2015 ushered in the start of my Tiny Farms 6th year of this long running drought. For the first time in more than 5 years it is to wet to plant my garden vegetables. That’s a good thing.
Over the past 6 days my rain gauge has registered almost 8 1/2 inches(216mm) of much needed rain.
It has not been all fun and games. This week, if I haven’t lost count, southwest Oklahoma has had more funnel clouds than I count and 19(I think) confirmed tornado’s on the ground, all confirmed by trained storm spotters. We have been mostly lucky ‘so far’ they have caused little homedamage, loss of life or other property damage.
Enhanced Fujita scale (EF-Scale) is used to describe expected/observed tornado damage. EF storms are rated EF0 – EF5 damage increasing as the EF number increases.
EF0 = 65-85 mph winds
EF1 = 86-110 mph winds
EF2 = 111-135 mph winds
EF3 = 136-165 mph winds
EF4 = 166-200 mph winds
EF5 = 200 + mph winds
FYI 1999 Bridge Creek – Moore tornado – Mobile radar recorded winds up to 301 mph (484 kmh), which is the highest wind speed ever measured on Earth.
I hope this tornado rating (EF scale) and expected property damage based on tornado wind speeds(EF scale).
All of the farm ponds are full, creeks and small rivers are running bank to bank and a few are in flood stage.
Wheat crops look better that they have looked in at least 5 or 6 years. Many of the farmers that planted cotton will have to replant when the soil dries a bit. Seed beds were washed away leaving the fields flat as a plate.
:-)In a week or so I will plant / replant corn, squash, cucumbers and okra.
I’m hopeful that this has been the drought busting rain we have been waiting for.
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