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Kentucky Climate Update
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.
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Kentucky Hydrologic and Agricultural Drought Status:
Date: Monday Oct 16 2017 Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall: Wet conditions remained for a second straight week with the passage of a couple frontal systems. The first arrived on Tuesday as a warm front lifted north across the area. Widespread showers slowly pushed east/northeast across Kentucky during the day, before eventually becoming scattered overnight. The trailing cold front arrived on Wednesday and with moisture trapped in the low levels, mostly cloudy skies remained through Thursday. Skies cleared for the end of the workweek and start of the weekend with above normal temperatures returning to the area, but a secondary cold front quickly followed on Sunday. While accumulations were light with the frontal passage, winds became gusty behind the front at 30 to 40+ mph, ushering significantly cooler air into the area. 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: NEAR NORMAL EAST KY Long-term Hydrological Moisture status is: NEAR NORMAL 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 2017 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 14 OCT 2017 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 67.1 1.71 1.00 4.97 66.4 0.73 0.00 0.75 0.36 1.08 0.96 P KY 2 CENTRAL 67.5 2.11 1.00 8.00 100.0 0.75 0.35 1.73 1.01 1.18 2.18 F KY 3 BLUEGRASS 67.2 1.79 1.00 5.93 77.0 0.75 0.00 0.85 0.56 0.65 0.95 F KY 4 EASTERN 68.9 2.18 1.00 4.23 87.1 0.80 0.00 1.21 1.17 0.22 1.52 FNote: In the "Precip Needed to End Drought" column...that rainfall is needed ABOVE NORMAL./K. Thomas Priddy, UKAWC
Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Kentucky
Based on observations at 1200pm EDT, Friday October 20, 2017
Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 69 degrees west, near 70 degrees central, and near 65 degrees east. Current sky conditions are cloudy west, sunny central, and sunny east. In the west, relative humidity is near 54%, and the dew point is near 52 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 52%, and the dew point is near 52 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 60%, and the dew point is near 51 degrees. Current drying conditions are fair west, fair central, and fair east. Tobacco stripping conditions are marginal west, marginal central, and marginal east. Winds are from the southwest at 6 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are calm 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 71 degrees at Henderson. The lowest temperature is 63 degrees at Somerset.
for the entire list of ag. weather observations across Kentucky.
Autumn-like weather will continue into the weekend. Rain chances ramp up west of I-65 on Saturday evening/Sunday, and a round of rainfall is likely for everyone Sunday evening into Monday. Temperatures will drop below normal Tuesday through the end of next week.
The updated long-range outlook for the coming winter indicated the Southern Ocillation
will be a factor to deal with this winter. The potential development of La Nina
puts Kentucky in line to see a warmer and wetter than normal winter. More info
Specific and detailed farm-by-farm weather forecast information is available in your Point Ag Forecast. Current Conditions Kentucky, U.S.
Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast
Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky