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April rainfall totals nearly a foot

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More precipitation expected by forecasters

By Jeff D'Alessio

If April showers really do bring May flowers, then allergy sufferers could be on overdrive in a few weeks.

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As of noon Monday, nearly 11 inches of rain had hit Hardin County over the first 25 days of the month, and more rain was in the forecast for this week. Monday, residents were greeted by a torrential rain by late afternoon.

“When the rain is now hitting, it just runs off because it has nowhere to go,’’ said meteorologist Kevin McCormick of the Fort Knox Weather Center. “The ground is completely saturated; there’s just no more room for the water to go.’’

McCormick said a stationary boundary that dropped from the north has been stalled in the area for the last several days. Hardin County has been pounded with severe thunderstorms and tornado and flood watches in that time.

“It’s just stuck in a pattern and nothing has been able to push it out,’’ McCormick said of the weather front.

He said rain again is expected today and Wednesday with “spotty showers at most” on Thursday. A National Weather Service forecast calls for as much as four more inches of rain to fall through Wednesday night.

At the Mesonet Center in Cecilia, the news is even worse. The center’s report has that area of Hardin County receiving 11.5 inches of rain through Sunday night. According to center data, only seven days of the month were without measurable precipitation as of Sunday.

The average rainfall in April from 1973-1998 was 3.5 inches, according to Fort Knox Weather Center data. Recently, April of 2008 has been the worst for rain at 6.01 inches of precipitation.

This month, however, has been harsh.

“The boundary has set up for several days and not left,’’ McCormick said. “We have had some hard rains.’’

Last April, 4.03 inches of rain was measured on post.

The heavy, steady rains have made activities difficult for many, young and old. With grass growing in wet yards, it has been hard to cut, and area youth have had baseball, softball and soccer sporting events postponed or canceled because of the amount of rainfall. The Elizabethtown Youth Soccer Association has canceled practices and games until further notice.

In West Point, the rising Ohio River has forced many residents to higher ground from flooding with the worst to hit over the next few days.

In some areas of the county, roadways have been covered with creek overrun and there were emergency rescues earlier this month from vehicles and homes.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com

 

April Average: 3.5''

APRIL RAINFALL
2011:
10.8'' as of noon Monday
2010: 4.03''
2009: 2.89''
2008: 6.01''
2007: 2.99''
2006: 4.18''
Source: Fort Knox Weather Center