EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - We saw below normal rainfall in 2012, as the Angelina County Airport received 43.03" on the year. The average rainfall for Lufkin and Deep East Texas in a given year is 48.95". In doing the math, that means we ended the year with a deficit of -5.92".
While that news is not so great, it should be noted that we received nearly ten inches more rain in the past calendar year than what we saw in that record setting drought year of 2011. At the end of 2011, we only had 33.77" in the rain gauge, which made it one of the driest years on record.
The first half of 2012 was wetter than normal, as we had a slight surplus at the end of June. However, the recent dry spell this past fall led to our rainfall departure go from a surplus back to a deficit.
Since rainfall often does vary from location to location, you'll be pleased to know that some of our weather watchers had much higher totals at their locations. In fact, Ruth Amos in Leggett received 49.66" at her location in Polk county, which is nearly seven inches more than what the Angelina County Airport reported. Dorothy Penney, our weather watcher in southern Rusk county, received 50.52" of rain in 2012, while Kip Miller in Central had 46.66" in his rain gauge.