A dry spell that lasted the better part of two months was broken towards the end of May when rain fell once again in and around my home in southwest Missouri. April saw only about 1.43 inches of rain while May was at an even more meager 1.30 inches. Two months that normally average well over four inches for each month (see panels 1)! This year about eleven inches has fallen all told against and average of 19 for a deficit of over eight inches! That’s quite a departure from the very excessive rain that fell the previous year.
In addition to it being on the dry side, the weather also warmed up much earlier than normal which has caused many of the area gardens to also produce vegetables as much as a month earlier than what has been normal. I have tomatoes and cucumber ripening on the vine already when normally that would not happen prior to July!