Praying for rain

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 4:40pm

     TYLER-Its been weeks since many people in East Texas have seen any substantial rainfall. And if it keeps up crops could die and grass fires could be on the rise.

     According to KETK meteorologist Katie Green, East Texas has been behind in rainfall every month so far this year. And to give you an idea of just how much we're behind, at this time every year we usually have up to 17 to 20 inches or rain. But this year we've had less than 10 inches so far, according to Green.

     And Brian Triplett with the Smith County Agricultural Extension Office, the little rain is especially detrimental to those who have cattle and raise hay.

     But there is good news, Green says as of right now it looks like we're going to see enough storm systems that this summer they're actually predicting above normal rainfall. And many hope that holds true.

     "This may not be anything to worry about as we head into the summer months," Green said. "But July and August are usually our driest months."

     "Right now it should be time for us to start making hay, but we don't have the moisture to start making our next hay crop, so people are going to be in a little bit of a bind," Triplett said.

     At this point there hasn't been any burn bans locally that have been put into effect, but Mr. Triplett says if this keeps up you can guarantee there will be several.

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