This time last year, we were over three inches in the red in terms of our rainfall deficit. The outlook looks much more promising as we continue to close the gap with yet another round of rain.
Another disturbance moved slowly across the area Thursday. It's been the only good widespread rain event we've seen since June 9th, and steady, heavy rain brought relief from the temperatures as well as bringing us some much needed rain. After plenty of moderate to heavy rainfall early in the day, showers tapered off in the afternoon hours.
Areas to the East of BCS (those in the most need of rain) saw the highest rainfall totals, with two and a half inches falling in Huntsville, 2 inches reported near Navasota, and 1.38 inches falling over BCS. Other totals included 0.5 inches in Carlos and 0.22 inches in Centerville. Caldwell only picked up a trace Thursday morning.
Rainfall Totals from June 24, 2010
Rain chances aren't looking promising for awhile after Thursday's rain. We're continuing to watch the tropics. In the Caribbean, there is a cluster of showers and thunderstorms that the National Hurricane Center is giving a 70% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, but it's still a long way out. The storms continue to move over land and have some westerly winds further North to contend with before it moves Northwest into the Gulf of Mexico. Even if it does develop, models vary greatly on the path it would take.
For now, enjoy the rain and the cooler temperatures as well!