Despite previous rainfall in some areas, many crops and gardens are still in need of rain. Most of us do not have to look far to see brown grass in our lawns. If you were some of the lucky ones that received rain in the last few storms, you will not have to drive far to find areas that still need rain.
Our monthly total so far is almost an inch behind for our rainfall totals when based on the 30 year normal. For the year we are at around 3 inches below normal for yearly rainfall. This may not seem like much, but the deficit in rain has happened relatively quickly rather than being spread out gradually through the year and this has began to take have a negative effect on crops, lawns, and gardens.
There is some good news ahead as a strong low pressure area will be heading into the Ohio Valley over the weekend. Although rain with this system will remain scattered, many people should receive at least some rain due to the fact the main storm system will hang around for several days. While not the best for outdoor activities, farmers and other related agricultural interests are not complaining.