Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May Proving To Be Another (Sort Of) Wet Month In Vermont

Vermont has been fairly wet since February, which is a good'
thing. Other parts of the country have been way too wet. 
From my temporary perch in Yankton, South Dakota this week, I noticed Monday was another wet day in Vermont.

Precipitation has been running above normal in the Green Mountain State in May, following a trend that began in February.

So far, it's been sort of a Goldilocks rainfall pattern. Not too dry, not too wet, though we've had more than normal precipitation. But it's been the right amount.

Which means we've erased last year's drought, and spring and summer crops and foliage is doing just fine. Just perfect. Like Goldilocks would want.

The weather forecast is a bit uncertain for the next week to 10 days, but it does appear we'll have frequent chances for showers during that period. Nothing terribly heavy, but we'll get a continued supply of showers.

We've been lucky, compared to much of the rest of the United States, which has heen too wet.

Overall, the nation has been wet to excessively wet this spring. (With Florida and the Desert Southwest being dry exceptions)

Overall, April was the second wettest on record for the United States as a whole.

May seems to be following that trend, with big swaths of the nation experiencing flooding problems. On Sunday, we drove from a wedding in Kansas to my in-laws house in southeastern South Dakota.

Along the way, almost all the thousands of farm fields we saw were hopeless swamps, with huge pools of water and mud. They're behind in their planting out here, and some soggy fields have to be replanted because seeds rotted in the flooded fields.

Today, there's flood watches for a large area of the Southeast

Later in the week, there are signs there could be excessive rains in parts of the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys and in the southern and central Appalachians.

Up in Vermont, we're hoping we keep up the trend of wet-ish but not too wet.

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