Rain levels higher than normal in Tampa Bay

12:37 PM, Jul 18, 2011   |    comments
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New Tampa, FL - The Bay area is among the only regions in the state avoiding drought conditions right now.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 90 percent of the state is facing abnormally dry weather. A year ago, that number was at five percent. 10 News meteorologist Sherry Ray Hughes says Tampa Bay is actually seeing higher than normal amounts of rainfall so far this year.

"From January until now, we have gotten 30 inches of rain," she says. "Normally, at this time of the year, we would have only gotten a little more than 20 inches."

Those additional inches are leading to additional business for some local companies, such as Lawn Enforcement in New Tampa.

"If it continues to rain like it has been, it just exacerbates the problem. There's nowhere for all this water to go," says Lawn Enforcement president Justin Birmingham.

Just two days after mowing and maintaining one lawn in New Tampa, grass had already grown a few inches. Birmingham's boots sunk into the mud as he walked across the lawn. Tracks remained in the mud hours after a golf cart drove across it.

Too much rain over a series of days or weeks could lead to fungus and root rot within some grassy areas, a problem that's typically solved when the rain stops.

"It does a lot of damage. That's where the real problem starts," Birmingham says. "When it stays this wet, it's not a self-correcting problem."

No matter how much rain Tampa Bay receives, the area could also still be affected by persistent drought conditions across the rest of the state.

"We've got farmers to the south, we've got farmers to the north. They need the water for the crops, we need the crops when we go to the grocery stores," Hughes says.

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