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Good Question: Are we headed for a drought?

A lack of rainfall is becoming a concern here in the Bluegrass.

We've seen less than three tenths for the month of April. typically we already have nearly four inches by this time.

This stretch of warm, sunny weather is nice to enjoy, but certainly not helping.

Good Question: Are we headed for a drought?

Tom Priddy spends his days tracking mother nature.

So far this meteorologist in the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky, doesn't like what he sees.

"For the Bluegrass area since January 1st, we've had just over six inches of rainfall, but that's only 50 percent normal." said Tom Priddy.

So how can that be, when it feels like we just came out of a very long and wet winter?

"The ratio for snow to liquid was about 20-1 this winter, so all that snowfall didn't translate even into our normal liquid rainfall." said Priddy.

So far Priddy isn't concerned, at least for the time being.

We're not in trouble right now, we have plenty of drinking water all across the bluegrass state and we have adequate moisture to put crops up."

It's the next two to three weeks without adequate rainfall that will start to have an effect on all those crops that farmers are planting now.

And don't forget about El Nino and La Nina they could still have a definite impact on the possibility of a drought.

So what do we need to try and avoid that dreaded d-word in the future?

"If we could get an inch of rain a week that would make for a great crop."

Priddy says last year on January we were already twelve inches ahead of normal.


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