The first signs of drought have arrived

I don’t have to tell you it’s been dry this month. After a very wet spring where many area farmers and gardeners were delayed in getting their planting started, we can’t buy a shower or storm in September.

It’s so dry that things are beginning to get serious. Today’s U.S. Drought Monitor has classified the bulk of east-central Ohio as Abnormally Dry – the first sign of drought.

Normal September rainfall in Tuscarawas County runs at around 3.5 inches. So far we’ve only received 0.21 inches of rain as measured at the airport in New Philadelphia. That’s well less than we should have had by now.

Our next chances of seeing some rain will be Saturday with a weakening cold front. This is a fairly weak front but temperatures will be quite warm Saturday afternoon and it could just be enough to spark a few showers or thunderstorms.

A thunderstorm might just bring a brief localized deluge, but generally, there doesn’t appear to be much rain associated with this for our area. Dry weather will quickly resume on Sunday as high pressure builds back in overhead.

Showers and storms will be possible again late next week with a much stronger weather system. This one will also bring temperatures that are more in tune with the season.

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