EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Earlier this evening, at 6:09 p.m. to be exact, we officially welcomed in the start of the summer season. Even though we are just beginning the summer season, I look at it from the perspective that we are only three months away until fall arrives to East Texas.
Off to a Wetter Start
As of June 20th, we have already received 24.31" of rain at the Angelina County Airport, which is just south of Lufkin. At this time last year, we had only received 14.89" of rain, which is nearly ten inches less than a year ago in the record drought of 2011.
Keep in mind that many of you have reported over 30" of rain so far in 2012. In fact, a couple of our weather watchers told me that they have already matched all of last year's rain total in just the first half of 2012.
More Moisture Keeping Things Cooler
All the rainfall we received this past winter and spring have really kept our temperatures in check so far this year.
The soil moisture has increased dramatically, making for more humid conditions, but offsetting some of the heat that would otherwise be more intense.
After doing some number crunching and research, here is how the record setting heat of 2011 has compared to 2012 so far. Through June 20th of last year (2011), we saw 44 occurrences in which the temperature had hit or exceeded the 90° mark. As of right now, we have only had that occur 30 times.
What drives home the point even further is the number of triple digit days we experienced last year versus where we are right now. At this time a year ago, we had already hit or surpassed the 100° mark ten times. So far in 2012, we have not once hit the century mark.
Yes, We Will Undergo a Heat Wave
Even though we have seen temperatures at to slightly below normal, it won't last. In fact, we will be undergoing our first little heat wave later this week and this weekend as high pressure builds in overhead. That will put an end to the rain chances and allow the heat to crank up.
There will be some hot days this year, and yes, we will probably top out over the century mark a few times as well. However, the June showers and storms will help us out and keep us much cooler this summer as we move forward into July and August.