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Sound familiar? Heavy rain, high winds smack North Texas

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Marina only accessed by boat due to high lake level
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The Memorial Day weekend ended the way it started — soaking wet.

Severe thunderstorms moved across North Texas Monday afternoon, bringing intense lightning, high winds and heavy rains that caused some flooding.

The storms had mostly moved out of Tarrant County by 5 p.m. and there’s a slight chance of severe weather again Tuesday afternoon.

The latest round follows a nasty thunderstorm early Sunday that produced record-setting rain and two tornadoes, adding to a spring of weather superlatives not seen in North Texas in years.

Consider:

47 tornadoes have been confirmed this year in North Texas (46-county region served by the NWS office in Fort Worth), compared with two last year.

26.53 inches of rain have fallen this year at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (as of 4:30 p.m. Monday), including Sunday’s record 3.30 inches.

7.08 inches of rain fell from Jan. 1 to May 25 last year, part of a drought-ridden 2014 that saw only 21.32 inches.

11.86 inches of rain have fallen this month, the fourth-wettest May on record (No. 1 is 13.66 in 1982).

19.95 inches of rain have fallen this spring — March through May 25 — which is tied for No. 6 all-time. The record is 29.01 inches set in 1957.

96.2 percent full is the current status of Lake Bridgeport, compared with 38.3 percent a month ago. It has risen 22 feet since April 25.

18.92 feet above capacity is the current status of Grapevine Lake, where parks are flooded and all boat ramps are closed.

Lee Williams, 817-390-78400

Twitter: @leewatson

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