Back home in Indiana; 40 inches per year
Here in Kansas; 20 inches per year.
In Indiana farmers measure rain in tenths of an inch.
In Kansas farmers measure rain in hundredths of an inch.
I grew up in northern Indiana in an area with dozens of lakes.
I remember falls, winters and springs in Indiana where it seemed there were months and months of mud.
We complained about the rain, hoping it would finally come to an end. Rain caused mud, mud created ruts and ruts were hard to walk and drive over.
Oh Indiana rain, rain, rain.
Kansas is different. In this part of Kansas there are no lakes. We are classified as a desert grassland.
In Kansas I've never heard anyone complain about the rain. Everyone is completely thankful for the rain. "We need the moisture." everyone comments. I've come to yearn for rain, watching the skies for any sign of a coming storm.
In Kansas water is precious. The aquifers that run below this part of the country are disappearing. Farmers who irrigate crops (corn) and use too much water are fined. Some farmers are moving towards drought resistant crops like sesame seeds. But there are just as many who refuse to change their customs and attitudes toward water usage.
After only six months living out here I've found myself being much more conservative in my water use; laundry, dishes, showers, gardens. I never knew how spoiled I was growing up surrounded by water. I find myself guilty of all the water I've wasted over the years. Water is on my mind much more than ever before.
I took these photos a couple weeks ago and I remember at the time how happy I was to see rain.
What is the rainfall like in your neck of the woods?