Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Drought relaxes

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — An early summer drought has eased its grip on some sections of Kentucky, particularly in the Bluegrass region.

        But western and central Kentucky still need extraordinary amounts of rain (6.60 and 7.85 inches above normal, respectively) to pull them out of their moderate drought status.

        The Palmer Drought Severity Index numbers showed Monday that the Bluegrass region needs 1.89 inches of above-normal rainfall to erase the drought.

        “Our crops look good, gardens look good, everything looks much better,” said Pendleton County Judge-executive Henry W. Bertram.

        Most people in the eastern half of the state look around and see a landscape that doesn't look like anything what could be called a drought.


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