Rain posing challenges for farmers

The local airport weather station posted a high of twenty degrees or better this year, on each of the final two days of September, with 20.3 degrees on Tuesday and 21.8 on Wednesday.

That made it four days in the twenty plus category for the month, and if lifted the average daily high to 15 degrees, right in line with what Environment Canada lists as the local area September norm.

However, it was a different story when it comes to precipitation as the final monthly total was 74.9 millimeters, making in the wettest September since 2009 when the station posted about the same amount at 75.1.

That’s about 30 millimeters more than the weather bureau’s recorded average for the month, at 44.7, and we note again we got almost that much on one day this year, a record 42.6 millimeters on the second.

After the farm fields dried out from that we got a three week series of wet days, five of them with posted totals of from two and half to 10 and half millimeters.

So it’s quite likely many local area farmers could spend Thanksgiving Day in the field, because even if the current forecast is accurate, and clear skies return tonight, it’s likely to be Sunday before many of them can get going again.

In addition, there’s no way to guarantee the dry weather will even extend through the holiday weekend, but here’s an encouraging statistic, from October 4th through the 12th last year we had seven dry days, and two others with less than a millimeter of rain.

However, this is not as encouraging, in the same nine day period in 2012, we had about 15 millimeters, and in 2009, about 12 centimeters of snow.