Recent rain makes big impact on dry summer


The rain we received Monday and Monday night was a big relief for Northeast Wisconsin.

A stretch of very dry weather had lawns looking brown and some farmers wringing their hands.

But did the rain solve the problems?

While we’re not all totally out of the hole, the rain over the past 24 hours helped quite a bit.

As of the start of Monday, our deficit for the month of August over an inch of rain.

But after the soaking rains that continued overnight, we’ve made up a lot of ground on that, and are actually now sitting more than a quarter-inch above where we normally are by this time in August.

The seasonal rainfall deficit is al ittle bit of a different story.

We’d been sitting at a deficit of over three inches for the summer as a whole, thanks to the dry weather that extended into July as well.

After last night’s rain, we’re still more than an inch below average for the season, but it’s still put quite a dent in that deficit.

And with a few more chances for rain coming up in the next few days, hopefully we can keep chipping away at our below-average rainfall.

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