Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Storms didn't help grass

Rain wasn't enough; and 'drought breeds drought'

By Stephenie Steitzer ssteitzer@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Storms that ripped across the Tristate on Sunday brought hail, lightning, power outages and property damage, but not enough rain needed to spruce up fried lawns.

        While up to 2 1/2 inches of rain fell in some places, such as Anderson Township, most areas received between a quarter-inch to half-inch.

        That just isn't enough to bring the area out of drought-like conditions, said Stacy Harnish, a manager at Frank's Nursery & Crafts in Kenwood. “With the inches we got, there really wasn't enough to make a dent in what we need.”

        At least two or three days of “good, hard rain” are needed to bring relief to brown, cracked lawns, Ms. Harnish said.

        That remedy isn't in the Tristate's forecast, said AccuWeather meteorologist Marc Spilde.

        There is a small chance of showers later today, and storms are likely to hit the area Wednesday and possibly Thursday, he said. But the steady rain Ms. Harnish is looking for isn't in the forecast.

        Mr. Spilde said today's possible rain won't pack much of a punch because the ground is so dry.

        A “drought breeds drought,” he said.

        The area missed the mark for precipitation in June and July, coming up short by about 3 inches, according to AccuWeather data.

        Power was restored by early Monday morning to 31,386 Ohio and Northern Kentucky households that lost it during the storms, said Dave Woodburn, Cincinnati Gas and Electric spokesman.

        Only one customer, in Mount Washington, was without power Monday afternoon, Mr. Woodburn said. That customer reported the outage late Monday morning. Eastern Hamilton County and Clermont County were hit the hardest.

        Residents in Lebanon and Anderson Township reported small hail Sunday night.

        A fire started in an Anderson Township home on Deerhaven Drive when lightning struck it about 6 p.m.

        No one was injured.

        Tristate forecast, radar, and current conditions

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