||Severe drought conditions near the Tennessee border at the start of the month overspread the remainder of western Kentucky. By the end of the month, the severe drought worsened to the extreme drought category for all but the Henderson/Owensboro area. A persistent 500 mb high over the southeast and south central U.S. steered rain-producing systems north and west of Kentucky. At Paducah, August 28 was the only day of the month when more than .01 inch fell. A thunderstorm on that day dropped 1.16 inches. The monthly total of 1.17 inches was the eighth lowest on record for August. Some locations in western Kentucky were running 12 to 18 inches below normal for the year-to-date. Paducah was 7.08 inches below normal. The Commonwealth of Kentucky maintained a Water Shortage Watch for Muhlenberg County, where dry conditions created the potential for drinking water supply problems. The city of Marion in Crittenden County asked residents to voluntarily reduce water use and limit outdoor watering. Marion residents were asked to follow an odd/even watering schedule. In Christian County, the water authority asked customers to limit landscape watering to four days per week. The main impact of the dry conditions was the low production of hay for livestock feed. The USDA declared 17 Kentucky counties agricultural disaster areas due to ongoing drought. These counties along the Tennessee border were designated as contiguous disaster areas. Soil moisture deficits in the top 12 inches of soil were running up to one to one and one-half inches below normal. Statewide, 71 percent of pasture land, 19 percent of the tobacco crop, 37 percent of the soybean crop, and 25 percent of the corn crop was rated poor or very poor. Crop damage estimates were not available yet. Fire danger was high to extreme at times, depending on wind and relative humidity levels. A few large fires in excess of 100 acres occurred. A woods fire that threatened a TVA power plant near Drakesboro in Muhlenberg County burned about 450 acres. Another fire in northern Graves County between Mayfield and Fancy Farm torched about 200 acres, mostly farm fields. In the southeast corner of Graves County near Bell City, another fire burned about 250 acres of grass, cornfields, and woods. A burn ban was initiated in all western Kentucky counties. Due to low flows on rivers, hydroelectric power generated at dams owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority was less than half of normal. Low water levels on the major rivers forced barge operators to lighten loads.