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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.

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Kentucky Hydrologic and Agricultural Drought Status:

Date: Monday Aug 14 2018
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

The state remained situated within an active pattern for a second straight week as 
Kentucky saw near daily bouts of showers and storms. While not everyone saw rainfall 
each day, the repetitive nature of the storms led to significant accumulations for 
much of Kentucky. The highest totals were seen across the Bluegrass, South-Central, 
and Southeastern Kentucky where 2+ inches was observed for many locations, even 
prompting some flooding issues. Portions of the Purchase area across Western 
Kentucky also benefited with an inch+. The much-welcomed rainfall occurred as the US 
Drought Monitor downgraded portions of the Purchase area into a Moderate drought with 
the latest update on Thursday. Until this period, Western Kentucky had gone three 
straight weeks of seeing below normal rainfall. While much of the state did see 
significant rainfall, one exception was counties bordering the Ohio River from Union 
County to roughly Jefferson, which received minimal amounts for the period.

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: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs

Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 3.70 inches, 
Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 0.00 inches and East 1.54 inches.

                                CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA
                    WEEK 23 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 11 AUG 2018
                                           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               78.9  0.85  0.00  4.39  48.7 1.38 0.00 -0.81   0.11   -1.27   -1.43 F   3.70
KY  2 CENTRAL               78.3  1.26  0.00  6.14  68.3 1.36 0.00  0.06   0.14    0.36   -0.27 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             77.4  1.30  0.36  6.41  75.2 1.32 0.00  0.16  -0.19    1.40   -0.25 P
KY  4 EASTERN               75.9  1.34  0.23  3.59  63.6 1.27 0.00  0.16   0.11    1.10   -0.69 P   1.54

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 400am EDT, Monday August 20, 2018

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 76 degrees west, near 73 degrees central, and near 71 degrees east. Current sky conditions are mostly cloudy west, fair central, and fair east. In the west, relative humidity is near 91%, and the dew point is near 73 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 87%, and the dew point is near 69 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 93%, and the dew point is near 69 degrees. Current drying conditions are poor west, poor central, and poor 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 southeast at 5 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are calm east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 76 degrees at Paducah, Louisville International, Louisville Bowman, and Bowling Green. The lowest temperature is 68 degrees at Somerset.

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