Oh moisture, where art thou?

September 7, 2023
While we may be behind for the year, could we make it up over the next three months
Published: Sep. 7, 2023 at 5:33 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Oh moisture, where art thou? We are still so very dry. We could have used a lot more in August, but not much rain fell from the sky. So, where do we stand now, how much more do we need? Let’s take a look and see. As of now, Grand Island has received a year to date total through the end of august of 12.12 inches of precipitation. a normal year, if such exists, g-i would have seen 20.75 inches as of now. so, as you can see, the third city is running a deficit of 8.63 inches as we speak. Can’t say Hastings is in better shape as there may be enough in the bucket to make a giant pitcher of Kool-Aid, but not enough to fill the bucket called normal. You have welcomed a total of 14.12 inches so far this year. A deficit of 6.36 inches behind the climatological average of 20.48 inches. Then comes Kearney. If the Sandhill cranes were to stop in now, there would be plenty of drinks for everyone. You have fared well this year thus far with a plentiful total of 19.23 inches of moisture. That’s just shy by three quarters of an inch of your normal of 19.97 inches. The question remains, can we make up what we are missing? Over the next three months, September through the end of October, the Tri-Cities receive roughly 5 inches of precipitation on average. However, when we compare what could be to what is missing, it’s thumbs down for Grand Island and Hastings. Kearney, on the other, it’s thumb up for you, as the odds are in your favor.