Today's Rain, Or Lack Of.
As is often the case with hit or miss summer showers and storms, some of us received some much needed rainfall this morning while others were left high and dry. The bulls eye favored Dane County where Madison picked up almost an inch and a half. By the time the showers reached Milwaukee and Lake Michigan they had weakened to mere sprinkles.
This is significant as we continue running quite a rainfall deficit across most of the area. In Milwaukee, for example, we are a little over 5.5\" below normal for the year, about 3\" below normal for the season and almost 1.5\" below normal for the month. We're not quite dry enough to call it a drought yet, but lawns and gardens are starting to show signs of stress.
If you decide to assist Mother Nature by watering your lawn and/or garden, remember you can save time and money by doing it the right way.
Be sure to water deeply, but not too often. Try to avoid watering during the hottest part of the day when much of your water can be lost to wind and evaporation. The best time to water is between 6-10 AM when the wind is typically light, the sun angle is low and your lawn has a full day to dry. Watering at night could invite mildew and fungus.
If you missed out on today's rain, hang in there, we have showers and storms in the forecast Sunday and Monday. Here's hopin' for a good soakin'!