Finally some rain on the Crystal Coast

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Tue, 06/21/2011 - 02:38.

When I wrote the post, "Even at the coast, some rain must fall," on May 7, 2011, I had no idea that the rain I was describing would be the last significant rain we would see for almost six weeks.

That turned out to be the case. After the one quarter of inch of rain that we got on May 7, we did not see any measurable rain until early the morning of June 20 when we got at least six tenths of an inch of precipitation.

Fortunately we have been able to water our yards and gardens.  Farmers in the area haven't been that lucky.  Unless we get additional rain in the next few days, I suspect the area's field corn crop will be a complete loss.  It may already be damaged beyond repair at this point.

Some of our local vegetables are from irrigated fields so we are lucky in that respect.  However, there are a lot of area produce fields that are not irrigated so we need more rain if those fields are to bear fruit this year.

While it is nice to have sunny, blue skies, a summer without rain would be a disaster for lots of folks. Let's hope the recent rain is a signal that the weather patterns are changing, and there might be a chance to catch up on our precipitation deficit before the growing season ends.  The last I heard, our rainfall deficit year to date is over twelve inches.

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