LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - We are now on El Nino watch which is characterized by unusually warm water in the Pacific near the Equator. Currently sea surface temperatures are trending toward an El Nino weather pattern. For the Bluegrass that could mean above average temperatures and more dry weather heading into Fall.
The drought has impacted farmers and more dry weather could take toll on their crops. You don't need a meteorologist to tell you July was hot. But the actual numbers show that it was not only the second hottest on record but one of the wettest.
The high and low temperature each day is averaged and for July that number is usually 76.2 degrees. But last month started with triple digit heat, averaging 80.5, second only to the searing heat of the 1930s Dust Bowl. And when the rain finally started to pour, daily slow moving scattered storms dumped heavy rain, causing flooding. But it came at a critical time for farmers who for weeks helplessly watched their crops wither in the fields.
"The beans were getting about this small and just withering up and dying. And some of the blooms where the bean itself comes from would just fall off the vines," says Georgetown farmer Mike Wesley.
Lexington went from the 5th driest June on record with a little more than an inch and a half of rain, to July the 9th wettest on record with more than 8 inches. The daily rain and even flooding brought Eastern KY out of a drought and eased conditions in the Bluegrass.
"People's second and third crops are starting to look good. We're getting more rain. The temperature dropped down. So we're actually getting possibly have a good run for green beans," says Wesley.
Some farmers tell us most Fall crops will still do well without much rain since it is usually the driest time of the year.