It hasn’t rained at Mariton since the night of August 31. We received over 0.80 inches of precipitation during that last week of August. Some of this moisture was associated with Hurricane Katrina pushing gulf moisture ahead of the low. We actually ended up with almost 4 inches for the month.
Since then it has gotten very dry. Vegetation is beginning to wilt in Mariton’s woodland. Fortunately, it looks as if moisture from Hurricane Ophelia will head towards the Delaware Valley later this week. Hopefully, it will arrive as a pleasant rain and not a deluge.
Due to the nature of my job, I tend to watch the weather forecasts. (Maureen and I also air dry all of our laundry.) I have been keeping rainfall records since I came to Mariton. Unfortunately, data from the early years were lost when lightning hit my computer during a thunderstorm. But I still have complete records going back to 1997.
At Mariton, precipitation for 2005 has been very close to average (based on data from 1997 – present). This year, the monthly precipitation compared closely to the 8 year average for each month with two exceptions. In April, we had about 3 inches more than average; and in May we had about 3 inches less than average. So, those two months cancelled each other out. At the end of August, Mariton had 1.68” surplus of precipitation for the year, compared to the 8 year average.
Now, the precipitation here could be quite different from where you live. My friends, Carole and Virginia, also keep rainfall records and we often compare notes. One lives in Springtown about 4.5 miles west southwest. The other lives in Raubsville about 2.5 miles to the north. Mariton’s precipitation is usually within a few hundredths of an inch from one or the other. But there are many times, especially during thunderstorm season, when all three locations differ by several tenths. Generally, Mariton will fall in the middle, but not always.