LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - South Plains cotton producers almost can't contain themselves as they look at the rain forecast for the next couple of days.
The weather pattern expected to last through Tuesday is atypical for area growers of the fluffy fiber this time of year. They usually face too little rain along with brisk winds and blistering temperatures during summer months.
National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Conder says up to 5 inches could fall in some areas of West Texas.
Areas expecting rain include Lubbock, the Rolling Plains to the east, San Angelo and the Midland-Odessa area. He said some areas are forecast to get as little as an inch.
Littlefield cotton producer Brad Heffington says the South Plains is in the midst of its driest three-year span going back to 1895.