Having said that, I'm sorry to rain on everyone's parade but more heavy rain is expected today. :( In fact, the annual Christmas Balls event was cancelled because of today's forecast. LAST TIME I mentioned how 2018 keeps throwing weather related punches and I thought our winter storm
(the snow was beautiful by the way) might be the round house to end the year. Seems Mother Nature had other plans as we received a deluge of 1.38 inches rain last weekend (on top of the melted snow) and now just as the course is beginning to turn the corner as it relates to carts on the fairways we have another batch of southern moisture headed our way.
This is why my team and I busted our you-know-whats this past Monday to vent all greens. The needle tine operation (same venting we typically do throughout the summer months) was performed to assist with recovery of existing saturated conditions, but also help our putting greens withstand the next batch coming today. In other words, let's create more space for the water to go and help get air into the root zone. Roots grow in the pockets BETWEEN soil particles so creating air space is important when Mother Nature rains on your parade too frequently.Are we really going to get 2 inches more before the weekend??? Just when we were starting to dry out!— Brian Finn (@bfinn12) December 19, 2018
Course has taken on 3.63” precip in past 7 days (Dec 9-10 2.25” sleet/snow & Dec 14-15 1.38” rainfall). Today we breathe! #vent #needletine #cltwx #MaintenanceMonday pic.twitter.com/w9NCwH0Bcv— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) December 17, 2018
We also made a little fertility application to the greens and applied a light sand topdressing. We followed that with two days of rolling to smooth the surface and correct the tufting that typically occurs with new tines and the greens are once again good to go. Hopefully they will breathe a little easier this time around.Minor tufting occurred during our vent operation Monday. Heavier rollers used yesterday & today to smooth surfaces back to standard. Hole still present for the rain expected tomorrow & Friday. #breathe pic.twitter.com/PXeWfMCiSK— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) December 19, 2018
One thing that didn't get mentioned last time, but I have certainly discussed at great length recently on Twitter is our annual rainfall total. Since completing the restoration in 2008 on the heels of the worst drought in NC history we have received roughly 40 inches rainfall yearly. Our wettest year during that span was 2009 when we received 54.77 inches (wet). The rain event last weekend pushed 2018 past 2009 as our new wettest year with a grand total of 55.16 inches as we head into today's wet weather event.
At this rate we will be fast approaching 60 inches rainfall @CGC1929 in 2018! 🤦🏻♂️ #GoodGrief #wet #saturated #notfirmandfast #cltwx https://t.co/fhPG63axnt— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) December 19, 2018
So, if you've been thinking that perhaps it rains nearly every weekend or just before of late, you're not imagining things. And unfortunately, with the weak El Nino in place that typically translates to a southern jet stream track in the winter bringing moisture up from the gulf and it could continue to be cold, wet and dreary for the foreseeable future considering the first official day of astrological winter is tomorrow. Good Grief!
That's all for now, grab your hat, coat, umbrella, boots, and whatever else you need to survive the elements today and tomorrow. It's almost time for our annual trek to the mountains of southwest Virginia to enjoy the Christmas holiday with our families (I can almost hear Perry Como now). We depart tomorrow but we'll be back soon and remember if you're playing golf on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day be leery of arriving too early with morning lows forecasted in the 30's. I should be back in time for the next big rain event prior to next weekend (facepalm emoji here). I honestly believe we are going to surpass 60 inches precipitation before 2019 arrives. Maybe it's not too late to ask Santa for some new rain gear?The year's not over yet but here's looking at the 2018-to-date departure from 41-year annual mean CONUS precipitation (1977-2017). pic.twitter.com/U3ThZA5oho— Greg Carbin (@GCarbin) December 16, 2018
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays CGC,
Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG