Yesterday we talked about tracking egg production in 2017 from our flock of happy hens. Today we look at 2017 annual rainfall. We have a rain gauge nailed to the top of a fence post right by the cows' water trough. I check it each day after a rain event and I record the rainfall amount in a matrix we have printed and conveniently located on the deep freeze in the utility room so that we can keep it updated.
We like to do this just because we're curious. It also is interesting to see trends by comparing previous years and being able to see typical dry months and typical wet, soggy months. So let's take a look. The information below merely represents the sum of each month's rainfall in 2017:
The above shows that you can't get much drier than September was. But at the same time, it rained enough in August for both months!
The table below compiles rainfall amounts by month and year over the previous 5 year history since we've been recording the wet stuff.
According to the Internet, Jennings, Louisiana has an average rainfall total of 60.35 inches. However, other than 2015, we have exceeded that figure. 2016 and 2017 rainfall totals were pretty close and rain totals seem to be trending upward. Our actual rainfall total over the previous 5 years is 69.15 inches. Also, according to our records August is our wettest month and September is our driest month. This is all very good information and we find it useful in planning for the timing of gardening and also lets us know when we need to keep our rubber boots handy!