Coming off a dry La Nina pattern, of course everyone can still remember the severe drought that the Brazos Valley and south Texas experienced last summer. But patterns change, as does the calendar...and here we are looking at rain chances just about every few days thanks to our good friend El Nino. (When all else fails...blame El Nino right? Cold out today?--El Nino. Cloudy and miserable?--El Nino. Got in a car accident?--El Nino!)
Monday's cold front brought some pretty big rains across the Brazos Valley. Here are some of the totals from our Weather Watchers:
College Station: .68"
Camp Creek: 2.00"
Hilltop Lakes: 1.55"
Now, the comment that I've heard the most from folks over the past couple of days is "Enough with the rain for a while! My yard is still a soggy mess from the last time it rained." While that may be true, we have finally managed to work up a bit of a surplus in the ol' rain bucket, thus far, this year.
Officially for College Station, we ended 2009, 0.69" of rain below the "normal." Truthfully, not bad considering the drought we were forced to experience. As we continue into 2010, and with El Nino looking to remain a driving force for a while, most likely we'll continue with this pretty progressive pattern for a while...meaning, for now keep those umbrellas close to the front door. Next good chance for rain? Thursday...here we go again!