…and raining. And raining. According to the National Weather Service we’ve received 7.68 inches of rain for the month of May (through May 13), compared to a normal average of 1.48 inches for the same period. And that’s just the official rainfall total. We’ve dumped over 10 inches from our rain gauge over the past 10 days. Areas just a few miles to the south of us received up to 8 inches in just one evening last week.
This is a view behind our back fence several hours after one line of storms went through last Thursday. The water had been all the way up to our fence and into the back yard…
Here’s the rain gauge before it was emptied following a couple rounds of thunderstorms…
Needless to say, I haven’t been “properly” in my garden for a week as it’s either been raining or the ground has been too wet and mushy to walk on. I have plants that need to be staked because they’re falling all over themselves and others that need to be saved from the muck. Please tell me I’m not the only gardener who goes out after rains and attempts to “unstick” her flowers from the ground!?
The really good thing about all this rain? The combined water levels of the three lakes from which all of our consumable water comes has risen to 52% — up from 22.5% just ten days ago! With more storms and heavy rainfall predicted beginning tonight, and lasting through the weekend, these water levels should continue to rise. Also, our drought classification has been lowered by the NWS from “exceptional” — the highest level there is, and which we’ve been in since April 2011 — to “severe”. All good news!
The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.
For detailed drought information visit the the United States Drought Monitor site.