Wet Years

We know from our continuously changing weather patterns that there are dry years and there are wet years. Nothing unusual in that, you may think. But actually, there is more to it that meets the eye. Let's take a look at how things change with regard to the environment and the land itself during those wet years.

Rainfall is never a certain thing in any area and even in regions that experience a goodly amount of precipitation every year can have periods of dryness that defy logic or the meteorologists' prediction charts that sometimes run off the scale. At other times, the opposite can happen where the weather predictions are for fine dry weather are spoilt by the sudden build up of storm clouds and a good dousing of rain for several hours or more.

Too Much Rain

Too much rainfall in any given period can actually be as destructive in its own way as similar periods of no rainfall at all. Where long dry spells cause problems for farmers with ground water evaporating and leaving their crops to wither in the heat, long wet spells can actually drown crops if the amount of rainfall is excessive and overly heavy.

We already know what damage can be done to crops by heavy hail storms, which is just frozen pellets of ice falling from high cloud that have come in from very cold areas. But really heavy rain can also damage those more delicate crops such as salads (lettuce etc) and leafy crops (such as kale etc) by pounding the leaves into the resulting mud.

Heavy mud produced by very heavy and prolonged rainfall can be a real problem for farmers using machinery. Tractors can get literally stuck in the mud and where the mud is more than two feet thick, tires can sink causing tractors to lean dangerously. There have even been occasional reports of tractors overbalancing in the heaviest rainfall in very deep mud where the large rear tires have sunk so deep that the center of gravity has tipped the machine over.