Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Finally Some Relief

After 30 days without any meaningful precipitation, Sunday afternoon we received an averaged total of .23” of rain. Throughout the golf course there are five different rain gauges that record our totals. We have multiple gauges due to the fact that the course consistently receives varied amounts of precipitation when it occurs. The gauge that is located on hole #5 collected .42”, while the gauge on hole #15 only collected .08” of precipitation.

To better understand what I am talking about, think about the golf course and where the Ponderosa Pines are located. Trees do not grow unless there is ample water for them to become established and ultimately thrive. On the front nine holes #4 and #5 consistently receive the highest amount of precipitation, meanwhile holes #13, #14 and #15 receive the least.

Having this information helps me with irrigation scheduling, allowing know which areas on the course will dry out first due to the differences in precipitation received.

Solid Dew Pattern As a Result Of Natural Precipitation