EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The New Year has gotten off to a cold and wet start, which has led to winter fever setting in for some East Texans.
Our recent stretch of wet weather all got started on New Year's Day and has been quite abundant and widespread across the entire Texas Forest Country since that time.
The Angelina County Airport, located just south of Lufkin off of Highway 59, has received 5.61” of rain in just the first two weeks of the New Year. That rainfall amount has already exceeded our average rainfall for the entire month of January, which is 4.18”. That means that if the airport were not to receive another drop in the rain bucket for the rest of the month, January would still end up with a surplus of 1.43”.
The above normal rainfall and soggy weather has also had a direct influence on our cooler than normal temperatures.
Even though we have not received several hard freezes, it has still been plenty cold, even for January standards.
Dating back to January 8th, we have seen seven consecutive days in which our daytime highs only topped out in the 40's. The added cloud cover keeps us considerably colder during the day, but, in return, acts as a blanket at night and keeps temperatures from falling too drastically.
The cold, raw, and dreary January days should come as no surprise. If you recall last fall, I told you that the outlook for this 2014-2015 winter season was for cooler-than-normal and wetter-than-normal conditions. Through the first two months of the winter season, that long term prediction has certainly been spot on as Mother Nature has lived up to her reputation.
With a possible weak El-Nino setting in, it appears that the next month-and-a-half will feature more of the same: namely, wet and cold. If this holds true, then it would be safe to say that your umbrellas and heavy winter coats will continue to get in a good workout.