Record setting spring rainfall and multiple rounds of heavy rain late this fall contributed to 2015 being one of the rainiest years on record, not just for East Texas, but the state as a whole.
The Angelina County Airport, located just south of Lufkin, received 65.72 inches of rain, which made it the fourth wettest year on record.
Tyler had its wettest year on record while Longview recorded its fifth rainiest year as they accumulated 68.05 inches and 68.01 inches, respectively.
Keep in mind that we typically average around 49 inches a year for our annual rainfall. Most areas received 134 percent of its annual rainfall in 2015 and by the time we entered the summer months, many areas had already received 65-to-70 percent of the yearly rainfall.
The culprit for the rainy weather in 2015 was the presence of a strong El Nino. These warmer than normal sea surface temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific created a more active storm track over the Deep South, contributing to our enhanced rainfall and flooding events throughout the spring and fall months.
With El Nino still holding strong, we look for 2016 to get off to a fairly wet start as well as the jet stream and storm track will be in a favorable position to bring us more soaking rainfall.
As a side note, Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport received a whopping 70.03 inches of rain, making it their fifth wettest year on record. College Station had their third rainiest year in 2015, as Easterwood Airport accumulated 58.31 inches. And finally, Waco had their third rainiest calendar year on record, receiving 53.74 inches.
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