Small rain not enough to break drought
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 9:53 AM
The Lone Star State can't seem to stay out of the heat.
In a new
drought report by the Texas Water Development Board, the state is
seeing increasingly worsening conditions that now affect two thirds of
About 25 percent of the state is suffering under
"extreme" or "worse" drought conditions and two-thirds of Texas suffers
from "moderate" or "worse" drought conditions.
Just four months ago, 46 percent of the state was dry enough to qualify as undergoing at least a "moderate" drought.
The figure has now risen to 67 percent.
Much of the state has seen less than 50 percent of normal rainfall.
the first time in several weeks, precipitation was seen within the
Brownfield city limits and other portions of Terry County, as passing
clouds made their way through the West Texas region Sunday and Monday
The briefly passing storm clouds, however, produced
just a trace amount of rainfall Monday-- observed on wet sidewalks and
windshields -- and failed to register official rainfall totals according
to both the National Weather Service and Texas Tech University Mesonet
weather monitoring systems.
The quick Sunday shower was measured as 4/100ths of an inch in Brownfield.
The paltry amount brought the city's total rainfall thus far in 2014 to .62 inches, still well below historic averages.
Rain was spotty across much of the South Plains and Permian Basin in the system.
to NWS tabulations on Tuesday morning, 0.04 inches of precipitation was
reported in Wink while Odessa's Schlemeyer Field airport reported 0.02
inches of rainfall.
Officials with the Midland International Airport, according to NWS reports, saw a trace amount of rainfall Monday.
the "official" totals observed on Monday, passing storms within the
state caused some power outages and damaged some power poles.
to the Odessa American on Tuesday morning, roughly 1,100 ONCOR electric
customers lost power after high winds caused damage to nine power poles
across the city.
Later Monday evening, residents in the Austin
area experienced similar outages as storm clouds pushed their way into
the Texas Hill Country region.
According to the Associated Press,
Austin Energy on Tuesday reported about 1,700 customers still without
power following the bad weather.
The utility had about 12,000
outages Monday night as Austin-area storms brought down branches and
caused some scaffolding to collapse at a construction site.
Austin police and the Travis County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday had no immediate reports of weather-related injuries.
There were no storm-related issues in Terry County, according to local officials.
small amounts were nowhere near enough to break the area's protracted
drought, which is slowly taking a toll on the state's reservoirs.
By the end of March, storage levels were 472,740 acre-feet less than the same month last year.
Meredith, north of Amarillo, which for decades supplied Brownfield and
other member cities of the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority with
drinking water is dry.
The lake was designed with a storage capacity of 779,556 acre-feet of water.
In 1995, its level was 337,800 acre-feet.
At the end of march, its available acre-feet was listed as zero.
CRMWA has been pumping water exclusively from wells in Roberts County for the last few years.