Ask the 6 Storm Team: Drought conditions end in East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – All the rain East Tennessee saw in July means the drought conditions are officially over.

Coming into July we were nearly two and a quarter inches below the average as far as rainfall. That posed the threat for some drought-like conditions across East Tennessee.

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There was a moderate drought across the valley, which could cause damage to crops. Strawberry farmers were begging for rainfall and we got a lot of it in a short period of time. Within a week, we received over two inches of rain which washed away much of the moderate drought very quickly, leaving behind abnormally dry conditions.

That usually means you are headed into a drought, or out of a drought and that is exactly what we were facing in the middle of July. The latest drought monitor released Thursday, July 23, shows all of the drought is gone. That is no surprise because now we are actually in a surplus for the year and the month of July.

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Looking ahead to August, we are going to see more seasonable conditions, but don’t forget typical afternoon showers and thunderstorms can produce up to an inch of rain in an hour in isolated cases.

Do you have a question for the WATE 6 Storm Team? Contact Matt Hinkin, Ken Weathers, Trent Magill and Ryan Beesley:

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