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Believe or Not: Areas Hard-Hit by Harvey Need the Rain

22 Nov 2017, 2:54 pm

After Hurricane Harvey’s torrential rains led to over four feet of rain in some parts of Texas and Louisiana in August, it’s been virtually bone-dry ever since.

Now, many of those areas are beginning to need rain again. In fact, some parts of the hard-hit region are moving into drought conditions of varying levels.

Here’s why: Since Harvey hit Houston, Texas in late August, the city has picked up just 5.15″ of rain, a full 8.25″ below the average of that time span of 13.40″. Houston isn’t officially in a drought, at least not yet, but surrounding areas like Corpus Christi and Lake Charles, Louisiana are. Corpus Christi has seen only 4.16″ of rain since September first, about 40 percent of the average 10.14″ it sees in that time, and Lake Charles has only seen 6.51″, less than half of the 13.17″ for that same time frame.

The worst of the drought conditions across the South are in the ArkLaTex region, including much of Arkansas and northern Louisiana, areas that didn’t end up getting the kind of historic rainfall totals that Houston and Beaumont got during Harvey. Here, there are pockets of ‘severe’ drought, all as a result of a short-term dry spell.

Unfortunately, there’s little rain in the forecast, with the exception of some quick showers Friday and Saturday along a cold front moving through.

Stay with WeatherNation on the continued drought conditions across the region.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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