Farm & Garden Forecast
Weather Summary:

July ended up wetter and cooler than normal for most of the Tennessee Valley; however, not everyone fared as well as the majority. There are some lawns, gardens, farms, and fields absolutely desperate for a downpour right now, but we will be hard-pressed to see widespread soaking rain around here anytime soon. More on the contrast between 7 unusually rainy counties and 60 unusually dry Alabama counties in July is on the blog at Valleywx.com!

The chance of showers increases to 20% on Friday and 50% on Saturday, but most of the Valley gets less than what we need to keep up with the drying:

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There are some signs of more substantial rain between Friday (8/7) and Sunday (8/9) with a weak cool front. It won’t be the same kind of cool, dry air mass that came in last time, but that batch could keep temperatures a bit below normal through mid-August.

Rainfall looks to be near or slightly below average through mid-September.

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Drying Potential: Drying potential is still fair on Friday. The light nature of the scattered showers will not add much soil moisture (with a few exceptions). Rain on Saturday will be a bit more widespread, but it’s still looking relatively light. Drying potential is fair to poor Saturday, but improves Sunday and Monday with only isolated showers. The middle of next week looks hotter and drier – good for projects that need some sunny, dry weather.

Lawns & Home Gardens: If you haven’t been irrigating, there’s no better time to start than right now. Limited sunshine on Friday and Saturday along with some help from spotty showers gives you a great opportunity to replenish soil moisture. We need about an inch of water per week for most garden plants and grasses to stay healthy; we have not had that in over 10 days. Watering early in the day is best through Sunday and Monday. Watering will be less effective by midweek.

Hay Fields: Hay still on the ground Friday may get damp, but we do not expect enough rain to ruin the baling process. Saturday’s rain may be more impactful – especially in Morgan, Cullman, Blount, Etowah, Cherokee, and DeKalb Counties. A few spotty storms on Monday and Tuesday may interfere with cutting, but if you have it on the ground it will cure quickly on Wednesday and Thursday. Don’t plan to cut after Thursday.

Spraying & Spreading: You’ve got the green light for any liquid-based fertilizer applications through Friday. Dry applications will need to be watered in unless you apply them Saturday morning.

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The latest Lawn & Garden Index from NSSTC/Dr. John Christy – Alabama’s State Climatologist:

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Five Day Rainfall Expectations from WPC:
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