The Creeks Are Silent.

Photo of a creek in our ‘hood that’s normally flowing.

We finally planted a rain garden this year. And now there’s been little to no rain.

That was the end of May. And now it’s June 28th.

According the U.S. Climate Data website, Barrington, Illinois averages 4.25 inches of rain in June. According to the Illinois State Climatologist Office, we’ve gotten about one to 1.5 inches so far. Ouch.

Our grass is brown. The creeks are stagnant and silent. And we have to water our rain garden—totally defeating its purpose, which is to replenish the ground water. If we don’t water it, it will die (once established, since it’s made up of all native plants, the garden will become tolerant of weather extremes. And, yes, we need to invest in rain barrels next. But I’m not sure those would help at this point).

If you live in Florida, I’m sure you have no sympathy—Tropical Storm Debby dumped as much as 21.70 inches of rain in 24 hours (June 9-10) on one location near Pensacola. Meteorologist Carl Parker said, “10 inches of rain is the equivalent of 20 average size backyard pools over an acre of land.” Wow. Guess I’ll take the drought.

Not sure whether you’re in a drought or wondering about the severity of conditions in your area? Check out this map. Click on it to make it larger and access more details.

Click on map to view larger.

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