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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 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.

                                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
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 F

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 23, 2018

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 72 degrees west, near 70 degrees central, and near 66 degrees east. Current sky conditions are fair west, fair central, and fair east. In the west, relative humidity is near 32%, and the dew point is near 41 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 27%, and the dew point is near 35 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 34%, and the dew point is near 37 degrees. Current drying conditions are good west, very good central, and good east. Tobacco stripping conditions are unfavorable west, unfavorable central, and unfavorable east. Winds are from the east at 5 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the northwest at 9 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the northwest at 9 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 72 degrees at Paducah. The lowest temperature is 62 degrees at Covington.

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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

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Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

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