Even A Super-Storm Fails to Ease the Drought

It was interesting to note that in my lecture last week, when I talked about the importance of watering in newly planted plants for the winter, I mentioned that consistently, since November of 2011, Hartford county has been experiencing rainfall deficits of at least 5″ or more.

My statement was met with such skepticism that one woman even said “Oh come on!”  But despite the recent election cycle and all the polls associated with it, in general, statistics don’t lie–particularly those that deal with drought.  For those still feeling a wee bit skeptical, here’s a post (from an admittedly pro-climate change group) that has a neat “graphic map” that illustrates the drought in the US from last March through October.  NOAA has a similar version of the same map.

What’s interesting is that folks often fail to appreciate how dry it is–or has been.  I know the folks in the midwest and the south and southwest have been suffering with the extreme levels of drought.  I doubt few of them are mistaking how dry their climate has been.

But for those of us in the east, not accustomed to dealing with drought and water deprivation, it’s often hard to understand that it’s been as dry as it actually is.

Climatological data is published daily and it gives the norms and the cumulative data.  That is perhaps the best way to see whether you’ve been guessing accurately about how much rain has fallen for the past day or the month or even the year.  To obtain it online, one of my favorite sites is weather underground. You would type your city and state in the search box for local data–and then, by scrolling down, beneath the radar map, there is a spot that says “History & Almanac.”  Under that box, there’s a spot to click for the official weather data for the date, the month and the year.  A pop-up will open for, in my case, the data from Bradley International Airport, where our weather information is recorded daily.

It’s just that easy to check things out.  And then you’ll know whether you need to water in newly planted plants–particularly evergreens–or whether nature is doing it for you!

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