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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 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. WEEKLY PALMER DROUGHT AND CROP MOISTURE DATA FOR THE CLIMATE DIVISIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION 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 ST CD CLIMATE DIVISION (F) (IN) (IN) (IN) WEEK (IN) (IN) INDEX WEEK INDEX INDEX (IN) 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 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 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.
for the entire list of ag. weather observations across Kentucky.
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.
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