NWS Says Rain Didn’t Bust Historic Texas Drought
DALLAS/FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Most of North Texas saw some much needed rain earlier this month. However, the National Weather Service says it barely made a dent in the historic drought the state is suffering.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area saw about two inches of rain earlier this month. According to the weather service, it was enough for sections of the metro area to be removed from the moderate drought category.
But, in a public statement, the National Weather Service announced, “The prospects for drought busting rainfall this month are not good.” May is typically one of the wettest months of the year in North Texas.
“While the rain from last week helped, we really need a couple days of steady rain to help put a big dent in the drought,” said CBS 11 Chief Meteorologist Larry Mowry. “That is not in the foreseeable future.”
The prediction doesn’t bode well for the fire danger. In the National Weather Service statement, “the fire weather threat will continue well after the traditional fire season has come to an end.”
Meanwhile, every dry day means the rainfall deficit continues to grow.
Records show between September 26, 2010 and May 7, 2011, DFW International Airport has recorded 12.41 inches of rain. Usually, we can expect to see 21.40 inches of rain. That comes out to a deficit of nearly nine inches.
“The weather pattern as we head into summer looks hotter and drier than normal,” Mowry said. “This doesn’t bode well for the state of the drought.”
The news is actually worse outside of the metro area. The precipitation deficit in Mineral Wells is 10.59 inches. Terrell is at 10.92 inches below normal.
“Here in North Texas we have been somewhat more fortunate than other parts of the state because we have actually had a few rain events,” Mowry said. “But other parts of the states the drought will become even worse, as rain is less likely there over the next few months than in North Texas.”
Stay with the CBS 11 Storm Team for any changes to the weather pattern. There is a chance of rain from Tuesday through Thursday of this week.