Rain would be useful

By The Mercury

We’re not accustomed to temperatures hovering near 90 in the winter, even if it happens on the very last day of winter. Our recently departed winter surely was a strange one, warmer than usual — not that many of us complained — and with minimal snowfall, which did raise eyebrows.

This morning on this first day of spring, area residents woke to birds chirping, temperatures in the upper 50s or low 60s, and smoke from grassfires in the air. That’s more seasonal. But coming after a season that ended with record warmth in much of Kansas, here’s hoping it’s not a sign of the weeks and months to come.

What’s been missing in all these unseasonably balmy days has been rain. And its absence grows increasingly conspicuous and costly as the drought, troubling here but even more acute in other parts of the state, continues. Residential gardeners have the luxury of being able to water their grass and flower beds, but the good folks who raise crops for a living can’t just turn the spigot when one warm, windy, rainless day follows another.

Not only would a heavenly watering provide needed relief —especially if it repeated at regular intervals — it would make the new season seem a lot more like spring

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