Drought-Denting Rainfall for North Texas
An incredible rain event for North Texas is about to wind down. Beneficial moisture for our dry soils and rare cool for July are the hallmarks of the past few days.
Rainfall amounts since Sunday are quite impressive south and southwest of the DFW Metroplex, with many areas seeing well over 2″ of rain. Many areas picked up at least an inch of rain, but some areas just east of the Metroplex saw a bit less. Although this rainfall won’t end the drought altogether (especially in our bone-dry western counties) it will go a long way to helping short-term, particularly with limiting our grass fire danger.
The upper level low responsible for our rainfall boon is spinning its way through the Texas Panhandle from east to west. As it moves farther away from North Texas, the rain coverage will continue to go down.
Rain chances today stand around 30-40% in the Metroplex, with higher coverage in our western counties. Rain has tapered off over a good chunk of North Texas, but should redevelop later today with daytime heating and a very moist, unstable atmosphere.
Tomorrow rain chances decrease even more. Although it will still be quite humid and once we heat that air up during the afternoon, a few showers and thunderstorms will pop up.
So little or no sunshine for today will keep temperatures below average, although warmer than Monday. Temperatures will creep back up close to July normals by the end of the week. We could see a few isolated thunderstorms over the weekend. Enjoy the break in the heat while it’s here!