Kentucky Climate Update
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. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION 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 ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) 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 PNote: In the "Precip Needed to End Drought" column...that rainfall is needed ABOVE NORMAL./K. Thomas Priddy, UKAWC
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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
Weather Forecast Across The Commonwealth Of Kentucky
Fayette County Precision Ag. Weather Forecast