Letcher County is in the beginning stages of its second drought in as many summers.
Brian Schoettmer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, said Letcher County can be categorized as “abnormally dry” along with McCreary, Whitley, Knox, Bell, Harlan, Pike, Magoffin, Knott, Perry and Clay counties.
Schoettmer said Letcher County is an inch below normal for the amount of rain it should receive in June. So far this month, the county has had 2.47 inches of rain.
Since January Letcher County has had 18 inches of rain; the normal amount of rainfall for that time period is 22.5 inches. For 2008, Letcher County has a 4.5-inch deficient.
Schoettmer said Letcher County ended 2007 about 10 inches below the normal amount, which is 40 to 45 inches. Letcher County had 30 to 35 inches of rain.