Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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July 2, 2012

County recording below normal precipitation

CROSSVILLE — Unless the meteorological winds change drastically, June will go in the weather record book as a precipitation deficit month for 2012. In fact, at this location on Lake Tansi, only January was an above normal month for precipitation this year.

This pattern would be true for most, if not all, locations in the county that report daily to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. If no rain is recorded by June 30, this location will have recorded only 20.38 inches of rain for the year, 11.29 inches below normal. The only reporting location to have less of a deficit is in Fairfield Glade, with 6.81 inches below normal. Several other locations around the county are about nine inches below normal.

The average precipitation for Cumberland County from January through June is 31.67 inches. So, if your lawn or pasture is beginning to turn brown and crackles under your feet, if your flowers are drooping, if your garden and field crops are wilting under the hot sun, or if your pond or lake is way below normal pool, blame the lack of water from the sky and the hot temperatures we are having lately.

Let's all hope and pray the next six months are wetter than the last, or things could get interesting here on the mountain.

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