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A fast-moving cold front brought a line of showers and thunderstorms to north Texas on January 29, but amounts were disappointingly light, doing little to ease Metroplex drought conditions. DFW Airport recorded .39” of rainfall, and this was a typical value for the DFW area.
Rainfall totals across Dallas, Tarrant, and surrounding counties were generally under a half inch, which does little to ease the long-term dry conditions that have plagues north Texas since the middle of 2012.
Heavy rainfall in early January skews the precipitation total for the entire month above the norm, but the temporary easing of the drought is being quickly erased by persistent dry and windy weather.
January was a very warm month for Dallas, making for higher than normal winter-time evaporation. The average daily temperature ran more than 3 degrees above average, which is considered moderately above the norm. Drought conditions are classified as "moderate" across most of the Dallas area at the end of January, but this is expected to worsen as February wears on.
The outlook for the spring of 2013 is for warmer than normal temperatures with lower than normal precipitation; this is anything but good news.