Kentucky Climate Update
Date: Monday Oct 22 2018 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall: The passage of multiple cold fronts kept a cooler air mass situated over the Bluegrass State for much of the period. Frost Advisories and Freeze Warnings were issued on multiple occasions. Most of the state saw extreme low temperatures drop into the upper 20s to middle 30s at some point over the past week. This was especially the case Saturday night, behind the passage of a strong cold front. This frontal boundary was the focus for high winds late Saturday with gusts in excess of 40 mph at times. Overall, the state average temperature for the week was 7 degrees below normal, which broke a seven week streak of above normal temperatures. Precipitation averaged about an inch with a couple widespread rounds of light to moderate showers, one coming on Monday and the other on Friday, carring over into the early stages of Saturday. WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL 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: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Prospects Above Normal, Some Fields Too Wet 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 33 OF THE 2018 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 20 OCT 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 ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) KY 1 WESTERN 51.7 1.11 0.83 3.40 47.0 0.29 0.00 0.46 0.33 1.34 -0.13 P KY 2 CENTRAL 52.8 1.87 1.00 7.96 99.6 0.33 0.00 1.72 1.02 3.18 2.50 F KY 3 BLUE GRASS 51.2 0.77 0.95 8.00 99.4 0.30 0.00 0.90 -0.15 3.18 3.05 F KY 4 EASTERN 52.0 1.04 1.00 5.00 100.0 0.31 0.39 1.11 0.13 4.54 2.61 FNote: In the "Precip Needed to End Drought" column...that rainfall is needed ABOVE NORMAL./K. Thomas Priddy, UKAWC
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Updated Tuesday, October 23, 2018
...Chilly, Dry Conditions Continue; Rain Later In The Week...
Dry and pleasant weather is expected through mid-week. A dry cold front will move across the region today, bringing a reinforcing shot of cooler air. The next shot for rains will come in later Thursday into Friday, as a storm system passes south of the region.
Kentucky Weather Forecast
Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast