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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. 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 May 21 2018
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Rainfall:

A summerlike pattern continued for a second straight week, but unlike the previous 
period, Kentucky saw daily rounds of showers and storms. Each day was a near replay 
of the previous as scattered showers and storms fired each afternoon and evening, 
before diminishing overnight. While coverage was not widespread, much of Kentucky 
still managed to pick up more than inch for the week. This was mostly due to the 
very moist and unstable atmosphere in place, which led to torrential rainfall at 
times and in turn, localized flooding. Temperatures remained very warm for this time 
of year, peaking early in the week. Kentucky saw record heat on Monday as highs 
pushed into the upper 80s to low 90s statewide.

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: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Favorable For Normal Growth And Fieldwork

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 64 OF THE 2017 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 19 MAY 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               70.3  1.18  0.38  8.00  93.1 1.03 0.00  0.30  -0.36   -0.56    0.91 P
KY  2 CENTRAL               72.7  0.80  0.00  7.97  88.5 1.14 0.00  0.25  -0.50   -1.13    1.63 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             72.2  1.67  0.83  8.00  98.1 1.13 0.00  0.58   0.01   -0.63    1.44 P
KY  4 EASTERN               72.3  1.08  0.28  5.00  88.1 1.15 0.00  0.03  -0.50   -1.35    1.30 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 900am EDT, Saturday May 26, 2018

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 72 degrees west, near 74 degrees central, and near 71 degrees east. Current sky conditions are fair west, fair central, and fair east. In the west, relative humidity is near 90%, and the dew point is near 69 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 81%, and the dew point is near 68 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 87%, and the dew point is near 67 degrees. Current drying conditions are poor west, poor central, and poor east. The livestock heat stress category is no stress west, no stress central, and no stress east. Winds are calm west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southwest at 9 mph 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 77 degrees at Louisville International and Louisville Bowman. The lowest temperature is 70 degrees at Somerset and Hopkinsville.

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