Our area of Kansas has been in an exceptional drought for the last two years. Cracks formed in our yard 4-6″ wide. What grass that survived was brown and crunchy under foot. Nothing was growing that wasn’t irrigated. Our yard irrigation hasn’t been used for 8 years now. We found it so expensive to run and just futile in the endless 100 degree plus days that went on and on. Our town gets their municipal water from deep wells and there has been concern over their lower levels. They have never implemented a watering ban but have said to use caution. A higher rate for water usage goes into effect after a certain level, so they are trying to discourage over watering.
This spring started out with thunderstorms. I could barely remember the last time I had heard thunder. It sounded like promise. Gladly these storms brought some brief rains that kept our surroundings greener than before. They also brought a few tornadoes and hail. A recent storm passed just to the east of us. 10 miles in that direction and they had baseball-sized hail. As that storm moved south, the hail grew to grapefruit in size. Yikes! We were so lucky to avoid that!
In the last 10 days my area has received 10.75″ of rain and counting. Storms are predicted through this whole week. It is of concern because creeks and rivers are over their banks. The main highway south from our town has been shut down. Earlier they were allowing cars across the water-covered road one at a time with flagmen directing the drivers. Yesterday the roadbed washed out and the road was closed. I can only imagine how they found this damage. It could not have been a good situation.
The area is covered with storm canals that carry water safely through the residential areas. Our home is high and dry. No water comes into our basement. I’m wondering if the saturated soil can continue to hold the rains away from damaging us. I think it will be OK if we can stay under 1″ rains. No more of those 5-6″ rains in several hours!
So as I look out my front window and see the lush, green, flourishing bean crop growing there, I can be grateful that it isn’t the view of stunted, brown, dying corn of the last couple of years. But I am starting to wonder if we are facing a winter of blizzards, one right on the heels of the last like these storms of July and August. Cross your fingers!