Most people say that this spring is one for the history books. No one seems to remember a colder or snowier start to the spring.
The following are some figures for the northwest crop reporting district for some other cool/wet springs. The northwest crop reporting district is Pocahontas county and the counties north and west of it. These figures are from April 1 to April 17.
Year Growing degree days rainfall, inches days suitable for field work
1993 12 1.1 -
2011 80 1.8 1.7
2013 28 3.5 0.5
2018 9 1.8 0.1
Normal 79 1.3 -
This info confirms the obvious – we have a very slow start for the spring of 2018.
It also shows that this spring is just as cool as 1993 – but not as wet as 2013.