If you've wondered recently if it has ever rained this much in Charlotte, the answer is NO. The past six months have been record breaking, as in the all-time wettest September through February ever, and Charlotte weather records date back 141 years. We recorded 41.07 inches rainfall at the golf course during this period. The city of Charlotte receives about 40 inches rainfall annually, meaning we received one year's worth of rain in half the time!
Now take into account the past six months are the six months of the year with the slowest plant growth (turf is either preparing for winter or dormant during winter) and you gain a better understanding of the existing course conditions. And if that doesn't impress you, here are some other numbers about the recent wet weather that may give you a different perspective. One acre foot of water (that's water twelve inches deep across an entire acre of surface area) is 325,851 gallons. An acre is 43,560 square feet for those wondering. If we convert our rainfall from inches to feet we get 41.07/12 = 3.4225 feet of rainfall. If we multiply that by the total number of irrigated acres maintained on the golf course (125) we get 3.4225 x 125 = 427.8125 acre feet of water. Multiply that by the number of gallons in one acre foot and we get 427.8125 x 325,851 = 139,403,130.9375 gallons of water fell on the golf course this fall and winter.
And how much water is 139 million gallons you ask. It's more than the total amount applied to the golf course through the irrigation system since 2012! That's right, we've only applied 131.7 million gallons combined the past seven years (2012-2018) for an average of 18.7 million gallons per season. And it turns out it wasn't just the Queen City, as this past winter (December-February) was announced to be the all-time wettest in U.S. history.
Moving on, despite the wet conditions my team and I continue to forge ahead. We managed to get started on spring pre-emergent applications yesterday as we identified the driest of holes and the process will continue again today. This isn't the latest we've ever made these applications as each year can be different but considering Forsythia (indicator plant) bloomed early thanks to the warmer than average February, the saturated conditions were frustrating. So take home message, if you haven't treated your home lawn for crabgrass it isn't too late, but don't delay.Just in: U.S. has wettest #winter (Dec–Feb) on record, marking 2.22 inches of precipitation above average, per @NOAANCEIclimate https://t.co/8zpEBc1afU #StateOfClimate pic.twitter.com/s05Wazo993— NOAA (@NOAA) March 6, 2019
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And don't forget golf fans today is Round 1 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida. I miss the King and I'm rooting for Justin Rose since he selected an awesome way to honor and pay tribute to Arnie with his twitter account this week. Nice avatar Justin, I'm sure Arnold would approve with his signature thumb's up!
I’ve had a good few weeks rest, and also worked hard with #Team🌹at home. Excited to be back in Orlando for the @APinv #APInv #arniesarmy #TheKing pic.twitter.com/bdQZcmTk3x— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) March 5, 2019
See you on the course... soon I hope,
Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG
How soon? Asking for a friend. 😉 #Spring— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) March 6, 2019