  89.7 1.07 0.00  0.00  -0.40   -1.79   -1.60 P   4.61

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)

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Kentucky
Based on observations at 400am EDT, Tuesday June 27, 2017

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 64 degrees west, near 59 degrees central, and near 61 degrees east. Current sky conditions are cloudy west, light rain central, and partly cloudy east. In the west, relative humidity is near 80%, and the dew point is near 58 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 72%, and the dew point is near 50 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 67%, and the dew point is near 50 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 calm west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the northwest at 10 mph with gusts at 17 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds and light rain. Winds are calm east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 64 degrees at Paducah. The lowest temperature is 54 degrees at Somerset.

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Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

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