Vegetation stress increasing as soils dry

Less rain and more heat\sunshine for our landscapes

Not surprisingly people are not the only things put upon by hot weather. Without irrigation our lawns, trees, bushes and gardens are suffering from the abnormally hot weather and the accompanying drier weather pattern as the lack of widespread significant rain stresses the landscape.

For the year as a whole things are actually not too bad for water supplies and aquifers and lakes for now.

The past few summers have had plenty of daily or weekly storms and lots of clouds and humidity to keep even short-term drought away.

But at least some rain chances are returning in the days ahead and there are indications of improved rain coming on GRADUALLY in the months ahead.

But the 2-week outlook is for rain totals at best near-average (plus or minus 25%).

For the past week or so we have been losing about 2″ of water from top soils and we are forecast to lose another 1-2″ over the next 7 days if there is no irrigation or significant rain:

Meanwhile, soil moistures have certainly dried since the start of April.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL ANOMALIES PAST 30 DAYS:

JUNE RAIN ANOMALY TO DATE:

UNWATERED PLANTS UNDER INCREASING STRESS:

DEEP SOIL TOTAL CONDITIONS:

TOP 3 FEET OF SOIL:

TOP 1 INCH OF SOIL:

PAST COUPLE WEEKS RAIN DEPARTURE:

30-DAY RAIN DEPARTURE:

2-MONTH RAINFALL DEPARTURE:

30-DAY % OF NORMAL RAIN:

Time for me to get out the hose and sprinkler again.

For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.

Kirk Mellish

Kirk Mellish

Meteorologist

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