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Persistent rainfall patterns bogging down fall harvest

Weather forecasts filled with rain have certainly not been an enjoyable sight for local farmers as they have been waiting for fields to dry out so they can harvest the crops that they have been carefully growing all season long.

Photo by Michael Bauman

According to the National Weather Service, Tea received approximately up to 8 inches of rain within the last 30 days while Lennox received around 10 inches. However, this is a contested measurement, especially in Lennox, where community members have stated that their rain gauges have received around 12 inches of rain during a single rain event that happened in a 72 hour period from September 18 - 21. Lennox Utilities Superintendent Jeremy Gulbranson mentioned his observed 12 inch plus measurements both on the Lennox Independent’s Facebook page and during the September 24 city council meeting.

The fall rains have not been the only inconvenient weather events this year. On June 17-18, a slow-moving cold front and surface low, thanks to the remnants of Tropical Depression Bud, dumped a swatch of 1-4 inches of rain from northeastern Nebraska to Southwestern Minnesota, hitting the Sioux Falls area in the process, according to the NWS. Plus, on June 21 - 25, a week of heavy rainfall was said by the NWS to create major flooding as well.

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