This week's rain is too little, too late for Chattanooga area farmers

FORECAST

After midnight Tuesday: About nine-tenths of an inch to an inch-and-a-quarter of rain expected by daybreak.Tuesday morning: Rain tapers off with a high of 74 and the sky clears.Tuesday night: Increasing clouds, mild with rain returning overnight.Wednesday: Rains continue for first half of the day with another chance of a thunderstorm and a high of 64. Rainfall Wednesday could total to one inch to one-and-a-third inches of rain.Source: WRCB-TV Channel 3

With the tri-state area's rainfall deficit this year already at more than 20 inches, this week's rain is almost insultingly insufficient, essentially turning some of the region's grassless pastures into giant mud pies.

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