We've Sung This Tune Before

We've Sung This Tune Before! (Updated 8/20/08)

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...

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  • by Dominique Location: horse cave on Feb 10, 2010 at 12:33 AM
    Last time we had a bad winter storm and it should had been nothing is it going to get as bad or not? I hope it will just go around us? I say we will get a few more days of snow left unless there is more comeing in from behind it like last time. The kids need to go to school thay have to many days to makeup. The salt never did help the roads at all it just looked as bad as it did this morning.
  • by Teresa Manning Location: Summer Shade, Ky. on Sep 7, 2008 at 01:59 PM
    Bowling Green has had alot more rainfall than we here in Summer Shade. I believe if this area were checked, we would be considered "in a drought" seems it rains all around us and if we do get rain, it's a very few big drops, not even enough to wet the grass.
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