Some rainfall last week helped to briefly ease the drought situation across Southeast Texas. The problem is, we are not getting enough rain over a more widespread area. There are too many "hit or miss storms" that can easily dump a few inches of rain over one town and completely miss another just a few miles down the road. June through September is considered the wettest period of the year in Southeast Texas, but that has not lived up to standards so far in 2013.
Keep in mind, the climate data for Southeast Texas is recorded at one location, the Jack Brooks Airport in Mid-county. Even so, the drought continues to spread. Officially, we have only received 6.40 inches of rain since June 1st. That puts us 9.63 inches below our average total of 16.03. For the entire year, the numbers continue to slip into the red. Since January 1st, we have received 34.49 inches of rain leaving us 2.35 inches under our normal of 36.84.
Right now, a moderate drought has encompassed most of Southeast Texas with the exception of extreme eastern Tyler county, extreme northeastern Hardin county, and northwest Jasper county. Those areas are classified as abnormally dry. The worst of the drought continues for Liberty county and counties further west.
The very dry and slightly comfortable air that has invaded the region for the past few days will hold on for Monday. By Tuesday, Gulf moisture associated with a very broad areas of low pressure will come onshore. This will open the door for some beneficial rainfall.
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