The abundance of rainfall in recent weeks and the wet start to the new year has eliminated the drought that was in place across East Texas late last fall and earlier this winter season.
The Angelina County Airport, which is our station of record in Deep East Texas, has already received 5.65 inches of rain in January. That is 2.20 inches above normal through the first 26 days of January.
It is important to realize, however, that even though we have received copious amounts of rain, it can go the other way real quickly. We can go from feast to famine in just a matter of a couple of months if the weather pattern changes and prevents us from getting very little, if any, rainfall during the foreseeable future.
Since strong winds usually accompany many of the weather systems that sweep through East Texas, that puts us in the middle of fire weather season. If the ground soil moisture content remains adequate, then we will be in good shape. If we go for a long stretch of dry weather, then that scenario changes, and drought conditions will quickly return to our part of the state.
The bottom line is that it is not necessarily how much rain we receive in the next few months, but rather, the timeliness of it that matters more. Just getting some rain every five-to-ten days would do wonders to keep our soil moisture content replenished.
We have a nice stretch of dry weather and sun-filled skies on the horizon as we round out January and enter February. This is certainly a good thing. But you know what they say: too much of a good thing becomes a problem. Our rainfall outlook certainly fits that criteria as well.
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