Estimated half inch of rain falls with more in the forecast
With rain projected through Wednesday, the mid-June forecast is finding some friends among farmers and ranchers alike.
With an estimated half inch of rain Monday morning and more on the way, the extra moisture is replenishing crops and filling up a few stock tanks.
“It’s a blessing for people in the cattle business,” said Glenn Carlton, owner of Carlton Cattle Co. and executive director of the North Texas Fair and Rodeo.
Carlton, who has raised cattle most of his life, said the recent rainfall has helped pastures grow, offering grass to cattle.
“By this time, it’s starting to get pretty thin,” he said of the usual reality of a third week in June.
But farmers and ranchers are now ready to cut their hay again — something that has been a rarity in the past few years.
Dennis Smith, who’s been operating Dennis’ Farm Store in Denton since the mid-’70s, says the rain is both good and bad, though mostly good.
Some are challenged by the storms keeping them from the fields harvesting grain.
“But none of them want to complain about not getting the grain out, because, without the rain, they wouldn’t have anything anyway,” Smith said.
“We’re getting better grass in the pasture than we’ve had and getting some water in the tanks,” Smith said.
Though not uncommon for mid-June, the wet weather has been known to taper off a bit sooner than this year, both men have said.
This year, it looks to be hanging on for at least a few more days, said Eric Martello, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
“I hope we’ll see a few rounds [of rain],” Martello said.
The rain patterns North Texans are now seeing are known as mesoscale convective systems, which tend to bring overnight thunderstorms and showers.
For the next 24 to 36 hours, the upper high will stay enough south and west to allow for scattered storms across the region.
Forecasts for the rest of the week call for highs in the mid- to upper-90s. Whether rain will return to the forecast depends on, well, the weather.
A high ridge will eventually form to keep rainy days at bay for the hotter months of July and August.
Smith’s business has been very good this year. In fact, it’s the best he can recall.
“My business has been the best it’s ever been in all the years I’ve had this place,” he said.
And though he can’t quite put a finger on it, Smith said the later rainy season may have at least something to do with it.
Carlton agrees about the weather’s recent good fortune in North Texas.
With stock tanks a little fuller and green grass on the horizon, one cattle rancher sees a bit of reprieve.
“Rain cures a lot of problems,” Carlton said.
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