We've Sung This Tune Before! (Updated 8/20/08)
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Water Shortage Warnings. Cracked, parched ground. Sizzling 100 degree days. These are things that probably conjure up images of August 2007. It was the hottest month EVER for Bowling Green, with an average temperature (lows and highs of all 31 days combined) of 85 degrees! Accopanying this excessive heat were many days without rainfall, with only a little over 1" recorded for the month. As you may recall, the extreme drought condtions persisted well into the fall before the pattern changed and more rains came. By late October, things were wet, which is the way it remained in this part of the world well into the spring. As it turns out, that was a good thing.
The summer of '08 has been, well, topsy-turvy in the rainfall department. June was our third driest of all time, but we made up for it in July, with final tallies about 2" above normal for the month in most areas. But since July 26th, we have not seen daily rainfall exceed 1", and now it seems an all too familiar problem is resurfacing: Dry ground!! Lawns are turning brown, and crops and gardens are getting thirsty. We do need rain.
Technically speaking, our area is NOT in drought at this time. The reason is that wet period from last fall to early spring that was mentioned earlier. We had emassed a surplus that carried us through the first few months of the year, and even though we dipped into the "minus" column in June, we rallied to near annual normals by the end of July. As I post this, we are almost 2 1/2" in the hole, largely thanks to the paltry .13" we've received so far this month. It could be worse...MUCH worse: At this point last year, our rainfall deficit stood at a whopping 13.55"! That's why the overall situation now is not as dire as in '07. That being said, a little tropical moisture (hint, hint for you, Fay!) would come in handy right now...