Want some good news? Then read this.
On Friday, I talked right here in this very blogosphere about the potential drought relief from an impending rainstorm heading towards the heart of drought-stricken Oklahoma and the panhandle of Texas. Sure, we’ve still got a ways to go, but we’ve (and by we, I have absolutely nothing to do with it) put a solid dent into this drought here over the last few weeks alone.
Here’s a look at the amount of rain we’ve received in southern Kansas (who got hit hard today), Oklahoma and Texas. Pay close attention to the yellows in the Texas panhandle…those are important:
All those yellow indicate a widespread two inch rainfall total. As I also mentioned on Friday, this region gets – on average – about 20 inches of rain a year, if not less. So two inches equals about 10 percent of an ANNUAL rainfall. Look back at that map again and see how widespread a 10 percent annual rainfall was!
This next map shows rain deficits tracing back to last Oct. 1 (the start of the water year, in meteorological terms) and how we’ve put a good dent into things the last few weeks. A month ago, west Texas was mired in dry conditions tracing back years. Now, with the help of recent rains, look at how (in particular the Texas panhandle) is almost average tracing back to Oct. 1, with only light yellows as opposed to darker oranges lighting up the screen:
So while we had a little of this in Norman, OK (thanks to @CoreyLambrecht for sending this great picture to us on Twitter)…
…it’s not such a bad thing.
Droughts are almost always the result of years of dry weather, but in Amarillo, TX, this year is officially on the wet side of average (barely, but stick with me here). With the latest system dumping almost three inches of rain here in Amarillo through Sunday, the city is now at 7.52″ of rain, 0.12″ over their average of 7.40″ from Jan. 1-now. It’s also worth noting that almost all of that rainfall this year has come in the last three weeks.
So while the drought in north Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas is far from over, the last month or so has seen considerable improvement as a result of two slow-moving lows dumping copious amounts of needed rainfall on the region. Have a great night, everyone!
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi