Loud. And Fast.
|Two cars performing at the Provost airport on the weekend included these automobiles fitted with F-2 jet engines taken from aircraft used in the Korean war. Arizona driver Steve Cooke of the Rollin Thunder car (top) says this unit and the one below called “Her-a-Cane” and driven by Heather Janishewski complete the one-eighth mile race in three seconds—burning 35 gallons of jet fuel while reaching 170 miles per hour. The 10,000 horsepower engines produce 6,000 pounds of thrust. Parachutes are used to help slow down the cars. ©Provost News Photos.
Photo in August 15 edition of The Provost News.
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Crops Get Double Amount of Rain
Some crops growing in the area have received twice as much rainfall as recorded a year ago.
Jim Schon who farms eight miles south of Hayter and has been watching the rain gauge for years says that this growing season (from a four month period of early May to August 9) he had recorded 15.9 inches.
That compares with approximately 8 inches of water for the same time period in 2011.
His records for this year show 7 inches of rain from May to June 10 which included wet snowfall. From June 11 to 30 he measured 5.2 inches this year while in July there was 3.2 inches of rain and from August 1 to 9 there has been a half inch.
In 2008 Schon recorded 7.1 inches from May 1 to August 12. The previous year (2007), 14 inches of rain fell in the four months.
In 2006 the rain gauge showed 20 inches and in 2005 the farmer had 26 inches of rain in the four month period. Because of the heavy rainfall in 2005 a lot of crops were left in the field that fall and “half my crop was harvested in the spring” the following year, Schon recalls.
The driest spring that Schon recalls, according to a 2008 Provost News story, was back in 1989 when the farm had only 3/10ths of one inch for the entire year. “We had good subsoil moisture at that time so that saved our bacon . . . we had something to combine.”
He also remembers 2002 and 2003 which were bad years with little rain as well and that was when there was almost no subsoil moisture; sloughs had dried up and trees were dying off. In some of the 1980s and 1990s some farmers were cutting hay where sloughs were at one time.
Meanwhile 18 miles south of Chauvin near Highway 899, Jack McCluskey says that records between last year and this year also show a doubling of rainfall in the 2012 growing season as well.
More on this story in the Provost News Aug. 15, 2012 print edition.