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Drought or no drought?

Drought or no drought?

by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Yes, we do have a rainfall deficit, and a rainfall surplus.  But, either way look at it, right now it's getting a bit too dry.  Below is the Drought Monitor status released today showing our area still not officially under a drought.  However, just to our west it goes from 'Abnormally Dry' to a 'Moderate-Severe' drought quickly over western Kenucky and southwestern Indiana.  If we don't get a widespread rain soon, Kentuckiana will soon be under 'Abnormally Dry' or possibly a Level 1 Drought Status.

Below that map is our 7day forecast, which only calls for a few isolated pop-up showers or storms this weekend, and lots of hot weather which will continue to dry out our land.  All in all, it's not looking good for our lawns and gardens.

Since June we've only had 0.50" inches of rainfall, or a 1.28" rainfall deficit.  However, so far this year we've had 23.02", which is a 2.17" surplus.  But, most of that rain came during the winter and ealry spring, it's been a pretty dry end of spring.  Long range outlooks are looking pretty warm and dry.

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