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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 19 2018
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation:

Even with spring right around the corner, Old Man Winter is making his presence 
known. The week started with a major winter storm in progress. A large portion of 
the state’s midsection received in upwards of 4 inches. The highest accumulations 
were saw around Lexington, Danville, and Richmond with 8 to 10 inches in spots. 
Unlike the snow events of 2015, Kentucky did not have Arctic air in place. In fact, 
temperatures rose above freezing into the upper 30s to low 40s on Monday. Saying 
that, the heavy/wet nature of the snow caused some trees to fall and 
corresponding power outages. Temperatures more typical of January continued through 
Wednesday with another round of wintry weather on Tuesday night. After a warm up to 
end the work week, more showers and even storms arrived for the first half of the 
weekend. Overall, the state averaged just over a half inch for the week, marking the 
third straight week of below normal precipitation for the state.

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: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots
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 55 OF THE 2017 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 17 MAR 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               45.1  0.78  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.16 0.62  1.61  -0.36    3.44    1.70 P
KY  2 CENTRAL               43.1  0.84  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.13 0.71  1.56  -0.14    1.86    2.19 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             42.6  0.49  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.13 0.36  1.20  -0.47    1.81    1.33 P
KY  4 EASTERN               40.7  0.78  1.00  5.00 100.0 0.10 0.68  1.34   0.03   -0.22    1.92 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 1100pm EDT, Wednesday March 21, 2018

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 36 degrees west, near 29 degrees central, and near 30 degrees east. Current sky conditions are fair west, fair central, and cloudy east. In the west, relative humidity is near 69%, and the dew point is near 27 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 85%, and the dew point is near 25 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 88%, and the dew point is near 27 degrees. Current drying conditions are fair west, poor central, and poor east. Winds are calm west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southwest at 6 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The wind chill is near 23 degrees central. Winds are from the west at 6 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The wind chill is near 24 degrees east. 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 40 degrees at Hopkinsville. The lowest temperature is 29 degrees at Lexington.

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

Updated Wednesday Evening, March 21, 2018

...Snow tapering off, but dropping into the 20s tonight...

Precipitation will wane this evening and overnight with clouds clearing. This will set up a cold night ahead with temperatures dropping into the 20s. Possibly some low to middle 20s where the greatest snow pack exists. UK Horticulture specialist point to plasticulture strawberry growers at the most risk as blooms are killed at 30 degrees F. With these forecast temperatures, plantings will need protected. More information on potential damage to winter wheat can be found here.

The bad news is the active pattern is not over as the next significant round arrives Friday night and into Saturday. This system could bring in upwards of 1 to 2 inches for much of Kentucky, in addition to some wintry weather mixed in. Stay tuned.

Kentucky State Forecast

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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