Data gathered from our on site golf course weather station produced some interesting statistics as well. The highest temperature for the month came on July 20th with a recording of 96.6. I know cannot expect sympathy from those folks living in Dallas. Our highest mean temperature (averaging the high and low for the day was July 1st coming in at 85.4 degrees. (Not a good for sleeping.) The warmest overnight low was recorded at 73.3 degrees on July 18th at 2:30 AM! (I recall driving into work in Evansville, Ind. when a bank clock registered 88 degrees at 4:30 AM. Now you know why I like being a Northerner!)
Now for some precipitation stats. The golf course received 8.18" of precipitation for the month. (That figure includes some irrigation.) Days of rain (>.01") was 25. Last I checked there were only 31 day's in the month. We had 14 days of rainfall greater than one tenth of an inch and two days of rainfall exceeding one inch. We set cart restrictions in areas that were never restricted in the past due to the ponding of puddles.
There was a record rainfall on the 28th of July 2.95 inches of rain fell in one hours time. I believe the airport recorded 3.2," a new rainfall record for a one hour period of time. This storm washed out all bunkers, cart paths and floated duff from the forest floor out onto fairways creating a wet blanket that needed to be cleaned immediately before it could suffocate the turf below.
|2.95" of rain completely swept the erosion control rip/rap from it's base down on the fifth hole.|
|Root length observed is less than 1/4" AND these came from one of our healthy greens! Thus the basis for an early unscheduled aerification.|
Those are the grizzly details from a beastly month. Stay cool! _Mk