Heavy mid-October rainfall brought flooding to Austin and San Antonio, but the DFW Metroplex didn’t get enough rain to a dent in the drought.
Widespread 3 to 5 inch totals were observed in central and south Texas, but the Dallas area generally received only about an inch.
The dry soil greedily soaked up what rain north Texas got, and there was very little recharge to area lakes. Bottom line: The Metroplex remains in a moderate to severe drought situation.
Here are some rainfall totals Month-To-Date (through Oct 21) for the Metroplex; given a dry pattern expected through the end of the month, these will likely be close to the totals for Oct 2013:
- Fort Worth-Alliance…..1.39”
- Fort Worth-Meacham…..1.80”
These totals will be less than half of the October average.
The outlook through the winter of 2013-2014 suggests that odds are slightly in favor or a drier than average cold season. This is anything but good news for the Lone Star State: sixty-five percent of the state is in a moderate (or worse) drought condition as of October 17.