that darn drought

behaviorkelton(7-ish)July 2, 2007

I have watched now, for three months,

It an amazing phenomenon that I have brought up before, and it looks like this.

A major rain storm moves across tennessee from the west...and then, just as it hits the west side of Knoxville, it literally appears to implode on it's self and vanishes in a very clean line. It's as though it hits an invisible border.

Also, when watching it moving up from the south. The storm will part and *surround* Knoxville while not dropping a bit of rain. So in this instance, it rains to the east, west, north, and south... and nothing on Knoxville.

These two situations happen almost every single time....maybe a couple times or more per week. It's not like I'm describing a few instances.

In fact, I am now so confident that this is going to happen, that I will call my girlfriend over to look over my shoulder as I watch approaching storms on the radar. I'll say, "do you see that big storm coming?... ok, now watch it disappear when it gets near Knoxville." Of course, it happens.

So how much stress can the trees take???? I mean, they were blasted with a late hard freeze... with predictions of mass deaths from many... and now this incredible drought!

Has this 1-2 punch ever happened in recorded Tennessee history?

Do the big trees have tap roots that go deep enough to touch water?

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honeybunny442(z6 TN)

We live an hour east of Knoxville and watch the same thing. We literally can see the storms come over English Mountain and move northeast past us and then turn west.

We also saw this in WI 2 years ago. Between Memorial Day and Sept 15 we got 1/4 inch of rain. All the storms came towards us across the state and then split in half, going north and south.

You can see the leaves drooping on the tress around here, it's terrible! Although we did get an inch of rain a week ago last Friday which helped a tiny bit.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2007 at 9:21PM
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utdeedee(7A-East Tennessee)

I'm just outside of Oak Ridge between there and Knoxville and we have rain all around us 90% of the time and we get maybe a few sprinkles. We did get about 20 minutes of rain in the middle of the night yesterday, but not enough to make a difference.

I got about 3 bushel of beans but they soon dried up, couldn't keep up the watering to help them. So I pulled them up and planted brown bunch and purple hull crowders...
My squash, zuchinni, peppers, okra, eggplant, cukes and tomatoes are doing good though. I water them a couple of times a week though.... :(

Let's hope we get more rain soon!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 9:27AM
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