Summer Storms Catch Residents, Visitors Off Guard

By: Alex Lotz Email
By: Alex Lotz Email

After sweltering heat and reaching record high temperatures over the past few weeks, the Brazos Valley finally got a good soaking of much needed rain.

Some people didn't mind getting a little wet if it meant relief from the heat. "I really wish I brought my rain coat with me," said Bryan-College Station Visitor, Emily Gaub.

Monday brought in much needed rain to the area and surprised a lot of people who were not ready for a rainy day. "I didn't bring bring a rain coat or umbrella when I came here, so I am a little soaked," Gaub said.

Gaub is visiting from Seattle and says the rainfall on Monday was a heavier downfall than what she is used too. She isn't the only person who was surprised by the sudden showers after weeks of sweltering temperatures.

"Two days ago, it was 103 degrees and then all of the sudden, today it is pouring down rain," said Bryan-College Station resident, Tabor Malcik.

The rain coming down is very unseasonable for this time of year and with the cooler temperatures, feels more like a spring shower than a summer storm.

"I don't think I've seen rain since, or not rain this hard since September," Malcik said.

Malcik's father is a farmer, and he knows first hand of how desperate the community is for rain. "All we could use right now is a six inch rain," Malcik said. "We need that and this is a good one because it is nice and slow."

The showers are hitting our area because a low pressure system up north is bringing in rain from the south, giving the Bryan-College Station area a much needed soaking.

"It's kind of keeping you on your toes, but I guess that's why we live in Texas" Malcik said.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for northern areas of the Brazos Valley until Monday evening.

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