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vineyridge
Mar. 31, 2013, 12:19 PM
I am SO sick of rain and thunderstorms, I could cry. Largely because this weather makes all my joints ache, but because nothing can get done outside.
There has been some talk of catastrophic floods this season.

Is the drought in rest of the country getting broken this winter/spring?

rustbreeches
Mar. 31, 2013, 12:25 PM
We didn't get as much snowfall down here on the eastern plains of CO, but the mountains got a fair amount. The reservoir nearest our place is full, but our friends that farm 15 minutes north on a different ditch company were notified that as of now, they have 2 days of irrigation water coming to them for the entire summer. Some late snow storms would help. I would not say it has broken, but we are in better shape than last year this time

bcody
Mar. 31, 2013, 12:51 PM
We are still dry, very, very dry.

Bluey
Mar. 31, 2013, 12:58 PM
Very dry.

Predictions say we are starting into the 3rd year of a 5 year record breaking drought, that is the 17th year of a 30 year drought cycle.:eek:

Nuff said.:cry:

BabyGoose
Mar. 31, 2013, 01:16 PM
Very, very dry.

The old time ranchers are saying this is as bad, possibly worse than the drought in the 50's. I had one ranchers wife (in her early 80's) tell me that she has seen it very dry many many times, but doesn't remember it ever being this dry for this long.

Zu Zu
Mar. 31, 2013, 01:25 PM
Midwest ~ drought is 'no longer' ``` three big snows and now rain! NICE !

Brome hay crop should be wonderful ! :cool:

Simkie
Mar. 31, 2013, 02:03 PM
We didn't get as much snowfall down here on the eastern plains of CO, but the mountains got a fair amount. The reservoir nearest our place is full, but our friends that farm 15 minutes north on a different ditch company were notified that as of now, they have 2 days of irrigation water coming to them for the entire summer. Some late snow storms would help. I would not say it has broken, but we are in better shape than last year this time

Glad some parts of Colorado are doing okay. We're not, here in Fort Collins. Already had 1000 acres burn just west (JUST west--Lory State Park) of the city. This is going to be a terrible year for fires for us, I think.

It's bad enough that--for the first time ever--we have watering restrictions starting next month. We got very little snow this year and there's just no water :(

Beentheredonethat
Mar. 31, 2013, 02:26 PM
CA is looking bad. We've had good rain the last 5 years or so, but not this year. It rained a lot in November/December, and it's been spring since then. We were supposed to get a bit of rain last night, but it looks dry. We're really low, and unless we get unheard of rain soon, we're in drought.

But, that's normal. About every 8 years or so we have a drought.

Emily&Jake
Mar. 31, 2013, 04:02 PM
We had an unusually, less wet, winter than what's normal for the PNW. And this past week, temps in the 70s, which is also unusual for March/April weather. Probably going to be a dry, hot, dusty summer this year.

PonyPeep
Mar. 31, 2013, 04:05 PM
Northern CA is moderately dry, I guess. We've had/are having rain this week. It's like winter, but in spring. Our winter was pretty dry though.

Beentheredonethat
Mar. 31, 2013, 04:09 PM
PP--I'm in northern CA, too. Have you watched the news? We're REALLY dry. Our rainfall totals and snowpack are really low.

"The monthly measurement of the state's frozen water supply Thursday found 52 percent of the normal snowpack for April 1.

as of Thursday, a total of 1.72 inches of rain had fallen in San Francisco in January, February and March, the driest first three months of the year in the city since records began in 1850. That's compared with a long-term average of 12.39 inches for those three months, which accounts for more than half of San Francisco's average annual rainfall of 23.65 inches, he said.

The snow water content in the Central Sierra, which includes the Lake Tahoe area, is now 57 percent of normal, based on the average of 40 electronic monitoring stations. That's compared with 90 percent of normal two months ago and 134 percent of normal on Jan. 2, when the first snow survey of the year was conducted.
The Northern Sierra is at 55 percent of normal, and the Southern Sierra at 40 percent of normal. Only 13 inches of snow - 32 percent of the long-term average


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/California-s-small-snowpack-raises-chills-4392785.php#ixzz2P9MzSCtt

Bluey
Mar. 31, 2013, 04:22 PM
All of TX is rated 97% in a drought.

We look crispy dry, like the middle of winter, not even the trees have started budding out yet, but are about to start.
Just as well, as we had a very hard freeze last week.
They called the moisture for next few days off now, just a dry Northern, that may only side swap us after all.

I hope someone, somewhere does raise some alfalfa this year.:eek:

sunridge1
Mar. 31, 2013, 04:37 PM
We are not dry at this very moment, however we are still in moderate to extreme conditions from a 12+ year drought. The water table is still >5 feet lower than average. Predictions have us above average precipitation for the next 3 months. I hope it comes to pass.

Ride'emCO
Mar. 31, 2013, 04:50 PM
Glad some parts of Colorado are doing okay. We're not, here in Fort Collins. Already had 1000 acres burn just west (JUST west--Lory State Park) of the city. This is going to be a terrible year for fires for us, I think.

It's bad enough that--for the first time ever--we have watering restrictions starting next month. We got very little snow this year and there's just no water :(

We are supposed to get some precipitation on Tuesday - hopefully we'll get some nice rain in April and May!

Louise
Mar. 31, 2013, 05:46 PM
We were in a moderate drought last year, but we had good snow cover this Winter and our water table is in decent shape here in Western New York.

Brooke
Mar. 31, 2013, 07:40 PM
San Diego area is just shy of 3 inches below average.

gdolapp
Mar. 31, 2013, 11:21 PM
The northwest corner of Illinois is still under drought conditions, however the snow and rain has helped and conditions continue to improve.

marianne
Mar. 31, 2013, 11:31 PM
Here in NM we should have had irrigation water starting in Feb. Rio Grande still sand. Elephant Butte is about 20% of normal. Problems are occurring with ground water if shallow being more salty and creating problems. We need a good El Nino year. Forests are very prone to more fire this to the point NM has 5 seasons with the fifth from April to July monsoons being the fire season. Keeping fingers crossed for the monsoons. Also towns becoming ghost towns because of no water.

flowersmom2
Apr. 1, 2013, 12:19 AM
We're slightly below average in NC, but it's wet enough that everything is growing. It's been unusually cold for here, today was the first "normal" day in awhile and it's still getting pretty chilly at night. We hope for a bit more rain to get us through the summer.

rustbreeches
Apr. 1, 2013, 12:20 AM
We are supposed to get some precipitation on Tuesday - hopefully we'll get some nice rain in April and May!

We got a lovely long rain last night, then it froze, made egg hunting interesting.

The snow we got over last weekend screwed up lots of plans local farm families had for spring break. The fields were simply too wet to get into.

Last year was so depressing. I drove back to VA via I-70 and 64 and the whole middle of the country was brown. Corn was a joke, many people simply plowed under rather than harvest. They wouldn't have got back the price of the fuel