Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
We just finished fair week, so of course it was a wet, rainy, and humid one. It almost wouldn’t seem right to have a fair with, well, fair weather.
It’s projected to stay wet and rainy right on through this week and weekend as well. Carter County and eastern Kentucky stay fairly wet anyway. Carter averages about 44 to 45 inches of rain a year, well over the national average of 38 inches a year, and this year has been no exception with heavy rains and flooding right through spring and summer.
Some of that extra rain and flooding can rightly be blamed on climate change, but people have always complained about (and probably always will complain about) the weather. In September of 1920 the editors of the Herald noted that they hadn’t had a clear, rain free Saturday since June – “12 Saturdays straight it has rained without missing one” – the paper noted.
“(In) Olive Hill there has been already this year over 48 inches of rainfall and the average for Kentucky is only about 32 inches per year,” the paper noted. (Whether those figures were accurate, or they have increased over time is unclear, but 48 inches – with three months still left in the year – is a goodly amount of rain no matter how you measure it.)
I guess it’s a good thing, then, that the Maddox Grocery Co. offered local farmers “Certain-teed” roofing to help keep barns and buildings “impervious to driving rain.”
The other option would have been to follow Noah’s lead, but we have a feeling that an ark full of farm animals would be hard to navigate down Tygart Creek, no matter how heavy the rain.
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