What is in this article?:
- Rain brings relief but also damage.
- Reservoirs are not filling from recent rainfall.
- Drought conditions highly variable across Texas.
SUNNY DAYS in between rain showers promoted hay production in East Texas.
Last week was a good week for West Texas precipitation. Unfortunately, the state’s first extended hot, dry spell of the summer, expected this week, will negate most of the gains from two or three rainfall events.
“King and Dickens counties were the two big winners last week,” says Climatologist Victor Murphyat the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Southern Region Office in Ft. Worth. Much of King County received 3 inches of rainfall and about one-fourth of Dickens County received 3 inches from several rain events last week, Murphy says.
“Generally, rainfall was pretty widespread and averaged from 1 inch to 2 inches across the entire region. It was the wettest week we’ve had (in West Texas) in a long time. We may see some improvement in the drought monitor later this week.”
But probably not for long.
“Last week’s rain (is) followed this week by the first significant hot, dry weather of the year across the entire state.”
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“We do not think enough rain fell to justify improvement in the Lubbock National Weather Service (NWS) area,” says Ron McQueen of the Lubbock Forecast Office. “We actually did fairly well the past week, in general 1 inch to 2 inches—up to an inch above normal for some areas.”
And some areas got more than others. “A little spot near Jayton continues to perform even better. This is the only ‘normal’ period of precipitation we have seen this spring.”
More rain may follow. “There appears to be some hope for showers Friday and into the next weekend.” And then more dry weather comes in. “Otherwise, the upper ridge will dominate this week and should redevelop next week with more hot and dry weather,” McQueen says.