Let’s take a walk down memory lane.  Think back to April 2012.  April showers bring May flowers, right?  Not so in 2012.  Record warm March temperatures were followed by mild and dry weather in April.  Farmers got their crops in three weeks ahead of schedule, and expected rain in May, typically Missouri's wettest month.  Unfortunately, May brought very little precipitation. Some locations in Missouri went 24 consecutive days, May 8-31, without rain. May was not only dry, but hot, with some of the warmest temperature recorded since 1987.  

Rainfall in June was less than two inches, nearly 3 inches below normal. The extreme heat of one hundred degree plus temperatures, added to the dust bowl like conditions.  By the end of June, Missouri was experiencing one of the worst droughts in nearly 25 years.

Boonville lawns were drying up and even well-tended gardens were wilting in the heat. The new Blooming Boonville brochure, a walking tour of our flower gardens, was filled with pictures of spring flowers, but in reality, it was more like Brown Boonville. Grass fires increased in June and many towns and counties imposed burn bans.  Unfortunately, fireworks in Boonville and all over the state were canceled. 

Thanks to KWRT, Dave's Country Mart, the Isle of Capri, Tim Boggs and community donations and high precipitation, fireworks will be lighting up the skies on July 4, 2013!  So head down to Kemper about dusk time, get yourself settled in a lawn chair and look up!  Before you take a seat, be sure to take part in the YMCA Firecracker 5K which begins at 7PM at Kemper Park. After getting your exercise on, you can enjoy sitting and watching fireworks guilt free! Registration is accepted all the way up to the day of the event at the YMCA.

Enjoy the fireworks, and as you're gazing toward the heavens, give thanks for the rain! Boonville is once again blooming and booming. Play Local, Shop Local and Go Boonville!