May 27, 2014

DFW misses out on soaking rains

Areas west and southwest of DFW saw the most rain.

While some parts of the state got much-needed rains, the DFW area didn’t see any deluges in the latest round of storms that rumbled through the area early Tuesday morning.

Twenty-four hour rainfall totals from 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday were generally less than half an inch across Tarrant County. The exceptions were across northwest Tarrant County where Newark reported 0.64, Lakeside 0.55 and Eagle Mountain Lake 0.52. Just across the county line in northeastern Parker County, Springtown recorded 1.41 inches.

“We’ve got some more rain chances but they're starting to wane actually. We probably did miss the bulk of the big rain,” said Tom Bradshaw, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service Fort Worth office.

North Texas will get another shot at rain later Tuesday with most rainfall totals expected to be less than an inch. The best chances will come between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

“Folks shouldn’t get their hopes up,” Bradshaw said. “It probably isn’t going to be too substantial, but a few folks might get lucky.”

Some areas of the state did see beneficial rains over the weekend, especially west and southwest of Fort Worth.

“The Panhandle, the South Plains, Concho Valley Permian Basin really needed it and they did get some good rain,” Bradshaw said. “Lampasas, Brownwood, Killeen all saw good rains. But we were really hoping more of that heavier rain would veer northward overnight.”

In West Texas, Midland-Odessa and San Angelo, where as much as 6 inches of rain fell, were big winners. While it was helping put rain back into reservoirs that were extremely low or almost dry, it still wasn’t enough to end the drought.

“San Angelo really lucked out,” Bradshaw said.

Locally, DFW Airport did see nearly 2 inches of rainfall Saturday as has seen 2.13 inches of rain since Friday.

That is still not enough to make much of a dent in the drought.

Since Jan. 1, DFW Airport is still 8.35 inches below normal, making it the sixth-driest start to the year on record.

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