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Heavy Rains Bring Many Changes

This was not only the wettest May on record but also the wettest month ever in 121 years of record keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Some plants have liked it a lot, others have been seriously injured or killed by the excessive soil moisture.

Rainfall for the contiguous states was 4.36 inches, 1.45 inches above average, and ahead of October 2009ís 4.29 inches, the previous record. The previous wettest May was 1957, which got 4.24 inches of precipitation. I suspect that we will continue to see some unusual plant reactions and some out of the ordinary disease and insect issues. That has already begun in fact. Keep an eye out and report any pests or other problems you have and we will try to help

Hereís a map showing where the rain fell:

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