WKU receives grant for drought early warning system

Published: Aug. 16, 2018 at 3:57 PM CDT
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The Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University received a two-year $200,000 grant to develop the Kentucky Drought Early Warning System.

They received the grant from the National Integrated Drought Information System Program.

Kentucky is the first state in the region to receive a grant of this magnitude.

Dr. Stuart Foster, state climatologist for Kentucky and director of Kentucky Climate Center and Kentucky Mesonet. says a drought is a difficult hazard to be able to track and this system will change that.

"We will be adding additional soil moisture probes at some of our sites across the state, so we can better track what the soil moisture levels are," said Stuart Foster.

The multifaceted project will help the Kentucky Mesonet, the statewide weather and monitoring network, analyze data and make it available to farmers and other ag professionals via the internet to help them prepare for any possible upcoming drought conditions.

The Kentucky Climate center, in partnership with the NIDIS, the National Drought Mitigation Center and the Kentucky Division of Water will meet in Frankfort on September 6th to introduce the project and gather information.