Rain spigot still gushing
By Seth Schmidt
July in Southwestern Minnesota is often a time when dry conditions turn lawns brown and corn roots search deep for every available bit of moisture.
Not this summer.
Wet weather patterns continued this week with soaking thunderstorms that brought about 2” of precipitation to the area late Saturday and early Sunday. Another storm system brought .3” to the Tracy Airport early Tuesday.
The Saturday-Sunday system was widespread. The Tracy Airport recorded 2” from the T-storms, but some locations on Lake Shetek reported four inches of rain. Rainfall amounts north of Tracy were in the neighborhood of 1.5.”
The rain Tuesday morning brought July precipitation totals at the airport to 3.49,” more than double the 1.63” Tracy logged for July of 2014. Many area locations have gotten considerably more July precipitation than the 3.49” total recorded at the airport. A July 6 rain event that totaled just .48” at the airport brought 3.5” one mile south of Tracy, 3-4” at Lake Shetek, and 4-5” at Slayton.
This past week’s rain boosted what were already considered to be excellent area crops. The Minnesota crop report on Monday rates 87% of the state’s corn crop as in “good” to “excellent” condition, a one percent improvement from the week before. Soybeans are rated 80% good to excellent, also a one percent improvement from the previous week.
Eighty-two percent of the Minnesota corn crop is silking or beyond, a week ahead of last year and four days beyond the five-year average. An estimated 90% of state soybean acreage is blooming or beyond, one week ahead of normal.
Topsoil moisture supplies are rated as 87% “adequate,” 7% “surplus,” and 6% “short.”
Central Park is going to be the place to be in Tracy Tuesday, August 4.
Tracy Area National Night Out Against Crime events are planned from 5 to 9 p.m.
A free picnic supper will be served at the park’s picnic shelter, while live music is performed at the band shell. Performing groups will include the “Screamin Cactus Band” and other local musicians. It is suggested that people bring lawn chairs to watch the concert.
Many family-friendly activities are planned, including a visit from the Zoo Express, an inflatable obstacle course, and a kiddie duck pond. The first clues for a “Bernie the Burglar” scavenger hunt were posted on the windows of downtown stores beginning Tuesday. Prize for the person who finds the medallion is $100 in Tracy Chamber Bucks.
Parents can pick up free child identification kids at the Tracy Fire Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. People can also register for a police department “Elder Watch” program.
Tracy fire, police, ambulance personnel will have vehicles displayed. Emergency responders will stage a mock crash drill, and demonstrate the use of Jaws of Life equipment.
A dunk tank featuring local community leaders will add to the fun of the night.
Tom and Sue Morin of Tracy Subway are major sponsors of the event.
Committee members for the Tracy Area Night Out include Tracy police officer Adam Hansen, Peggi Peterson, Tabby Rikke, Heather VanMoer, April Lichty, Madonna Peterson, Lisa Towne, Rhonda Fredericks, and Shauna Davis.