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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 Jun 29 2020
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Below Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Rainfall:

Exceptional rainfall fell across the Bluegrass State over this past week as the state 
averaged 2.25 inches. This broke a four week stretch of below normal rainfall. While 
the state saw numerous rounds of showers and storms through the period, the most 
intense activity occurred over the weekend. Several waves of storms pushed through 
Kentucky and as the state sat within a very moist air mass, torrential rainfall was 
common. One of these waves led to substantial flooding across portions of West 
Central Kentucky on Sunday. The three highest accumulations according to the Kentucky 
Mesonet on Sunday came from Ohio, Muhlenberg, and McLean Counties with totals of 4 to 
6+ inches. This wave carried southeast into South Central Kentucky with numerous 
stations over two inches for the day.

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: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL

WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs
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 0.00 inches and East 0.00 inches.

                                CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA
                    WEEK 17 OF THE 2020 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 27 JUN 2020
                                           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               74.7  2.07  0.81  6.77  84.2 1.26 0.00  0.50   0.79   -1.67    0.11 P
KY  2 CENTRAL               74.2  2.20  0.95  7.09  89.3 1.25 0.00  0.71   0.90   -1.47    1.88 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             73.7  1.74  0.50  6.45  77.2 1.24 0.00  0.13   0.54   -2.39    0.55 P
KY  4 EASTERN               73.1  1.13  0.00  4.16  69.3 1.23 0.00 -0.17   0.07   -2.35    2.23 P

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 100am EDT, Wednesday July 15, 2020

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 74 degrees west, near 68 degrees central, and near 73 degrees east. Current sky conditions are clear west, clear central, and clear east. In the west, relative humidity is near 78%, and the dew point is near 67 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 81%, and the dew point is near 62 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 65%, and the dew point is near 61 degrees. Current drying conditions are fair west, poor 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 southeast at 3 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southeast at 3 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 76 degrees at Louisville International. The lowest temperature is 66 degrees at Somerset and Henderson.

Click here for the entire list of ag. weather observations across Kentucky.

Updated Tuesday Evening, July 14, 2020

...Heat & Humidity Into The Weekend With Storms Later Wednesday/Thursday...

Radar remains clear early this evening across the Bluegrass State with semi-comfortable temperatures in the middle to upper 80s. This changes tomorrow and through the rest of the week with high heat and daily storm chances in the forecast. Highs each day will hover in the upper 80s to low 90s. More moisture will make it feel more like around 100 at times during the heat of the afternoon. Hence, livestock heat stress will run in the danger to emergency category on a daily basis.

Producers should minimize moving livestock around the farmstead or transporting animals to the market during afternoon and early evening hours until animal heat stress decreases. Also provide animals plenty of cool water and shade. More info on mitigating heat stress can be found here. Do not forget about pets too!

Outlooks hint that this hot pattern will last through next week. While it will be hot, most days feature at least a chance for rainfall. Heavy rain, lightning, and occasional gusty winds will remain the main threats.

Weather Forecast Across The Commonwealth Of Kentucky

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Specific and detailed farm-by-farm weather forecast information is available in your Point Ag Forecast. New County Ag Weather Page, Current Conditions:Kentucky, U.S.

Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

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