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After record rainfall in 2018, most Kentucky cities nearing new milestones for 2019 precipitation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Several Kentucky cities had their wettest year ever in 2018 and, according to the latest data from the National Weather Service, rainfall this year in some areas is ahead of last year at the same time. Last year, Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort and Jackson all set records for annual precipitation, while the Huntington/Ashland area had their second-wettest year and Covington...

Bevin declares state of emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall across Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall which has caused widespread flooding and critical infrastructure damage across the Commonwealth. The Governor’s executive order enables the mobilization of state resources to be to be utilized in support of cities and counties as needed. Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) activated the State...

Wet week intensifies stressed pasture problems, creating more challenges for Kentucky farmers

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Agricultural land in the Bluegrass state is saturated with abundant rainfall from recent weeks. A new system threatens to drop 3 to 5 inches on top of soaked pastures, creating more problems for farmers who are already facing weather-related challenges with nutrition and overall animal health. “Unfortunately, more rain is on the way,” said Matthew Dixon,...

Rainfall a big problem for tobacco growers
but just ‘tip of iceberg’ of what they could face

Tobacco planting is behind schedule due to excess rains in the region. This patch in Scott County is one of the few where plants have made it into the ground. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Much like their corn-growing counterparts, tobacco growers in Kentucky are beginning to get a little nervous about the continued rainfall and inability to get their...