Lack of rain leading to a dry spring for the books

Posted Monday, May. 13, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The unusually cool weather this spring has helped mask a more troubling trend — North Texas desperately needs some rain.

Through Sunday, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport has recorded 4.49 inches since March 1. That’s 3.97 inches below normal and would rank as the fourth-driest spring on record if the area got no more rain the rest of the month. The National Weather Service considers spring as March 1 through May 31.

“Hopefully, we’ll get some rain before the end of the month,” weather service meteorologist Nick Hampshire said. “We do have some more chances this week but it doesn’t look like it’s going to bring much precipitation.”

Like recent rounds of rain, neither of this week’s weather systems looks like anything close to a drought-breaker.

There’s a 40 percent chance of rain Tuesday and a 50 percent chance Wednesday. Another slight chance of rain is expected over the weekend.

While this has been an unusually cool spring, warmer weather is on the way.

Waco set another record low of 47 degrees Monday morning, but that is probably the last time those temperatures will be seen around this part of Texas until fall.

Much higher temperatures are headed this way with a high reaching the upper 80s Tuesday before dropping back into the upper 70s on Wednesday. By Saturday, temperatures will be close to 90, which may signal the end of this spring’s unusually cool weather.

“I think we’re pretty much done with that now,” Hampshire said.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698 Twitter: @fwhanna

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