After 94 days with no "meaningful" rainfall, about 4.3 inches of precipitation fell on Stephenville Saturday, according to E-T weather watcher Dr. Stuart Chilton.
The National Weather Service confirmed Stephenville's rainfall and reported Dublin received 1.82 inches while De Leon measured 3.4 inches. The last measurable precipitation in Erath County was July 28 with 11 hundredths of an inch and 37 hundredths on May 22.
"Realistically it's been since May 12 that [Erath County] has had any meaningful rainfall," said NWS meteorologist Mark Fox.
Saturday's precipitation marked the first time Erath County has received above average rainfall since last September.
While the rain was welcome, it didn't offer much relief to the drought.
"That's all wonderful, but the bottom line is it's still not enough to get us out of the drought," Erath County Volunteer Fire and Rescue coordinator Chris Gable said.
The burn ban remains in affect and county commissioners are not expected to lift the ban until the drought has come to an end, Gable added.
"In the short term, the rainfall will help moisten the grass and soil but will not reduce the fire danger," Fox said. "It's not going to have any long term change in the ongoing drought."