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4.5 rain overnight
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Tom A    Posted 05-16-2003 at 02:31:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
3 years of drought here, and now we're going to make up for it in 3 months. Woke up at 4:30 this morning to a flooded basement, flooded shop, rain still pouring down, and I'm guessing the hay I mowed on Wednesday is soaked...

TGIF!

Tom


toolman    Posted 05-16-2003 at 10:10:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
well folks , belive it or not its snowing here so hard you can hardly see the horses out in the pasture, still hay feeding as there isn,t enough growth for the horses to even graze yet .


ret    Posted 05-16-2003 at 08:34:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
N Va here, dog bowls were almost full of water this morning. That means I got a lot of rain. Don't need any more
Ret


Yep, same here-    Posted 05-16-2003 at 05:09:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
We're about 250 miles south of you. Rain stacked on rain. Last year we cut 1/4 of the hay we usually cut. Only one cutting. This year it will be a bumper. We're putting cows back on the place so the big crop is welcome. Supposed to mow tomorrow... too wet to get out on it.

TGIF- amen to that.

Mike D.


Donna from Mo    Posted 05-16-2003 at 03:27:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
What part of the country do you live in? It never fails that it rains when the hay is mowed! Ours got a sprinkle on it, but not enough to hurt anything this time.


Tom A    Posted 05-16-2003 at 03:30:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Donna:

I'm in the mid-Atlantic region, just in the western part of Maryland. I think I'm batting 1,000--don't think I've ever mowed hay when it didn't at least get a sprinkle on it, even in the deepest part of the drought last year!

Tom


Hal/WA    Posted 05-16-2003 at 19:13:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I spent some time at the National Fire Academy, which is near Emmitsburg. Near the campus there was a stream with a low dam about 150 feet across, which made a nice pond. When I first looked at the dam, water was trickling over most of the length of the dam about 1/2" deep. I thought it was odd that they would make a dam set up to overflow the whole length of the dam, rather than just having a spillway.

Then one night we had a thunderstorm. I have never in my life seen it rain that intensely for more than a few minutes. The rain continued most of the night, but it was nice in the morning. I knew it had rained a lot and went down to see how the dam was doing. What I saw was a RIVER, with water passing very fast over the entire width of the dam and with the depth over the dam at least 2 feet! I was impressed, and understood why the dam was built as it was.

I live in Eastern Washington which gets 12 to 16 inches of precipitation per year. We get some thunderstorms with heavy rain, but nothing like I saw in Maryland. Of course, we also deal with a lot less HUMIDITY.

Another difference: At home, when it is hot and it rains hard, the temperature drops 20 to 30 degrees within a few minutes; During the storm in Maryland, it stayed very warm, probably over 80 degrees. I went out in it wearin swimming trunks for awhile. Sure never would do that at home!

I sure have enjoyed that part of the country the couple of times I have been there. Everything is so green and lush..... I don't like the humidity though. I bet it is hard to get anything done outside in the afternoons during the summer. Good luck dealing with the heavy rain--hope your drought is over.


Stretch    Posted 05-16-2003 at 03:35:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mornin' Tom. Monsoon down here on the Shore this morning. Hay last year was dismal, with the early cuttings being rained on and then the drought later. We're getting really low, and now the rain is going to mess up the cutting. But the pasture is growing like mad.


mornin' Stretch, same situation here...    Posted 05-16-2003 at 05:02:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
My lower field was getting stalky so I figured I'd take a chance and mow and crimp the other day. Was almost dry enough to bring in yesterday late, just as it started to drizzle.

Oh well, guess that's what makes all this farming fun, huh?

enjoy your day!
tom a


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