Thanks to Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky farmers are concerned about an early drought that’s affecting western and central sections of the state. A level one drought has been declared for 24 counties, meaning conditions have developed that affect soil moisture and vegetative health. University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Tom Priddy says the drought… Continue reading Drought Conditions Raising Concerns in Western, Central Kentucky
“We had several locations that got anywhere between two and three inches of rain just in that 24 hour period alone, ” said Ryan Sharp, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Louisville office.
In Louisville, precipitation levels are more than four inches below average for September and October. National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Schoettmer says storms like the ones that swept through the area Tuesday are not beneficial during droughts.
The hot, dry summer has led to a water shortage in southern Indiana, and a conservation advisory is in effect in two nearby counties.
The Indiana American Water Company is asking Clark and Floyd county residents to voluntarily cut back on water usage.
For the month of June, the Louisville-area has tallied almost three times more rain than average. National Weather Service meteorologist Don Kirkpatrick says so far this month, Louisville has received more than seven-and-a-half inches of rain, well above the average of two-point-seven inches. Kirkpatrick says the extra precipitation is helpful. “It bodes well for us… Continue reading Unusually High Rainfall Totals Could Prevent Drought
Researchers with the U.S. Global Change Research Program say the country is already feeling the impacts of climate change. In the southeast, they found that average annual temperatures decreased between 1901 and 1970. But since then temperatures have increased nearly two degrees Fahrenheit.
The recent ice storm may have helped replenish some of Kentucky’s low water supply after two years of drought. Soils have received a much needed dose of moisture, reservoir and river levels are up, and ground water is more plentiful. But state climatologist Stuart Foster says droughts are not going to be an anomaly.
Louisville is on the verge of a moderate drought. Keys Arnold with the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Weather Center says the area is already in a mild drought. “Rainwise, it’s been incredibly dry. We’ve actually had a significantly drier year than last year, when at this time we were approaching extreme drought,” says Arnold. “The… Continue reading Moderate Drought Coming for Louisville, Lexington Areas
Louisville needs to keep moving forward when it comes to new innovations in water storage and treatment. That’s according to a University of Kentucky researcher who says water is likely to become a commodity – like oil – in the future. Louisville doesn’t struggle with drought as many Kentucky cities do because it’s located on… Continue reading Water Could Become the New Oil, says UK Researcher