A prolonged drought in the area, part of a larger one this year involving 56 percent of the land mass in the continental United States, was broken last week when a new weather pattern set in.
Up to one inch of rain over several days, including Sunday morning, has moistened thirsty soil. Temperatures that were consistently in the three digits have been rolled back to the low 90s.
Some wind damage was reported in the northern portion of Marshall County following spotted thunderstorms Friday, according to county administrator Larry Hall. Workers removed trees across roads in the northern part of the county Saturday.
Pastures and gardens may come back if more rain falls this week. Cooler temperatures will also provide relief for crops.
A county-wide burn ban will not be lifted until substantial rains have replenished moisture in the soil, according to emergency management coordinator Hugh Hollowell.
The period from January through June this year is the warmest half year on record for the U.S. mainland, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. One hundred sixty four all-time high temperature records were broken or tied around the country in June, according to reports.
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