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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Rainfall helps, but not much

  •      In the 24 hours from Sunday at noon until Monday, Dodge City officially received 1.26 inches of desperately needed rain.


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  •      In the 24 hours from Sunday at noon until Monday, Dodge City officially received 1.26 inches of desperately needed rain.
         "Other areas near Dodge had heavier rains, but we were fortunate to receive what we got," said Larry Ruthi, meteorologist at the National Weather Service Dodge City.
         According to Ruthi, areas north of Haskell got as much as five inches of rain, north east of Garden City got 1.86 inches of rain, northwest of Garden City got 3.7 inches of rain.
         "We've pretty much got all the rain out of this storm we're going to get," said Ruthi. "The rest of the week will probably be pretty dry."
         The rainstorm will help with the drought, but it won't be a drought breaker. Before the storm, Dodge City was about .35 inches below average in precipitation for the year, but thanks to this rain we are now about 9/10 of an inch above climatology, according to Ruthi.
         Although the rain will help to give plants a good soaking, it may be too late to  help many crops. Milo and feed may be saved but most crops are already too far gone to come back, according to Ruthi.
         "We had such a dry May and a dry and hot June that even a storm like this one probably won't do too much except water the ground," said Ruthi.
    Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com
     
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