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Improvements to Drought Conditions Across the Brazos Valley and Texas

Recent rainfall across the Brazos Valley, over the past few months, have managed to erase a large amount of the drought that developed during the Spring and Summer of 2013.

On September 1st, Bryan / College Station was officially behind 5.90" of rain on the year.

Below is a look at the Nation's Drought Monitor as of September 3rd

Shortly after, scattered rain was able to move through the area, thanks to a few areas of disturbed weather rolling in from the Gulf of Mexico.

October began the arrival of cold fronts, once again, as fall arrived across the area and in Texas. Along with those fronts, healthy rain fell ahead of cooler air spilling into the Brazos Valley.

As of October 16th, Bryan / College Station was only 0.75" (three quarters of an inch) behind on rainfall for the year. Most of the Brazos remains in a D1: "Moderate Drought" for the time being.

Below is a look at the Nation's Drought Monitor as of October 15th

Texas Drought Monitor as of October 15th

At the peak of the drought in the Brazos Valley -- categorized as D3: "Extreme Drought" -- the area needed 12" of rainfall in one month in order to erase the effects of the hot and dry, summer conditions.

While more rain is in the forecast for the upcoming week, between October 17th and October 24th, the area is expected to likely hold steady when it comes to the current drought conditions.

October's Monthly Drought Outlook

That said, the three month outlook for the Brazos Valley -- released on October 17th -- calls for the drought to (possibly) be removed from the area and much of Central and Southeast Texas.

Seasonal Outlook Valid October 17th through January 31st

More on extended outlooks for the region and country can be found over on the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Page.


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