Kentucky Climate Center webinar series provides updates on climatic conditions

In partnership with the National Integrated Drought Information System and in coordination with the Midwest Drought Early Warning System, the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU presents the Kentucky Monthly Climate Perspective on Drought and Hydrologic Conditions Webinar Series. Webinars highlight current climate conditions, weather and climate impacts, and outlooks for the next month and beyond, followed by a panel session for Q&A. 

“Recognizing that Kentucky’s economy is sensitive to weather and climate, our objective is to provide regular updates on climatic conditions,” said state climatologist Dr. Stuart Foster. “The monthly webinar series reflects a cooperative effort among many partners, including the University of Kentucky Agricultural Weather Center, the Kentucky Division of Water, the National Weather Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey, working together serve the commonwealth and its citizens.”

Dry conditions over recent months across western portions of Kentucky led to a U.S. Drought Monitor designation of D0, or “abnormally dry” conditions, across those areas earlier in June. D0 is not an indication of drought but can be a precursor to the emergence of drought. Meanwhile, a stationary frontal boundary has brought heavy rains to some areas, while leaving other areas dry over recent days. In order to help provide a more complete picture, you can register for the next webinar scheduled for Thursday (July 2) at 2 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. CDT.

Webinars are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month, with the option of greater frequency during drought episodes. Registration information for the Zoom meeting is below and will register you for all meetings. Due to recent security issues with Zoom, we have enabled a password and waiting room. If you need the password sent again, please let us know. 

Webinars will also be live streamed on YouTube for those who are unable to use Zoom.

2020 Schedule

  • July 2, 2 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. CDT
  • August 6, 2 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. CDT
  • September 3, 2 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. CDT 
  • October 1, 2 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. CDT
  • November 5, 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST
  • December 3, 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST

Contact: Stuart Foster, (270) 745-5983 or

Posted with permission from WKU News