Neither Hurricanes, Nor Floods, Nor Tornadoes . . . .

By Chris Hartwiger and Patrick O'Brien, agronomists, Southeast Region
May 23, 2012

Current US Drought conditions as of May 15, 2012.  No one can predict how this map will change in a month, but we can provide you with the links to stay up to date. 

Many of us have heard the postman’s motto over years: 

“Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the postmen from their appointed rounds.” 

Actually, this quote is attributed to the Greek Historian Herodotus in approximately 500 B.C. Our question to you is this, “Where is the superintendent’s motto?” In the Southeast alone, golf course superintendents have dealt with a number of overwhelming weather related blows over the last few years. And guess what? They bring the golf course back time and time again. Perhaps the following might be an unofficial early 21st century motto for superintendents in the southeast:

“Neither Hurricane Katrina, nor the 2007 drought, nor the Nashville floods, nor the Alabama tornadoes will keep the golf course superintendent from their appointed tasks.”  

This brief snapshot of events in the southeast is almost overwhelming in terms of the challenges they brought forth.  Will there be more floods, tornadoes, droughts, and hurricanes?  Most assuredly the answer is yes. Given the unpredictable nature of the future, we offer links to these public access websites that may assist you in staying up to date. 



US Drought Portal 

US Drought Monitor 

Seasonal Drought Outlook 



National Weather Service River Conditions 

Flood Outlook 

River Forecasts  


Groundwater and Surface Water 

USGS Surface Water Information  

USGS Groundwater Watch  

USGS Surface Water Data  

US Water Monitor 



NWS Radar Map  

NWS Watches and Warnings  

NWS Precipitation Forecast 


Source: Chris Hartwiger ( and Patrick O'Brien (


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