Drought conditions ease in Rock County
JANESVILLE--In case you need a silver lining to brighten your Monday morning, here it is:
Snowfall so far in February has been above average. Because of this, drought conditions in south-central Wisconsin this month improved from “severe” to “moderate,” according to U.S. Drought Monitor data.
That change is a ray of hope for farmers who saw big losses last year as a result of the drought conditions, said Jim Stute, UW Extension crops and soils agent in Rock County.
Also in the “seems -like-bad-news-but-really-it’s-good” category are the below-average temperatures for February. If conditions hold, there should be fewer insect pests in Rock County gardens and farm fields this summer, Stute said.
As of Friday, the National Weather Service measured 15.3 inches of snow in southern Rock County in February, meteorologist Ed Townsend said. The average snowfall for February is 6.3 inches, Townsend said.
“What it does is erases some of the long-term (moisture) deficit,” Stute said.
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