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Drought conditions improve…slightly

Rain chipping away at the drought
Posted: 7:07 AM, Oct 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-19 07:48:02-04
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After the driest stretch in Bluegrass weather history, the rain has returned. Over the last few couple of weeks, rain chances have improved thanks to a more active pattern. This pattern has a cold front arriving every few days packing rainfall with it.

We still sit in a drought. By no means has it gone away or been remedied; however, we are improving. Since last week, our moderate drought locations have decreased from 66% to 56%. Our abnormally dry locations have also fallen from 97% to 92%. Locations most improved include the north and northeast part of the state, the Bluegrass, and the central corridor.

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Areas that have not improved are the southeastern counties. From the Mountain Parkway south, most counties are under severe drought. Severe drought has increased from 17% to 18%. Perry and Knott and Letcher counties have been suffering from extreme drought which covered about 1% of the state. Now, Harlan, Bell, Knox and Leslie have joined in, bringing the percentage up to 4%.
This weekend will bring in very little rain, despite being caught between two strong systems (one being a Tropical Storm). We will receive more rain with the second cold front, slated for Monday and Tuesday. This round should bring better chances of rain to help with the drought.

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