Rainy winter helped improve drought

March 14th, 2012 at 10:56 pm by under Weather

With only 4 days left officially in the Winter 2011-12 season, the much wetter than normal winter has sure helped improve the drought.  The entire area is still in at least a moderate drought, but that is a big improvement from a few months ago.  Since the start of October 2010 when this drought got going we are still to date we are 17.56″ below normal for rainfall.  Comparing rainfall from 2011 to 2012 for January-March, we have had almost 3 times as much rainfall this year, and there is still half of the month of march left.  Tomorrow the latest drought monitor will be available and looks to show slight improvement again as we had a good deal of wet weather last week.

Below are the readings since the start of 2010.

Month Rainfall Normal +/- (inches)
**2012**
March 2.43 1.24 1.19
February 3.04 2.02 1.02
January 4.7 2.22 2.48
**2011**
December 4.93 2.4 2.53
November 2.91 2.96 -0.05
October 2.19 3.88 -1.69
September 0.18 2.99 -2.81
August 0 2.35 -2.35
July 0.05 1.88 -1.83
June 2.01 4.33 -2.32
May 3.65 4.36 -0.71
April 0.27 2.09 -1.82
March 0.09 2.76 -2.67
February 0.48 2.02 -1.54
January 2.92 2.22 0.7
**2010**
December 0.79 2.4 -1.61
November 0.68 2.96 -2.28
October 0.08 3.88 -3.8
September 13.2 2.99 10.21
August 0 2.35 -2.35
July 3.38 1.88 1.5
June 5.93 4.33 1.6
May 1.88 4.36 -2.48
April 2.13 2.09 0.04
March 3.32 2.76 0.56
February 3.08 2.02 1.06
January 3.29 2.22 1.07

The forecast for the next 7 days does include slight chances of showers the next few days, with a strong upper low moving into the desert southwest next week.  This low could provide some strong to severe storms late Monday and Tuesday.  Rain chances should taper off on Wednesday, but not before most areas see some good rainfall.  In fact, some of the longer range models are hinting at inches of rainfall being possible.  I hate getting excited about something that is almost a week away, as a lot can change between now and then, but there is a good deal of agreement so far among the models.  However, if this pattern does play out as its forecasted to, then I don’t see any reason why 2+” of rainfall wouldn’t be possible.  Our last few weather systems have been slow moving upper lows that have dug out west and slowly moved across Texas producing 1-3″ of rainfall. 

For the record, Spring begins officially in our area on Tuesday, March 20 @ 12:14am

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