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John Wheeler, Published November 05 2012

Weather Talk: Premature to say drought over despite October rains

The past month, there has been enough rain and snow to have kept the ground generally wet. Grass has greened up a little despite the cold weather. But it is premature to make the claim that the drought is over.

The moisture we received in October was average. The ground has remained wet because there is very little evaporation this time of year. But the deep moisture profile remains drier than average.

Lakes, sloughs and reservoirs remain low, and when the rains came in October, the moisture was soaked up by the soil instead of running off.

It is good that it rained because it has eased concerns about agricultural and municipal water needs next spring and summer. But unless this occasionally stormy weather continues, the drought will still be ongoing when the ground thaws in April.


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