The first thunderstorms of spring moved through the region Monday night, April 30. Rainfall was hit-and-miss. This is typical of thunderstorms because it is their nature to be smaller in scale than winter storm systems. But it is also the nature of our region to be lacking in moisture early in the growing season.

Most winter snow melts and runs off into rivers and sloughs while the ground is frozen. This is great for waterways and wetlands, but doesn't do too much for farm fields. Spring and summer storms are great for delivering moisture to small areas, but it tends to be sporadic, leaving us a little too wet here and too dry there. Early on in the season, dry is more likely than wet because the humidity just isn't there. As humidity increases in summer, storms become more generous.

Eventually, if there are enough thunderstorms, most of the gaps are filled in and our region is nice and green. Some years, of course, are drier than others. Present indications suggest May will continue to be a little drier than average across our region.

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