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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.
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Click here for the latest Weekly Kentucky Weather Summary, and click here for the latest Monthly Kentucky Climate Report.
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Kentucky Hydrologic and Agricultural Drought Status:

Date: Monday Aug 22 2017
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Above Normal Temperatures and Rainfall:

The Bluegrass State saw a second straight week of above normal rainfall, while summer 
heat and humidity returned to the area after a two-week absence. Scattered to 
numerous showers and storms returned on Wednesday and Thursday, diminishing going 
into the day on Friday with the passage of a cold front. Combined with some activity 
on Monday, much of the area saw more than a half inch of rainfall, peaking in Eastern 
Kentucky with an average of nearly 1.5 inches. With that said, the moist air mass in 
place and multiple rounds of storms led to some locally higher amounts in the 2 to 3 
inch range. Ahead of the front, temperatures consistently lifted into the middle 80s 
to lower 90s for much of Kentucky. High dew points gave the feel that summer had 
returned, pushing heat indices well into the 90s and even approaching 100. Even with 
the passage of a cold front going into the weekend, temperatures did not break much 
with only less muggy conditions in place.

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: NEAR NORMAL

WEST KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Topsoil Moisture Short, Germination Slow
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots

Rainfall needed above normal to end the hydrological drought: West 4.53 inches, 
Central 0.00 inches, Bluegrass 2.56 inches and East 0.00 inches.

                                CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER, NCEP, NWS, NOAA
                    WEEK 25 OF THE 2017 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 19 AUG 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
KY  1 WESTERN               77.3  0.55  0.00  4.52  50.2 1.28 0.00 -0.49  -0.21   -0.87   -1.80 P   4.53
KY  2 CENTRAL               77.6  0.85  0.09  6.00  67.7 1.30 0.00  0.17  -0.21    0.41    0.45 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             76.3  0.75  0.00  5.88  65.4 1.25 0.00 -0.17  -0.08   -0.47   -1.14 P   2.56
KY  4 EASTERN               75.6  1.36  1.00  4.89  98.2 1.24 0.00  1.01  -0.38    3.30    1.08 F

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)

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Kentucky
Based on observations at 1000pm EDT, Tuesday August 22, 2017

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 75 degrees west, near 72 degrees central, and near 71 degrees east. Current sky conditions are clear west, cloudy central, and light rain east. In the west, relative humidity is near 76%, and the dew point is near 67 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 90%, and the dew point is near 69 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 93%, and the dew point is near 69 degrees. Current drying conditions are fair west, poor central, and poor east. The livestock heat stress category is no stress west, no stress central, and no stress east. Winds are from the northwest at 7 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southwest at 5 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are variable at 3 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to light rain. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 75 degrees at Paducah and Bowling Green. The lowest temperature is 70 degrees at Somerset and Fort Knox.

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

Updated Tuesday Evening, August 22, 2017

...Rain chances increase today...

The focus as of 4 PM is on two bands of showers and storms progressing to the SE ahead of a cold front. Activity will continue into the overnight, before diminishing across Southeastern Kentucky tomorrow morning. Could still see some strong to severe activity this afternoon with damaging winds as the main threat. Otherwise, most can expect a round of heavy rain with any passing storm.

Much cooler and drier air then filters into the area for the remainder of the week. Highs in the middle 70s to low 80s and lows in the 50s will be common.

Kentucky State Forecast

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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