How The Drought Evolved

January started the year with two times the amount typical snow fall. February was the transition between wet and dry with very typical amounts of rain and snow. Then came spring, the 3rd driest spring of all time in Rockford. And early summer has continued the trend, but let’s not dwell on the past, let us look to the future.

Unfortunately the odds are not with us. For us to catch up to average, we would have to receive five inches of rain every month for the last five months of the year. That has only been done once in the last fifty years. That year was 1965 when Rockford received about 2 1/4 inches of rain and melted snow August through December. Rain like that would cause problems in itself.

Stateliners can only hope for a steady but gradual way out of the drought.