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2009-04-23 / Front Page

And the Rains Came

Friday, April 17, 2009, the skies began to open up and the much needed rains came and continued through Saturday morning. According to John Schoeneman of the Lee County Natural Resources Conservation Service in Giddings, rainfall levels have ranged from 3 inches around Giddings to more than 6 inches in north Lee County. The last rainfall of this magnitude was recorded in November, 2007 when 6.62 inches were recorded.

In March of this year, the rainfall was slightly above the normal with 4.39 inches recorded after months of drought. The welcomed rain filled tanks and greened pastures for much needed forage for the ranchers. However, the county's rainfall accumulation remains well below the annual average.

Schoeneman also noted that the frost of April 7, 2009 killed 300 acres of corn in Lee County as well as many more acres of coastal hay.

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