After getting a $400 water bill last month on a new house with a yard full of sod and plenty of plantings, inquiring minds want to know…
Is this seemingly never ending drought coming to an end any time soon? Unfortunately, for the time being the answer is no.
“The drought continues and today is Day 148 of the drought,” says KSHB TV weather wonk Gary Lezak. “The question now is, is it going to go on for the next year? Because right now, there’s no sign of it ending.”
Here’s the deal.
“Last October was dry,” Lezak says. “We had 22/100ths of an inch of rain and the average rainfall for October is 3.6 inches. And this October, so far, we’ve had 91/100ths of an inch of rain – that’s way below average.
“Right now it’s too early to tell if the drought will get clear relief this winter or spring or if the winter will mask it. When the ground gets cold and starts to freeze you get some rain and that helps out. And we got enough rain last winter to get relief from the beginning of the drought, but then last spring it completely dried out and the drought began on May 29th.”
“My winter forecast is coming out November 19th and I’ll have a really good idea by then,” Lezak says. “I’m going to try and make the call then.”
As for my out-of-control water bills, the sprinklers are in the off position and the fingers in the crossed.