Above-normal rainfall in December has helped to ease the current drought. Early in December, all of Southeast Texas was in a Severe Drought. Currently, we have dropped to a Moderate Drought. Next week looks wet with heavy rainfall possible which will further help.

As far as rainfall...

Since January 1st through December 29th, the Primary Climate Station at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport (BPT) has received 63.66 inches of rain. This is 3.54 inches above normal or 6% above normal for the year.

Last year at this time, we had only picked up 31.00 inches.

Below-normal rainfall of 4.26" in October and below-normal rainfall in November of 4.40" helped to develop the current drought.

Since December 1st though, we have received 6.30" of rainfall which is 1.36" above-normal or 28% above normal.

The Forecast for the upcoming month gives Southeast Texas a 33% chance of above-normal rainfall.

According to the Climate Prediction Center, the Forecast for the next three months give Southeast Texas Equal Chances of Below-Normal, Normal or Above-Normal Rainfall.