You probably noticed that August seemed quite rainy, and you would be right, because according to state climatologists it was the wettest one we’ve seen in more than 100 years.
Local weather watcher Dean Jones said his year-to-date rainfall total is now up to 34.25 inches with the August amount.
“I’ve had 4.25 inches total on the west side of (Stephenville),” Jones wrote in an email. “Practically all of which fell from (August) 17th-27th. Friends on the east or south side did not get that much.”
He added that a friend in the Timber Hills area has recorded about 4 more inches of rainfall for the year.
We still have a ways to go to surpass the 2015 year-end total, which was 71.70 inches according to Jones’ record in Stephenville and 62.61 inches for the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
In an article released by Michael Graczyk with the Associated Press, climatologists address the fact that August hasn’t seen this much rain in over one century.
“Preliminary figures from the state climatologist office at Texas A&M University show Texas received an average 5.69 inches of rain statewide,” the article reads. “That’s the same amount measured in 1914, the present record holder for the month based on records that go back to 1895.”
According to John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, the next couple of months could continue to stay wet and the amount of August rainfall was most likely due to “an atmospheric wind pattern that pumped lots of deep, moist tropical air into Texas.”
Though we have seen a decent amount of rain in August, Erath County is in the 500-600 (yellow) zone of the Texas A&M Forest Service’s Keetch-Byram Drought Index. The scale runs from zero-200 (blue), no drought, all the way up to a 700-800 (red) zone, severe drought conditions. Only one county in Texas is currently in the red zone and there are 66 counties under a burn ban, primarily in the western region of the state.
According to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center there is a 55-60 percent chance for a weak La Nina going into the fall and early winter.