Parched

brown dry grass

Lush it is not.

Walking across a field of brown, crunchy grass we tried to remember the last time there had been significant rain. You know, something more than just a few drops -- actual, I-don't-have-to-water-the-garden-today rain.

So we looked it up. And it's been while.

rainfall early summer 2012

In this case, we're counting anything over a tenth of an inch as significant rain. That's one the marks the National Weather Service uses in its monthly climate summary. For example, on average June includes 7.6 days with at least 1/10 of an inch of rain.

By that standard, the last significant rain we had was back on June 13 -- about 3.5 weeks ago. There's been rain since then (see graph above), but not much (though July 3 did log .09 inches).

A typical June has 3.79 inches of rain. This past June had 2.15. A typical July has 1.03 inches by this point -- this July has had .11. For the summer, we're down 2.56 inches from a typical year.

Bonus bit: July tends to be the rainiest month of the year here -- a little more than 4 inches.

Next rain? The next possibility of rain in the current 7-day forecast is Saturday and Sunday -- both days have 30 percent chance.

Qualifications and whatnot: Data from the National Weather Service. Some areas may very well have gotten more (or less) rain depending on local circumstances (a pop-thunderstorm, for example).

Comments

Looks like my yard - shredded wheat. Where's the milk?

Climate change....catch the fever! Snow-less winters, hot dry summers.

Time to move north.

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