Two thousand twelve was one of the driest years we’ve experienced. Unfortunately, the outlook for 2013 doesn’t look all that promising. The fact is drought conditions have already taken their toll on many plants within our landscapes. Precipitation, whether in the form of rain or snow, is much needed.
On Dec. 19, 2012, central Nebraska welcomed its first measurable snowstorm for the season. That storm delivered 6 to 8 inches of very wet snow within a period of less than 24 hours. I remember how thrilled I was looking out our living room window the morning of the 20th and seeing the landscape covered in a blanket of white. Mentally I thought, “Finally, much-needed precipitation has arrived. Rain would have been better, but who’s complaining.”