Record Rainfall Inches Closer to Ending Record Drought

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

Four-to-seven inches of rain fell in our area last week when severe storms swept through the Brazos Valley. The welcome rain has replenished stock ponds, creeks, rivers, and lakes that were left dry by the ongoing drought.

"The rain was just so hard we had to pull over," said Snook resident, Sherrie Winn Friday night.

Pounding rain and rushing water flooded streets while Friday night's storm lit up the twin cities. Several miles down the road, it is believed a tornado touched down near Highway 50 and County Road 269 -- smashing seven FedEx trailers and damaging homes and businesses. The storm has since passed, but much of the drought-stricken land along FM 60 near Snook continues to recharge; crops are submerged and fields transformed into lakes.

“After the rain Friday night and Saturday morning, you can see the line where the cow path is, and we got quite a bit of rain and we are about two miles from the Fed Ex offices that got hit by the tornado,” said Mike Gore.

Gore works at Texas Parks and Wildlife and says although his building was unscathed; the rain did leave behind a rather large pond in the pasture.

"Generally this area is dry and there are cattle from farm services over at A&M that feed over here and are able to just pass right through without a problem," Gore said. "But not today."

For the time being, we can set our umbrellas aside and enjoy the respite of the rain that now fills parched ponds and dried up fields. But even with the weekend rainfall, KBTX News 3 Meteorologist Kailey Carey says it's not enough to put an end to the record drought.

“We're definitely not out of the drought stage yet, the rain we saw was great but it was too hard, too fast, too much, so a lot of it ran off and didn't really get the chance to soak into the ground and absorb, so it just really needs to sit and soak,” said Carey.

With record rainfall soaking into the ground and more rain forecasted in the horizon -- could be just the perfect recipe for the demise of the worst drought in Texas History.

"So far this year we’ve seen 9.22 inches of rain which is a significant amount because last year we saw a little over 19 inches of rain," explained Carey. "A normal amount for the entire year is over 30 inches, so we are already almost a third of the way and we’re only one month in. So this is definitely a step in the right direction."

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