(Toledo, OH) I dragged out the garden hose and attached the sprinkler this evening for the first time this year. I usually avoid heavy lawn watering, if the lawn can stand it, as the city of Toledo charges you twice on water: once for the actual water, and once for the sewer fee (they assume that any water used is going right back down the drain).
It has been quite a few days since we have seen any rain around here, although we are far from experiencing the killer drought of 2007 that has already dried up massive swaths of land from eastern Mississippi across Alabama, into southeastern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia.
78 percent of Alabama's pastures are in poor or very poor condition, as are 48 percent of the peanut crops and 68 percent of the cotton crop.
Left: Current drought forecast for Ohio
Data from U.S. Drought Monitor suggests that Northwest Ohio might be entering drought category D1. The National Weather Service lists the month-to-date precipitation at 2.23 inches, which is nearly a full inch below the 3.14 inches that have normally fallen by now.
Conditions in May were also poor, as Northwest Ohio received only 0.66 inches of precipitation, down almost three full inches from the average 3.50. I did not notice the dry ground as much last month as I do this month.
Still, it only takes a healthy storm system or two for conditions to improve, and the forecast is calling for the possibility of rain early next week. Let's hope that we can avoid any further decreases in monthly precipitation.