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Where's the Rain?

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When we hit dry stretches like the one we're currently in, it feels like an eternity since the last time we've gotten rain. It's only been 9 days since our last rainfall, which was the strong cold front that also brought damaging wind and a few weak tornadoes to the region. Still, one has to wonder how this affects the soil.

Despite the fact that we're 0.61” shy of average for rainfall this month, we've been at a surplus since April of this year. Since April, we've had more rain than average for 6 months in a row. Five of the six had amounts over 5.”

If we compare this to last year, it's a night and day difference. From April 2016 to November 2016, only four out of the eight months were higher than average for rainfall. While this might not seem like too big of an issue, take into account that starting in September of 2016 the rain amounts dropped off considerably. In fact, we received less than 2” per month. It's as if the rain spigot was shut off (metaphorically speaking).

Comparing drought monitors between the two seasons is also night and day. Last year at the end of November 100% of the state was abnormally dry. 99% of the state was in drought. The entire Bluegrass region as well as Southern and Eastern counties were in “Severe” drought category, and a sliver of counties stretching from Allen to Rockcastle were in “Extreme” drought.

Now, it wasn't a long drought. In fact, the very next month (December 2016) the rain spigot was turned back on. It rained 6.18” against an average of 3.93.” Starting in December of 2016 we started having rain surpluses each month until March of this year. We had so much rain in the month of December, that the drought was over by the beginning of 2017. Today, we are 100% drought-free due to the copious amount of rain each month since April!

It's like Forrest Gump said, “One day it started raining...and it didn't quit for four months.” Except in our case, it's was six.

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