Waiting on Spring Rains

The spring is off to a dry start but Tony sees a change soon!


Best Spring Showers Ahead
A full month into spring and the early trends are for somewhat drier than normal weather with frequent sharp temperature changes.
While we have been treated (or cursed, depending on your preference) to three spring snows (the last on Tax Day), the amount of total precipitation has lagged behind enough to allow farmers to get their spring plowing done on time. Says Rodney Wallbrown, Mason WV ex agent, “farmers are enjoying the early season dryness and using it to complete their field work. Now that the plowing has gone nicely, we are now starting to plant”.
Of course dry weather in the growing season can go too far. Just remember the horrible drought and heat we endured during the summer of 2012.
Farmers need not worry about a repeat of 2012 (at least right now) as the signs continue to point to a wet spring with cooler than average weather before Memorial Day.
The trend toward wet and cool weather will briefly arrive on Friday when a round of morning showers and thunderstorms arrives. These cells will be accompanied by vivid streaks of lightning and cannon shots of thunder in places. Localized street flooding and power hits are possible.
Assuming these rains don’t get stuck in the hills and mountains (after-all it is now flash flood season), the weather would dry out for the last weekend of April.
Big events that will benefit from the dry and warm weekend sunshine include Hillbilly Days in Pikeville and the Feast of Ransom in Richwood. The former will be hosting Shriners and fellow spring worshipers by the thousands along Hambly Boulevard while the latter sets up shop at Richwood High.
In addition, the Rally for Autism sets up shop at Ritter Park on Saturday.
As for next week, a very wet and cool period will be settling into Appalachia with the prospects of a few inches of rain. Those rains will slow down farmers who have lagged behind in field work and pave the way for a period of Dogwood Winter (wet and chilly weather with the dogwood trees in bloom).
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