Sunday, May 17, 2009

How 'Bout This Weather

The people who keep up with such things say that the amount of rain you saw in Putnam County this weekend depended on where you happen live in the county. The National Weather Service issued a couple of severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of Putnam County on Saturday, but not everyone saw threatening weather, although most of us got some rain. The weather service issued the last of several severe thunderstorm warnings on Saturday afternoon for central Putnam County, which they let expire at 3:30. Weather service radar at that time indicated a severe storm near Cookeville that was moving east at 15 miles an hour and dumped a good bit of rain on the cities of Cookeville and Algood. Other severe storms popped up in the surrounding areas as well. According to local weather spotters, who participate in a program called CoCoRahs, the Bilbrey Park area in northeast Cookeville has had 15 days of measurable precipitation for the first 18 days of May so far. The rainfall total through the first half of the month is 7.83 inches, when the normal May rainfall in an average year is 4.71. However, the Bilbrey Park station recorded just three-tenths of an inch of rain on Saturday, while a similar station near Baxter had 1.9 inches and one northwest of Cookeville recorded 1.5. In either case, officials say it may be a good idea this week to double-check your property for any standing water that may turn into a breeding ground for mosquitoes.