LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The month of April was generous to many East Texas communities as we received both timely and beneficial rainfall from several disturbances and spring storms.
I plotted the days in which rain accumulated at the Angelina County Airport throughout the month of April, which is our station of record in Deep East Texas.
The big airport received rain ten days out of the month and accumulated 5.69 inches, which is over two-and-a-half inches above the normal amount of three inches.
I believe that one of the most important things to evaluate when it comes to our monthly and annual rainfall surpluses and deficits is not necessarily the amount of rain we receive, but rather, the timeliness of it.
In 2015, after enduring the rainiest spring on record, we went from floods to a drought in just a matter of months as the faucet shut off in the summer months.
So far in 2017, we have not received as much rain as the past two years leading up to May, but the timeliness of it has been better and more spread out, which will be important in keeping the soil moisture content replenished. Furthermore, it will also be relevant to keep the drought away and keeping our early summer temperatures in check.