First Seven Months of Year were Wettest on Record for Texas

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The first seven months of the year were the wettest on record in Texas.

It's further confirmation of a recent declaration saying Texas is drought-free for the first time in at least a decade.

The National Weather Service says the statewide average for rain through July was 27.11 inches.

That's nearly eleven inches above the norm.

The previous record for the first seven months was 25.88 inches in 1941.

Meanwhile, a grass-roots effort across the state is expected to help gather weather information.

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Networks is made up of volunteer backyard weather observers.