Mariton: Second Quarter Precipitation
by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager
It is raining this morning, so it seems a good time to write about precipitation during the second quarter (April, May and June). During the second quarter I recorded 21.21 inches of precipitation at Mariton. To recap, in April I recorded 4.47 inches of rain which, is just a little above average. In May, we received 9.65 inches of rain at Mariton, almost double the average. June was another wet month I recorded 7.09 inches (two inches above average).
At the end of June I had 34.31 inches total for the year. That is a lot of precipitation considering that I recorded 40.84 inches for the entire year of 2016 (granted 2016 was a dry year). Another perspective is that the average for the first six months of the year is 24.93 inches (close to what received in just this last quarter!). Another thought is that we are already ahead about the equivalent of two months of rainfall. –And tropical storms have yet to begin.
It has been a wet year – period. I used to say that in any twelve month period things usually average out. Based on that, we could be very dry for the rest of the year. But I am not longer so sure those 12-month averages occur anymore.