BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
April has already nearly reached its average monthly rainfall with nearly half the month still remaining, according to totals recorded at the University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.
The center, on East Allens Bridge Road, is the county's official weather station.
As of Friday morning, Greene County has seen 3.05 inches of rain this April. The average amount of rainfall for the entire month is 3.72 inches, leaving just 0.67 inches from reaching average.
Even if no additional rain were to fall this month, the county will still be nearly 5 inches ahead of average for the year as a result of the heavy amount of rainfall in January.
The county has received a total 19.83 inches so far this year, which represents nearly 45 percent of the total yearly average rainfall.
February's rainfall was only 1.39 inches short of the 3.48 average, but March saw 4.39 inches, which is right at the average of 4.31 inches for that month.
The most rain on any given day in March was recorded at 7 a.m. on the morning of March 6 at 1.41 inches. Other days of significant rainfall included .87 inches on March 12 and .84 inches on March 19.
So far this April, the most significant rainfall was 1.15 inches on April 5. On April 12, the center recorded 0.8 inch.
Rob Ellis, director of the research center, also noted that there was a "killing frost" on the morning of April 3.
"It really didn't kill anything," Ellis said, explaining that he did not note any crop damage from the frost.
"It was just a heavy enough frost for potential damage," he said.
"We're way ahead of the game right now, which will do good for getting crops planted [and] getting our soil moisture where it needs to be.
"It should help with getting an early hay crop, too."