August above monthly rain average, more needed

Reported by: Matt Ernst
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Updated: 8/31/2012 10:39 am
August finishes with 2.91" of rain. This is an inch above the monthly average. While things are getting better we still have a deficit of 4.58 from the year-to-date average, now at 8.42 with the average about 13".

The last time a month was above the average was December 2011. We had 1.52" of precipitation then, which was 0.76" above the average. It should be noted these are the official records, kept at Lubbock's airport. Some of you in southwest Lubbock County went above average for the month in probably an hour or two back on April 29. That supercell didn't move over the airport's rain gauge.

Last time we were an inch or more above average for monthly precip was July 2010. You probably remember that flooded Fourth of July, that month totaled 7.14", which was 5.01" above the average.

The latest drought monitor, released Tuesday, shows parts of Parmer, Bailey, Lamb, Cochran and Hockley counties still in the worst D4 exceptional drought state. That said, I've also seen some flood video in the past few weeks from around Baileyboro and Circleback in Bailey County from Channel 6 Muleshoe. There have been some good downpours northwest of Lubbock and more is needed.


The D3 extreme drought status runs from Yoakum and Terry counties across NW Lubbock over toward Paducah. Click here - for a larger look at the Drought Monitor website.

Most long-term outlooks show an El Nino fall/winter, which typically supports above-average precipitation. Of course, the winter is a relatively dry time here on average. Every La Nina and every El Nino is different, we'll have to wait and see what does happen. At this point we do feel better about precipitation heading into later this year and early next.
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