We have two types of problem wet spots - the most common is from the sprinklers hitting trees/branches causing the water to "drop". If you see a roped off wet spot, look around and I bet a tree is nearby. The second most common cause of a wet area is from a sprinkler that sticks at night and just waters in one direction. General wetness in the early morning is from us trying not to water to much at night when diseases are most active and playing catchup in the early AM. We have more control in the morning to make sure only those areas that need water get it. The downside is that fairways may be wetter in the early AM. With the drought we have been watering more than ever before and many of the peat soil fairways remain bone dry.
|We have used more water this year, then most.|
- Up to the current hot spell, only four years since 1871 had produced four or more daily 100s: 1934, 1947, 1953, 1988. This year (2012) is now among them.
- The three back to back 100-degree days just completed here--102-degrees Wednesday and 103-degree highs Thursday and Friday, all record breakers--constitute one of only three such strings over Chicago's 142-year observational record. It was 65 years ago in 1947 that we last experienced three consecutive 100-degree or higher temperatures.
- And, the opening six days of July included within the 10-day period of heat being discussed here, is the hottest in 101 years! The period from July 1-7 has produced an average temperature of 87.4-degrees in Chicago which is an extraordinary 13.8-degrees above normal!