Lexington's dry summer dampened by rain

Finally, some rain for our parched lawns and fields.

The wet spring had turned into a dry summer, but Lexington got some rain Monday, the promise of more on Tuesday.

We can thank the weather system formerly known as Tropical Storm Fay.

It is expected to drop as much as 3 inches of rain over parts of Kentucky over the next couple of days, according to the University of Kentucky Agricultural Weather Center.

It is badly needed.

Eastern Kentucky is in moderate drought. Although Lexington and the rest of the state are in what is called "near normal conditions," it was very dry.

June's rainfall in Lexington was an inch below normal. July's was 1.4 inches under.

August was the worst. Before Monday's rain, only .39 of an inch had fallen. The norm for this time of the month: 3 inches.