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Drought is officially over in all 120 Kentucky counties; recent rains eliminated deficits

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Office of the State Climatologist, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, have removed drought declarations for all 120 counties in the Commonwealth. Recent rains have eliminated precipitation deficits and improved stream flows and soil moisture levels. Precipitation events since Oct. 3, when the statewide Level 1 and Level 2...

Kentucky agriculture dealing with worsening drought conditions and the summer that never seems to end

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky It is the summer that never seems to end. Already into October, and much of Kentucky is still dealing with temperatures in the 90s. Coupled with the driest September since the 1800s, Kentucky farmers know something must give. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than half of Kentucky is in the severe drought category and some areas of southeastern Kentucky...

U.S. Drought Monitor places parts of Kentucky in ‘severe drought’ category as dry conditions persist

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Dry conditions in Kentucky have led to part of the state being placed in the “Severe Drought” category by the U.S. Drought Monitor this week.

 The U.S Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 The...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Instances of drought have a significant impact on wildlife and landscape

Drought, even a moderate drought, has an immediate, noticeable impact on the landscape. It’s officially autumn, but you wouldn’t know by the weather forecast. In central Kentucky daytime, high temperatures have averaged about 10 degrees above normal in recents weeks. On September 23, a rain “event” of 0.02 inches was reported at the Louisville International Airport weather station, ending a...

When you said ‘rain, rain go away,’ it worked; KY is in a drought situation and could use some now

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky experienced a lot of rain through the first half of the year, but that has reversed itself in recent weeks, with much of the state now in a drought situation.

 September is one of Kentucky’s driest months, and this year is no exception, with only widely scattered rain this month.

 Parts of Kentucky are now in a moderate drought due to our recent dry...

Small Business Administration economic injury disaster loans now available in Kentucky

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations located in Kentucky as a result of the drought that began on Nov. 15, 2016. The SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Bell, Clay, Harlan,...

Drought may mean farmers in 10 southeastern Kentucky counties are eligible for federal aid

Farmers in 10 southeastern Kentucky counties may be eligible for federal aid under an agricultural disaster declaration issued as a result of the ongoing drought throughout the Commonwealth. “The drought that has gripped Kentucky in recent months has been especially hard on farmers,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “Crops have been affected, and livestock producers have been forced...

Most of Kentucky now under Level I drought declaration; wildfires continue to rage in E. Kentucky

The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are issuing a Level I drought declaration for 117 counties in Kentucky. A Level I drought indicates moderate to severe drought conditions have developed, primarily affecting soil moisture and vegetative health. Increasing incidents of wildfires and adverse...