Mariton: Spring Precipitation
by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager.
At the end of June, Mariton had recorded 24.96 inches of precipitation for the year. The average for the same period is 24.50″ so we are right on average. The second quarter of the year was basically dry though. I know, it doesn’t seem like it. There were patches of the yard with standing water until just recently. (Of course, that is more a product of the water table than actual precipitation.)
There were lots of rainy days in April, but at the end of the month Mariton had received 4.01 inches (4.16″ is average). In May, I recorded precipitation on 20 days! We ended up receiving 4.97 inches (4.56″ is average). So, while there were a lot of rainy days, we ended up very close to average for both months.
June was interesting because the average for the month is 4.97 inches of rain. I recorded precipitation on 14 days of the month, but most events were less than 0.10 inch of rain. June ended with only 2.44 inches of precipitation. Dry. In 1999, it was drier with 1.36 inches recorded for the month. At the other end of the spectrum I recorded 10.93″ in 2006 during June.
Looking back through my records, precipitation for the first half of 2010 was somewhat similar to this year, and in 2010 the year ended right at average. We will just have to see what the next six months brings.