FORT WORTH -- A storm that brought more than a half-inch of precious precipitation to North Texas on Friday generated wide smiles.
For the most part.
Matt Bishop, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said his office has been receiving calls from people desperately wanting rain.
But Friday afternoon, the phone calls were from not-so-happy campers and other sunny-weather enthusiasts.
They were worried that they would be rained out this weekend, Bishop said.
"After waiting so long for rain, they're asking us, 'When is this rain going to end?'" Bishop said. "I just can't win."
As of 11 p.m., the official recording station at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport had gotten 0.65 inch, the first measurable rain since 0.01 inch fell Aug. 30. And the skies were starting to clear.
For the year, 16.89 inches had fallen before Friday, compared with the average of 25.59 inches.
Texas is in the midst of its worst drought since the 1950s and its driest year going back to 1895. The U.S. Drought Monitor map released this month shows that none of Texas is out of drought and that more than 81 percent is in the worst category.
Bishop credited Friday's rain to a combination of a warm front (the day's high was 91) and a weak upper-level disturbance.
Today and Sunday have a less-promising chance of rain, at 20 percent.
The forecast calls for a high today in the upper 80s and a low in the lower 70s and a high Sunday around 90 and a low in the lower 70s.
Bishop counted himself among those celebrating the first measurable rain this month.
"I'm just happy for whatever we get during a dry spell," he said.
Ted Ryan, also a weather service meteorologist, said the region probably did not receive enough rain to provide major relief for lakes or trees, although drooping landscape plants may have received a slight reprieve.
"With the ongoing drought, this can't hurt, but it's not enough to help," Ryan said. "We need at least a good 2 to 3 inches to head this drought situation in the right direction."
The last significant rain had been 0.86 inch on Aug. 13. Back on June 21, a serious 2.84 inches was officially recorded.
"That was the highest one-day total for the year," Ryan said. "Anytime you get over 2 inches, that's a lot of rainfall."
This report includes material from The Associated Press
Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367