ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It's been nearly 2 weeks since we saw our last thunderstorm, and today, probably the most excited group of people were farmers!
Roger Hickey, "Praise the Lord!" The Weatherman was 100% correct in predicting today's thunderstorms, and farmers couldn't be happier since it hasn't rained in nearly two weeks.
Richard Little says, "Rather excited, I would have been much more excited if it rained 2 more inches." Farmers like Richard Little and Roger Hickey could be out of business if there's no rain in the future forecasts. "It's growing rapidly and it really needs the rain, now through mid-August, and then after that it really doesn't matter as much," says Little.
Hickey says, "An inch of rain a day would bring us up to speed perhaps." The National Weather Service reports since June 1st, we are roughly 3.8 inches below normal including the showers today. But if we combine the months of May and June, we're almost 6.5 inches below normal.
Hickey says, "And then this excessive heat we've been getting really dries the ground out." "I have some corn that has wilted pretty badly, and it will never recover," says Little.
Farmers say an inch of rain a week for the rest of the summer will help keep their crops in good shape. Hickey, says "It's a very large essential part of what we do. We have to rely on the good Lord and the weather man, that's all we can do!" Little and Hickey say they plan to harvest sometime in October.
The National Weather Service reports, it only rained four-hundredths of an inch. Even though we did get some showers, the short amount of rainfall puts us even more in a deficit to how much rain we should have by now.