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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.

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 Mar 9 2020
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation:

The work week started with mild and wet conditions in place. Widespread showers 
worked across the area Monday morning ahead of an upper level disturbance. After a 
short break that afternoon, another round moved through Kentucky that evening and 
overnight. This time though, numerous showers was accompanied by scattered storms. 
Some storms became strong to severe across Western and South-Central Kentucky, 
producing large hail and even a couple tornadoes. Overall, this accounted for the 
brunt of the rainfall for the week with the state averaging 1.28 inches. Saying that, 
portions of Western and South Central Kentucky saw more than two. The rest of the 
week stayed quiet with fluctuating temperatures, cooling off toward the end of the 
work week and warming up again over the weekend.

WEST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL
CENTRAL KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: EXTREME MOIST SPELL
BLUEGRASS KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL
EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: VERY MOIST SPELL

WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Too Wet, Some Standing Water
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots

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 53 OF THE 2019 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 7 MAR 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               49.4  1.50  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.24 1.26  2.21   0.29    1.69    3.01 F
KY  2 CENTRAL               47.1  1.90  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.21 1.69  2.73   0.66    2.29    4.23 F
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             45.3  0.66  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.18 0.48  1.34  -0.40    1.00    2.65 P
KY  4 EASTERN               44.8  1.05  1.00  5.00 100.0 0.16 0.89  1.81  -0.05    1.97    3.74 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 1000pm EDT, Monday March 30, 2020

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 57 degrees west, near 53 degrees central, and near 56 degrees east. Current sky conditions are fair west, fair central, and fair east. In the west, relative humidity is near 62%, and the dew point is near 44 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 41%, and the dew point is near 30 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 34%, and the dew point is near 28 degrees. Current drying conditions are fair west, good central, and good east. Winds are calm west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the west at 6 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the west at 3 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The livestock cold stress index is in the no stress category west, no stress category central, and no stress category east. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 58 degrees at Hopkinsville. The lowest temperature is 50 degrees at Frankfort and Covington.

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

Updated Monday Evening, March 30, 2020

...Mostly Dry This Week, Except Increase Rain Chances Mostly South On Tuesday...

High temperatures have reached the low to middle 60s today. Low relative humidities combined with a breezy west wind has led to some fire weather conditions for portions of Eastern Kentucky, prompting a Red Flag Warning. Outdoor burning is not recommmended.

After a dry day, rain returns to the area late tonight and through the day tomorrow, ending west to east. This will likely be a light rainfall event with the highest accumulations expected across the southern half of the state with totals around a half inch or so. Decreasing farther north. The rain and cloud cover will keep temperatures much cooler on Tuesday with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s.

Looking ahead, dry weather returns through the end of the work week, along with a gradual warming trend.

Weather Forecast Across The Commonwealth Of Kentucky

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Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast

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