EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - To say that this past October was very dry when it comes to rainfall is an understatement. The meager 0.30" of an inch of rain that fell at the Angelina County Airport, located just south of Lufkin, was the seventh driest October on record.
After speaking with meteorologists at the National Weather Service office in Shreveport, it turns out that the 0.30" of an inch of rain for the thirty-one day period was the driest month we have had since May of 1998. Wow! That was over fourteen years ago. I thought that with the record setting drought we endured over the past year and a half, we would have certainly had a couple of months where the monthly rainfall totals were lower. Apparently, that was not the case.
Thankfully, the combination of cooler temperatures and light winds kept a lot of the ground moisture in place.
However, the recent dry spell has led to "abnormally dry" conditions to re-appear for the southern parts of Deep East Texas. The image to the right shows the dry conditions appearing in Polk, Tyler, Jasper, and Newton counties. This does not mean a drought is imminent, but does mean that if we were to go through November with very little rainfall, a "moderate" (stage one) drought could emerge for parts of the Piney Woods.