Hoping April showers arrive: Outlook for rainfall is not promising

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Even though North Texas saw rain some in March, it did little to improve the drought across North Texas.

Since Jan. 1, only 2.19 inches of precipitation has fallen at DFW Airport, making this the 8th driest start to a year on record through March 31.

Most of the rain that has fallen came during March when DFW Airport recorded 1.45 inches. That was about two inches below normal, ranking it as the 35th driest March on record.

This week is looking more like typical spring weather with several chances of storms and severe weather.

“I know there are a lot of events this weekend but we really need some rainfall,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Ted Ryan.

But Ryan warned the showers may be like what the area saw in March, where some got rain while others were left with nothing at all.

The chances of rain begin Tuesday night and run through Thursday.

“We're going to have several shots of rain this week, but it will be scattered,” Ryan said. “It could range from over an inch to zero. The weather Wednesday and Thursday does have the potential to be severe.”

Forecasters are also waiting to see what this happens this weekend. The two main computer models are in disagreement over whether the region will see significant rainfall.

“It's just hard to say if anything is going to materialize,” Ryan said

While rain would pose problems for the Final Four in Arlington, races at Texas Motor Speedway and free outdoor concerts in Dallas, Ryan said it may be the last chance at rain for awhile.

The longer-range forecast models this month are predicting dry weather.

“I'm not too terribly impressed with what happens with the main weather pattern through mid-April,” Ryan said. “It looks like it's going to be dry and quiet after this weekend.”

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

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