Looking at the radar, there are two to three hours of precipitation heading our way with more expected. That may not be good news for the Old Settlers’ Picnic which gets underway at noon today.
Ferndale saw its last measurable rain on Monday July 13th. But that was a single ‘blip’ (0.25″) on the flat-line of rainfall data since another blip on June 18th (0.12″) and another on May 4th (0.15″). In short, there has been only one rain event each month since late April.
Prior to this three-month below-average rainfall, the average rainfall since October was at 120% of normal. This is an important metric to watch since precipitation (rain or snow) is the primary source of supply for the aquifer from which Ferndale gets its water. As of June, it dropped to 105%.
The good news, and we are beginning to see it this morning, the National Weather Service two-week forecast calls for above-normal precipitation and the three-month forecast is for near-normal precipitation.
There is an unseen but dangerous occurrence on the roadways when it rains after long dry periods. Oil that has dried on the road surface mixes with the rain and creates an extremely slick surface, not unlike ice. That is why it is not unusual to see a lot of spin outs when it rains after a long dry period.