You may have seen mushrooms springing up out of the ground around town.
You may have ant hills appearing in your yard, which you’ve had to mow more this year.
Edmond looks like the Garden of Eden at a time of the year when grass is normally losing its green color.
During the last 30 days — July 21 through Aug. 19 — central Oklahoma is 5.23 inches of rain above normal, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. That’s the 1st wettest such period for our region since 1921.
Every reporting region in the state has reported above normal rainfall: Statewide is plus 3.67 inches, the 3rd wettest in the period; the panhandle region is plus 2.60; the northeast is plus 6.58; the southwest is plus 1.95; and the north central is plus 4.83.
Weather changes rapidly in Oklahoma. At the beginning of 2013, the entire state was labeled in some intensity of drought, including 37 percent of the state in the exceptional category, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet, a network of 120 automated stations. At the end of May, only 41 percent of the state was free from drought.
That all changed with the abundant rains of July and the first half of August. Oklahoma Mesonet agriculture coordinator Al Sutherland said benefits include recharging the soil and runoff going into elevated ponds and lakes, more grass in pastures leading to a restocking of hay supplies, greener and healthier plants and trees and fewer grasshoppers.
Negatives include more mowing, moisture pushing ants up to the surface in an effort to keep their nests dry, Sutherland said.
Edmond Fire Chief Jake Rhoades said foilage inevitably becomes dormant and longer grasses, underbrush and fuller trees mean more fuel for wildfires. Rhoades said residents who prepare homes and properties for the coming fire season can make a difference.
Resources for fire prevention information include the Edmond Fire Department’s website (edmondok.com) and the website of Firewise (firewise.org), a project of the National Fire Protection Association.
Grass or weeds cannot be above 12 inches because they can provide a hiding place for snakes, rats, spiders or other vermin, according to information posed on the City of Edmond’s official website. Tall grass also gives ticks, mosquitoes and other insects a place to multiply.
City of Edmond spokesman Casey Moore said the only rain-related issue being reported occasionally by workers is unmowed lawns because of the constant rain. However, citizens have been very responsive and are getting things mowed as soon as their yard is dry enough, Moore said.
By the way, experts at the University of Illinois Extension say during the summer its best to mow at heights about three inches or slightly higher. Lawns maintained at higher heights usually develop deeper roots and dry out slower than closely mowed turf. Keeping foot traffic off yards also helps during the summer. Late August through early September is the best time for fertilizing, seeding, thatch control and applying weed killers.
Regarding the near future, Sutherland urged Oklahomans to think conservatively when it comes to water use. Currently, the state is in neutral period — neither La Nina (milder, drier cool season) nor El Nino (cooler and wetter cool season), he said.
For now, regarding longer trends, weather watchers are in a wait-and-see mode, Sutherland said.
Since statehood, Oklahoma rainfall records show mostly roughly 10-year cycles of wetter, then drier periods, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. For example, the drier 1910s were followed by wetter 1920s. The drier 1930s, which included the Dust Bowl era, were followed by wetter 1940s. The The drier 1960s were followed by a mixed 1970s and largely wetter periods during the 1980s into the 2000s.
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