This City Hasn't Seen Rain or Snow in 4 Months

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12 Feb 2018 2:26 PM
Now this is impressive, but not exactly in the best of senses. The city of Amarillo, Texas hasn't seen any measurable rain or snow in 121 days, or almost exactly four months. So for literally a third of the year, the city of about 200,000 people hasn't seen any rain or snow. Normally in that time span, Amarillo would see 3.43" of rain and snow, or about 17 percent of the city's average annual precipitation. The last measurable rain or snow Amarillo got was way back on October 13th, when the city picked up a whole 0.01" of rain. Since then, a consistently dry pattern has blocked away any moisture, a highly unusual spell that's also contributed to below-average moisture across much of the Four Corners region as well this winter. So it's little wonder that Amarillo and much of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles are now under an extreme drought, the second-highest level of drought on the official monitor. The good news, though, is that could soon change, and bring needed drought relief for an agriculture-heavy area desperately needing moisture. A disturbance kicking up beneficial rain and mountain snow across the Southwest is moving into the area on Thursday and Friday, and it could bring some light rain (and perhaps even some ice) to the area, though total moisture amounts look to mostly stay on the lighter side through the weekend. Stay with WeatherNation to see if Amarillo is able to finally snap its dry streak later this week. For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi
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