Thursday, June 30, 2016

No Drought Yet, But Soon

Sure has gotten dry in a hurry.  This during the wet spring, I presented several times to various farmers in the months of March and April.  The story was the same and I heard the grumblings and saw the looks of skepticism when I said it was going to be a hot and dry summer.  I even went as far as to call for a "Likely" Drought this summer.  Well, fast forward 3 months, and here we are!

Rainfall Summary
Currently, most of northwest Ohio is "Abnormally Dry" which is the precursor to a drought.  Rainfall deficits in Toledo since May 1st are now at 4" Below Normal.  Rain will be expected Friday morning, but it won't be enough to reverse the course of the overall dry weather.  This time of year, between soil moisture loss and evapotranspiration, the ground can lose  over 1" of moisture per week!
Drought Monitor -- Abnormally Dry
 If this patter persist through the first week or two of July, I fully expect true drought conditions to develop by middle July.  What gave the early clues to a hot and dry summer? Could El Nino and La Nina be players in this warm and dry weather?  More on that in the next post to come!

~Meteorologist Chris Vickers