Garden Diary - August 2022

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No Rain. There is a Drought.
Monday, 15 August 2022

Dry. It has been very dry. Average precipitation for July, here in New Jersey, is 5.16 inches.

Instead it was parched, with only 1.30 inches, 25% of the typical rainfall. It was distributed as 9/100ths of an inch on July 5th, 37/100ths on July 16th with an additional 25/100ths the following afternoon, and 59/100ths on July 28.

August has been worse. Average rainfall for the month is typically 3.67 inches. So far there has been only 7/10ths of an inch of rain on August 1st. And plants are stressed.

Lawns are drying up and turning brown, as are cornfields.

False autumn. Trees are turning yellow-brown and dropping their leaves.

The Delaware River is so low that footings for the bridge piers are above water.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 17 August 2022

NOAA graph of Delaware River water level at Stockton on August 17th.
There are about 10 miles, downriver, between Frenchtown and Stockton.

No rain. Its dry. It's a drought.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Sunday, 21 August 2022

Still no rain since August 1st. Ground so dry I fear it will run off rather than sink in.

NOAA graph of Delaware River water level on August 21st ,about 4 miles
downriver from Stockton at New Hope Lambertville Bridge. Even lower.

The drought has triggered what I'll call a false autumn. It is so dry
that trees are turning to autumn colors and dropping their leaves.

Moisture loving plants such as ferns along the side of the road are drying and dieing.

And along with the corn in crop fields the soybeans are also drying up.

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