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East Texas drought and rainfall update

East Texas drought and rainfall update

POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 1:57pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 3:13pm

Drought conditions have crept back into East Texas.  The most recent Drought Monitor, released today (3/28), says that all of East Texas is "dry", parts of East Texas have moved into "moderate" drought, and parts of the I-30 corridor are in "severe" drought.

The reason we have become so dry is the lack of rainfall within the last six months to a year.  Over the last six months, most places in East Texas are around 6-8 inches below average in terms of rainfall.  The driest being the I-30 corridor, and Deep East Texas seeing the most rainfall.

In addition, March has been very dry so far.  With only three days left in the month, it could go down as an extremely dry month if we don't get any rain before April begins.  Tyler has only seen 1.72 inches of rain this month, where we normally average around 4.12 inches per month of March.

A dry spring is not good a situation as we head into the normally quite hot summer months.  Since it is the beginning of spring, we still have April and May to catch up on rainfall.  Here's to hoping April and May will be much wetter than March has been.

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