BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
More than twice the average amount of rain drenched Greene County in June, and more -- maybe even a lot more -- is on its way.
With a flood watch in effect from Wednesday night until Friday evening and thunderstorms in the forecast for the next several days, Greene County is on track to receive the full year's average amount of rainfall by the end of July.
In fact, Greene County could go without another drop of rain from now through the end of October and still be ahead of the average total rainfall for the first 10 months of the year, according to data collected by the University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.
"It would not be bad if we had some dry weather for a week or so," Director Rob Ellis said. "But you say that with much caution because you never want to pray for it to stop raining."
The center, on East Allens Bridge Road, is the county's official weather station.
The county was already well ahead of average by the end of May, with 12 days of rain totaling 6.63 inches.
That was just the beginning.
June dumped 9.74 inches of rain at the center over 17 days. The average for June is 4.22 inches.
The wettest days came scattered throughout the month, but the top gully-washer was 1.89 inches on June 8.
"Combined with the fact that we had so much rainfall in May, it's been very difficult getting hay put up this year," Ellis said. "Also, it's difficult to get tobacco set out."
Although the center has not had flooding issues, there have been gullies washed in the fields, he said.
Farms that lie along Lick Creek, of course, are not so lucky.
"We're less than six inches away from meeting our yearly average that we have here," Ellis said. "That's something that I can't remember having been the case."
The center has received a total 33.48 inches of rain so far this year.
The average rainfall for the year in Greene County is 44.28.
"Historically, July is our heaviest; we receive more rainfall in July than any other month," Ellis said.
"I don't know if that will continue to hold true. If it does, we're going to pass our yearly average."