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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.

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Climate Summaries By Climate Disision: West, Central, Bluegrass, East, All



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Kentucky Hydrologic and Agricultural Drought Status:

Date: Monday Dec 11 2017
Re: Palmer Drought (PDSI)/Crop Moisture (CMI) Indices

Below Normal Temperatures and Precipitation:

The Commonwealth got a taste of winter with below normal temperatures in place and 
even some early season snowfall. Precipitation came in a couple different rounds, 
one on Monday night/Tuesday and the other on Saturday. The first brought a round of 
widespread showers and gusty winds along a cold front. Most received between a half 
to three quarters inch. High temperatures cooled back into the 40s on Wednesday, but 
the state received another reinforcing shot of cold air on Thursday. Highs from 
Thursday onward stayed in the 30s for most, with lows dropping into the teens at 
times. Saturday brought the second round of precipitation, but with cold air already 
in place, snow accumulated for many locations. With that said, most accumulations 
were under a half inch.

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: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs
CENTRAL KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs
BLUEGRASS KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs
EAST KY Crop Moisture status is: Moisture Adequate For Present Needs

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 41 OF THE 2017 GROWING SEASON IS THE WEEK ENDING 9 DEC 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               40.6  0.72  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.07 0.39  0.68   0.58   -0.29    1.24 P
KY  2 CENTRAL               39.0  0.69  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.05 0.44  0.67   0.58   -0.35    2.16 P
KY  3 BLUEGRASS             38.2  0.61  1.00  8.00 100.0 0.05 0.39  0.58   0.34    0.17    1.37 P
KY  4 EASTERN               38.8  0.56  1.00  5.00 100.0 0.05 0.32  0.53   0.49   -0.39    1.54 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 200am EST, Sunday December 17, 2017

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 44 degrees west, near 37 degrees central, and near 39 degrees east. Current sky conditions are cloudy west, partly cloudy central, and cloudy east. In the west, relative humidity is near 55%, and the dew point is near 29 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 70%, and the dew point is near 28 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 62%, and the dew point is near 27 degrees. Current drying conditions are fair west, fair central, and fair east. Tobacco stripping conditions are marginal west, marginal central, and marginal east. Winds are calm west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the south at 9 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The wind chill is near 30 degrees central. Winds are from the southwest at 3 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. 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 44 degrees at Paducah. The lowest temperature is 31 degrees at London.

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