Sunday, September 19, 2010

Drought Continues

About 25% of the state is now categorized as being in a moderate drought. Locally, only 0.18 inches of rain has fallen since September 1. That's not nearly enough. The trees are severely stressed and are losing their leaves earlier than normal. The grass is completely brown and dormant. It's very unlikely that there will be any significant fall color this year. It doesn't appear that there will be any significant rain anytime in the near future.

Burn bans are now in effect for 27 of the 92 counties in the state. I think more bans would be in effect across the state if county commissioners would report to the state. Conditions here in Franklin county are no better than those in Fayette county next door. The only difference I can see is the number of acres of farmland. Fayette county has much more farmland than Franklin county and they may be trying to protect the crops. One brush fire could wipe out an entire field of corn.

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