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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Rainfall helps, but doesn't do much

  • During the month of August Dodge City got a total of 3.24 inches of precipitation, most of which fell on three days, the 18th, and late on the 24th through the early morning hours of the 25th.
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  • During the month of August Dodge City got a total of 3.24 inches of precipitation, most of which fell on three days, the 18th, and late on the 24th through the early morning hours of the 25th.
    Average precipitation for August is only 2.75 inches, meaning that nearly an inch of excess precipitation fell, according to Aaron Johnson, science and operations officer at the National Weather Service, Dodge City.
    Year to date Dodge City has had 14.69 inches of precipitation, which is just 1.90 inches below average. Unfortunately, because 2011 was so dry, this year's precipitation just can't make up for that deficit.
    "The rainfall, although it did help a little, was really just a drop in the bucket," said Johnson. "Because it was so dry last year there was no moisture in the soil to supplement what we got, and many crops just couldn't survive, even a 2 inch deficit."
    To compare, at this time last year Dodge City had just 4.6 inches of precipitation, nearly 10 inches less than this year.
    "Even though the numbers look good, it's deceiving," said Johnson. "We still have a lot to make up for from the past few years."
    August also brought a much needed, and welcome, cool down to the area. Although the month started off pretty warm, with a high of 107 on the 1st, which broke the previous all time high for that day, it cooled off soon enough.
    "We broke a few all time low records for those particular dates," said Johnson. "On the 5th, we broke the previous record of 54 with a low of 52, on the 10th we tied with previous record of 53 and on the 17th we broke the record of 56 with a low of 53."
    Looking ahead to September
    Although September started out pretty warm, Johnson doesn't think it will last too long.
    "We have some fronts that are going to push through pretty soon, and that should take to temperatures back to normal for this time of year, or even a little lower," said Johnson. The normal high for September is 86, and the normal low is 56.5, according to the National Weather Service, Dodge City.
    Johnson also said that precipitation in the month will be hit-and-miss. But, if we do get rains, it's possible that we could make up most of the deficit.
    "There probably won't be a six inch rain storm or anything like that," said Johnson, "but we may get several smaller rains. Hopefully, this month we'll increase the frequency of precipitation, but we probably won't  increase the quantity."
    Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com

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