Dust to mud in 4 days.

August 19, 2015 4:23 PM
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We have experienced quite a turnaround in weather the last four days.  Last Sunday August 16 – we were experiencing dry soil, high temperatures and crop stress.  After a late Sunday afternoon rain shower of around 0.5 inch – things were looking good. 

However, the rain persevered and now as of August 19 – many locations have had 5 to 9 inches of rain.  The rate of rainfall was fairly easy so most of the rainfall soaked in.  A few small creeks are running full but nothing serious.  Areas around Royal, Rossie, Emmetsburg and West Bend received 7 to 9 inches of rain from August 16 to 19.

The US Drought Monitor had much of my area categorized as ‘abnormally dry’.  I would expect much of that to change on August 20 when the Drought Monitor is updated.  However, the northwest part of my area – which includes parts of Clay, Dickinson, Kossuth and Emmet county received about 2 inches of rain with the recent storms.  So those areas may remain ‘abnormally dry’ by the Drought Monitor. 



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