According to the official stats at TF Green, we are running a rainfall deficit. Now, it might not seem like it because PARTS of the past several weekends have been rainy. In addition, we just went through a raw and rainy day on Tuesday. But when we add up the actual AMOUNT of rain over the past month and a half, it just hasn’t added up to much. (For those of you in eastern Mass and Cape Cod, you have obviously received a lot more rain than those of us in Rhode Island.)
Let’s look at the numbers for March:
ACTUAL RAINFALL IN MARCH: 2.94″
NORMAL RAINFALL IN MARCH: 5.01″
RAIN DEFICIT IN MARCH: 2.07″
We were hoping to play catch-up in April, but despite a few miserable, rainy days, that never really happened.
ACTUAL RAINFALL IN APRIL (UP TO APRIL 24): 1.64″
NORMAL RAINFALL IN APRIL (UP TO APRIL 24): 3.59″
RAIN DEFICIT IN APRIL (UP TO APRIL 24): 1.95″
According to the US Drought Monitor, parts of Rhode Island are in the “Abnormally Dry” category (shown by the yellow shading). This is one level BELOW the “Moderate Drought” category.
So while we are not in an urgent situation just yet, we could sure use some more rain! Unfortunately, there is not a lot of rain showing up over the next 6 to 7 days. We might be able to squeeze out a few showers, but nothing that substantial.
The good news? If we are going to have some rain-free weather, we might as well have it on the weekend. Indeed, this weekend looks rain free for all of your outdoor plans.