Weather comparison: 2019 vs. 1993

The cool, wet start to the growing season has many producers wondering how 2019 compares to 1993 - the year of "The Great Flood" that caused many farmers to plow that years crop under. 

As seen in the table below, March and April of 2019 were far wetter than those months in 1993. In the months of May and June, however, 1993 was far wetter than 2019. SWROC weather records from 1993 show 7.09" of precipitation in May and 11.14" of precipitation in June. Throughout the 1993 growing season, 31.12" of precipitation were recorded, with 21.66" of that total recorded in the months of June, July and August 1993. As of July 12, 2019, SWROC has recorded 10.66" of precipitation during the 2019 growing season.

1993 Monthly Precipitation 2019 Monthly Precipitation
March 1.54" 2.70"
April 2.55" 5.91"
May 7.09" 4.80"
June 11.14" 2.35"
July (as of July 12th) 3.47" 3.51"

 precipitation comparison

2019 has been warmer than 1993 as well, allowing more growing degree days to accumulate. While 2019 is ahead of 1993 in growing degree days, 2019 is still about 100 degree days behind the historical average.

growing degree days comparison