Saturday rain yields 1.17 inches; dry conditions still a problem

Monday, June 18, 2012 | 5:07 p.m. CDT; updated 8:52 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 18, 2012

COLUMBIA – When it rains, it pours and Saturday was no exception. However, the rain is unlikely to make a difference for the dry soil conditions.

The looming clouds finally broke Saturday, releasing 1.17 inches of rain at the Columbia Regional Airport and 0.89 inches at Sanborn Field.

The average rainfall for June since 1889 is 4.50 inches, according to National Weather Service Records.

With the month more than halfway over, it's likely that June will fall below the average, despite Saturday's storms, said Pat Guinan, an extension climatologist with the MU Commercial Agriculture Program.

These dry conditions have lasted since the first week of May, creating a significant lack of rain, Guinan said.

Although the weekend storm was better than nothing, this week's high temperatures and winds will dry the soil out quickly, Guinan said. Columbia needs significant rain events for the next several weeks to make up for the dry spell, he said.

The weather service forecast for Columbia predicts a chance of thunderstorms Thursday, but the rest of the week should be sunny and dry with temperatures between 90 and 95 degrees.

Supervising editor is Ted Hart.

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