TYLER — The ground is wet in East Texas after a late Monday night and early Tuesday morning downpour.
As Thanksgiving day approaches, most East Texans are letting out a collective sigh of relief -- something they can be thankful for this year.
East Texan Al Horaney is one of them -- he owns a feed store in Tyler -- the great outdoors is his business.
"It's been a long summer! Long, hot, dry summer...things in the yard are feeling and looking a little better now that we've had a little rain," Horaney said.
He says East Texans have been talking about it too.
"Everybody's just thankful we've had some rain and we just need a whole lot more," Horaney said.
And he's right...KETK's Chief Meteorologist Scott Chesner says -- as far as the drought goes, East Texas is still not out of the woods yet.
"Tyler still about - only about 19 inches for the year now and that is almost 22 inches below normal. Longview's had almost 24 inches this year, but that's about 18 inches below normal, so you can see, we still need well over a foot of rain to come close to catching up to normal," Chesner said.
Scott says most East Texas areas got anywhere from 1 to 2 inches of rain this time...and he hopes more is on the way.
Stay tuned to KETK News and this website for the latest weather updates.