North Texas Makes History, With The Wettest Year To Date

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The rainstorms on July 8 were history making. It’s officially been the wettest year in North Texas to date – but experts say we probably won’t keep the record.

Matt Stalley, with the National Weather Service, says our yearly rainfall average is 36.14 inches. So far this year the Dallas/Fort Worth area has seen 36.50 inches of rain.

While the accumulation isn’t shabby, there have been years that even wetter.

“We’ve got a long way to go to actually be the wettest year on record, by the end of the year,” Stalley explained. “That occurred in 1905 and that was 60.2 inches for that total. So, we’ll still need another two feet of rain if we want to make a run at wettest year on record.”

Stalley says this is an El Niño year, which could mean even more rain this year. An El Niño is an irregular series of ocean-atmosphere climatic changes affecting the Equatorial Pacific.

After the long Texas drought, most people aren’t opposed to the idea of more wet weather and Stalley says the major flooding concerns appear to be in the rear-view mirror.

Don’t turn off your sprinklers just yet. While the El Niño phenomenon occurs once every three to seven years, Stalley said it doesn’t always include more rain. “It’s not always a great predictor for rainfall, especially in this location. You can tend to have a slightly above normal rainfall during those years, but it’s by no means a guarantee.”

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor as of July 9, there are no areas in the entire state of Texas that are listed at severe, extreme or exceptional drought.

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