Heavy rains could mean East Texas drought is coming to an end - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Heavy rains could mean East Texas drought is coming to an end

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A scorching summer left East Texas drought-stricken and thirsty for rain. For many last weekends wet weather came as good news. Now, many of you may be wondering if this means the drought is over.

"When we actually looked at the rainfall totals from Thursday through Sunday there we a lot areas especially in Deep East Texas that had anywhere from 6 to 8 inches of rain," says Keith Stellman with the National Weather Service.

Last weekend's showers were something some of us had nearly forgotten. Rain over last summer was scarce. The National Weather Service says the rain we received was more than just a good dose.

"Average rainfall for the month of March is about 4, maybe 4 and a quarter. Some areas in East Texas almost doubled their month totals," says Stellman.

A few good downpours doesn't mean the drought is over. Victor Murphy with the Regional Climate Center in Fort Worth tells us recent rains are a step in the right direction, but we still have a ways to go.

"I would think with April and May coming up assuming we see near average rainfall...during those months, I would see a continued, you know, slow but steady improvement in the drought across your area," says Murphy.

"And we're already seeing this on some of the lakes...particularly on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. They're beginning to fill up," says Stellman.

"Based on the rainfall we saw, I think we'll be looking at the drought pretty much erased for at least parts of East Texas," says Brad Hlozek, KTRE Chief Meteorologist.

March 10, 2012, the drought monitor rated the drought in our area as D-2, which is a mid-level drought. Thursday, the new drought monitor will be released. The National Weather Service along with the Regional Climate Center say the monitor will determine the new level of East Texas' drought.

Copyright 2012 KTRE. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Defense questions investigator in third day of Henderson trial

    Defense questions investigator in third day of Henderson trial

    Friday, September 22 2017 7:19 PM EDT2017-09-22 23:19:49 GMT
    James Henderson's defense attorney, Stanley Sokolowski, started off the third day of court by questioning the state's witness, Investigator Bill Rulland. The cross examination lasted most of the morning and even a little into the afternoon. According to Investigator Michael Molnes, with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, Sokolowski attempted to discredit Brenna Theuer's witness testimony, as well as testimony from Robert Mobley.  The trial is expected to head into closing arg...More >>
    James Henderson's defense attorney, Stanley Sokolowski, started off the third day of court by questioning the state's witness, Investigator Bill Rulland. The cross examination lasted most of the morning and even a little into the afternoon. According to Investigator Michael Molnes, with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, Sokolowski attempted to discredit Brenna Theuer's witness testimony, as well as testimony from Robert Mobley.  The trial is expected to head into closing arg...More >>
  • Tar-covered tires stick to parking lot of Lufkin tire shop

    Tar-covered tires stick to parking lot of Lufkin tire shop

    Friday, September 22 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-09-22 23:09:01 GMT
    More than a few tar-covered tires are hanging on to the parking lot of a Lufkin tire shop.  On August 31, newly laid asphalt on Loop 287 started sticking to tires of those driving, leaving many of the cars un-driveable. As of Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation hadn't come out with an official cause for the incident, but that hasn't stopped over 600 people from filing claims with them. Copyright 2017 KTRE. All rights reserved.More >>
    More than a few tar-covered tires are hanging on to the parking lot of a Lufkin tire shop.  On August 31, newly laid asphalt on Loop 287 started sticking to tires of those driving, leaving many of the cars un-driveable. As of Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation hadn't come out with an official cause for the incident, but that hasn't stopped over 600 people from filing claims with them. Copyright 2017 KTRE. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Trinity County traffic stop results in 2 felony drugs arrests. seizure of weed, codiene, other drugs

    Trinity County traffic stop results in 2 felony drugs arrests. seizure of weed, codiene, other drugs

    Friday, September 22 2017 6:19 PM EDT2017-09-22 22:19:50 GMT

    Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office made two felony drug arrests and seized marijuana, Prometh VC with codeine, hydrocodone, Alprazolam, and ecstasy after a traffic stop near the intersection of Robb and Jefferson streets late Tuesday night.

    More >>

    Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office made two felony drug arrests and seized marijuana, Prometh VC with codeine, hydrocodone, Alprazolam, and ecstasy after a traffic stop near the intersection of Robb and Jefferson streets late Tuesday night.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly