Moderate to Severe Drought conditions in west Kentucky

After a record wet start to the year, dry conditions arrived by August and continued through September, over a large part of our region. The lowest rainfall totals have been over western Kentucky and southwest Indiana. The remnants of tropical systems Gustav and Ike provided abundant rainfall for portions of southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.


 

Drought conditions continue to creep north and west from Tennessee. Below is the latest drought status map:Drought status map

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DGTPAH
ILC003-047-055-059-065-069-077-081-087-127-145-151-153-165-
181-185-191-193-199-INC051-125-129-147-163-173-KYC007-033-035-
039-047-055-059-075-083-101-105-107-139-143-145-149-157-177-
219-221-225-233-MOC017-023-031-035-133-143-157-181-201-207-223-
111200-
 
 
DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
1030 AM CDT FRI OCT 3 2008
 
 
...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXPAND WESTWARD IN KENTUCKY...
 
 
SYNOPSIS...
 
 
SEPTEMBER WAS DRY FOR MOST OF THE REGION. MANY KENTUCKY LOCATIONS
WERE 2 TO 3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MONTH. KENTUCKY HAS REPORTED
LESS THAN 50 PERCENT OF NORMAL RAINFALL DURING THE PAST 30 AND 60
DAYS...AND SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE PURCHASE AND PENNYRILE AREAS
STRETCH THIS BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL BACK 90 DAYS.
 
 
IN THE SEPTEMBER 30 ISSUANCE OF THE UNITED STATES DROUGHT
MONITOR...WEST KENTUCKY SOUTH OF A LINE FROM MURRAY TO GREENVILLE
WAS IN SEVERE DROUGHT. MUCH OF THE REST OF WEST KENTUCKY IS LISTED
IN MODERATE DROUGHT.
 
 
SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...
 
 
SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS.
AS OF OCTOBER 2...ALL OF WEST KENTUCKY AND MOST OF SOUTHEAST
ILLINOIS AND SOUTHWEST INDIANA ARE REPORTING SOIL MOISTURE DEFICITS.
CONDITIONS ARE DRIEST ACROSS KENTUCKY WHERE THE TOP 12 INCHES OF
SOIL IS HOLDING LESS THAN 20 TO 50 PERCENT OF THE MOISTURE THAT IT
NORMALLY WOULD HAVE THIS TIME OF YEAR. THE TOP 72 INCHES OF SOIL
WERE REPORTING DECIFICTS AS WELL.
 
 
AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS.
THE LATEST EDITION OF THE WEEKLY CROP AND WEATHER REPORT...ISSUED
SEPTEMBER 29...INDICATES THAT 93 PERCENT OF KENTUCKY TOPSOIL IS NOW
RATED AT SHORT OR VERY SHORT FOR SOIL MOISTURE AND 91 PERCENT OF
KENTUCKY SUBSOIL IS RATED AT SHORT OR VERY SHORT FOR SOIL MOISTURE.
THE DRY WEATHER WAS AFFECTING PASTURELAND AND HAY CROPS...WITH 77
PERCENT RATED POOR OR VERY POOR.
 
 
FIRE DANGER IMPACTS.
A MODERATE FIRE DANGER EXISTS ACROSS WEST KENTUCKY WITH WILDFIRES
REPORTED IN SEVERAL COUNTIES.
 
 
BURN BANS ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE FOLLOWING WEST KENTUCKY COUNTIES:
BALLARD...CARLISLE...HICKMAN...FULTON...MCCRACKEN...GRAVES...MARSHALL
...CALLOWAY...LYON...CALDWELL...TRIGG...CRITTENDEN...UNION...
HENDERSON...DAVIESS...WEBSTER...MCCLEAN...HOPKINS AND MUHLENBERG.
 
 
A BURN BAN IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR THE CITY OF EVANSVILLE INDIANA AND
WITHIN 4 MILES OF THE EVANSVILLE CITY LIMITS IN VANDERBURGH COUNTY.
 
 
CLIMATE SUMMARY...
 
 
IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS...ONLY ONE PRECIPITATION EVENT HAS OCCURRED
AND PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS WERE LESS THAN ONE-HALF INCH ACROSS THE
REIGON.
 
 
AT PADUCAH KENTUCKY...1.03 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN SINCE SEPTEMBER
1...THIS IS 2.75 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. SINCE JUNE 1...11.70 INCHES
HAS FALLEN...3.81 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. SINCE JANUARY 1...41.98
INCHES HAS FALLEN...4.88 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
 
 
AT EVANSVILLE INDIANA...1.16 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN SINCE
SEPTEMBER 1...THIS IS 2.01 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. SINCE JUNE 1...8.67
INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN...2.51 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. SINCE JANUARY
1...44.09 INCHES HAS FALLEN...10.14 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
 
 
PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
 
 
HIGH PRESSURE WILL KEEP CONDITIONS DRY ACROSS THE REGION INTO EARLY
NEXT WEEK. TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TO MODERATE WITH HIGHS IN THE
LOWER AND MIDDLE 80S BY SUNDAY.
 
 
THE 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK FOR OCTOBER 9 THROUGH 15...CALLS FOR ABOVE
NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION.
 
 
HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
 
 
AS OF OCTOBER 3...STREAMFLOWS ON MOST WEST KENTUCKY RIVERS ARE
RUNNING NEAR NORMAL. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT WE ARE IN THE
CLIMATOLOGICALLY DRIEST TIME OF YEAR FOR THE AREA AND STREAM FLOWS
ARE NORMALLY LOW.
 
 
AREA LAKES UNDER CONTROL OF THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
CONTINUE THEIR DRAWDOWN TOWARD WINTER POOL LEVELS.
 
 
NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
 
 
THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY
FRIDAY...OCTOBER 10.
 
 
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RELATED WEB SITES...
 
 
THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR FURTHER WEATHER AND
DROUGHT INFORMATION (ADDRESSES SHOULD BE IN LOWER CASE)...
 
 
LOCAL WEATHER...CLIMATE AND WATER INFORMATION...
   HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/PADUCAH
UNITED STATES DROUGHT MONITOR...
   HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/INDEX.HTML
NATIONAL INTEGRATED DROUGHT INFORMATION SYSTEM...
   HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV
MIDWEST REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER...
   HTTP://MRCC.SWS.UIUC.EDU/CLIWATCH/WATCH.HTM
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...
   HTTP://WWW.CPC.NOAA.GOV
USDA NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE...
   HTTP://WWW.NASS.USDA.GOV
KENTUCKY DIVISION OF WATER...
   HTTP://WWW.WATER.KY.GOV/
KENTUCKY DIVISION OF FORESTRY...
   HTTP://WWW.FORESTRY.KY.GOV/
USGS STREAMFLOW INFORMATION...
   HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV/WATERWATCH
ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE...
   HTTP://WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/AHPS2/INDEX.PHP?WFO=PAH
 
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
 
 
THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...THE
USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE NATIONAL
DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN
GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...COOPERATIVE NETWORK
STATIONS...THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY...AND THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF
ENGINEERS.
 
 
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
 
 
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION
PLEASE CONTACT...
 
 
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
 8250 KENTUCKY HIGHWAY 3520
 WEST PADUCAH KY 42086
 PHONE: 270-744-6440
 W-PAH.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV
 
 
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Below are a couple of drought-related information links for our region: 

 

 

 



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