April Showers Bring May Flowers?

The first week of April 2010 has brought ample moisture into much of western and north central Nebraska.  Only the northern Sandhills have missed out on the prodigious precipitation thus far during the month.  Only light precipitation was recorded at the beginning of the month, with the bulk of the precipitation occuring on April 6th and April 7th, in the form of both rain and snow.  

Below is a table showing precipitation totals for the first week of April this year, with a comparison to the 30 year normal precipitation amounts, and the departure from normals.  Precipitation totals from the first week of April 2009 are given in the last  column for comparative purposes. Soil temperatures for the first week of April 2010 are also noted below, courtesy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

In 1557,  Thomas Tusser collected some writings, and compiled them into a collection he called  A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry. In the April Husbandry section he wrote: 

Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers

As soil temperatures warm and the days grow longer through the remainder of the month, growing conditions will improve, along with additional precipitation certainly expected!

Location Precipitation April 1st  through April 7th, 2010 Normal Precipitation Departure from Normal Last Year
North Platte 1.45 inches 0.35 of an inch +1.10 inches 0.48 of an inch
Valentine 0.40 of an inch 0.35 of an inch +0.05 of an inch 0.75 of an inch
Broken Bow 1.63 inches 0.45 of an inch +1.18 inches 0.30 of an inch
Imperial 0.60 of an inch 0.36 of an inch +0.24 of an inch 0.20 of an inch

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Crop Watch 4" Soil
(Soil temperatures above for first week April 2010 courtesy University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

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Steve Carmel

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