When 2010 ended with a rainfall deficit of nearly 12 inches, many Brazos Valley residents were worried about what 2011 would bring (or not bring). We needed rain, and we needed it badly.
Most of the viewing area was under an Outdoor Burn Ban, and grassfires seemed to spark at the drop of a hat. Across Southeast Texas, the ground was dry, crops were thirsty and lawns weren't looking so good.
Then came what so many had been hoping and praying for: an upper level disturbance that brought a good, soaking rain to the area. Light, then moderate and heavy rainfall moved in and stayed with us for several hours from Saturday night into Sunday morning. 1-3 inches fell across the Brazos Valley, giving thirsty crops a drink and putting a smile on farmers' faces.
Rainfall totals (in inches) from Saturday night through Sunday morning (1/8-1/9)
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What's better is that no severe weather came with this system either. With very dry ground and a lot of rain coming down relatively quickly, there was concerns over Flash Flooding. Those concerns never came to fruition.
We also escaped the winter weather that has killed two and caused schools and businesses to close across the South. Outside of about two snowflakes that fell in the Northernmost tip of Houston county, we saw nothing but much-needed rain.
Walker county has already dropped their Outdoor Burn Ban, and it's quite likely that other counties will follow suit at their next Commissioner's Court meetings.
As much better off as we are, we've still got some catching up to do. There is hope! A disturbance moving into Southeast Texas this weekend could bring decent chances of rain both Saturday and Sunday.
We'll just have to cross our fingers that the second half of January is as good as the first!