U.S. Drought Monitor depicted an astounding 76 percent of the lower 48 states in Abnormal Dryness, and 36 percent in Severe Drought or worse. This is a critical time for agriculture in the corn and soybean belt, as corn is in or approaching the pollination stage. The lack of water and the heat will take a toll on corn yields, and grain prices are already rising as the condition of the crop worsens. Soybeans can tolerate more heat and have some more time before they reach a critical period of development in August.
In an ironic twist, the High Park fire area west of Fort Collins, CO received two to four inches of rain this weekend, resulting in flash flooding. Debris from the fire was washing into piles creating debris dams, further exacerbating the flooding. Two weeks ago firefighters were dealing with the wildfire. This weekend they were pumping basements flooded by the rain.
With drought so dominant at this time, we need and appreciate your daily rainfall reports, especially those reports of ZERO. The spotty nature of showers and thunderstorms mean that some locations can receive inches of rain, while a few miles away there's not enough to settle the dust.
|Davidson County, TN rainfall for the morning of July 9, 2012. Nashville is located near the red dot.|
|On June 26 there were 9,561 total reports, of which 7,061 were zeroes (gray dots).|
So remember, "Be a Hero - Report Your Zero!"