Wet weather here for a few days
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 4:51 PM
Brownfield residents awoke to wet sidewalks and cool air Tuesday morning after overnight showers dropped just under a quarter inch of moisture across the city.
The Lubbock office of the National Weather Serviec reported .23 inches of rain in Brownfield, with heavier amounts recorded farther north in the Panhandle.
About an inch was received near Plainview with almost an inch and a half reported in Amarillo.
If weather models provided by the NWS prove true, there could be more of the wet stuff headed this way.
Meteorologists were tracking a weather system parked over Montana on Tuesday as it moved southeast across the Great Plains and into West Texas.
Just how far south it tracks will determine how much rain is received locally.
If the system moves across the far northeastern corner of the South Plains, it will result in lower chances and totals in Terry County.
If it tracks father west, it will increase rain chances for almost all of the South Plains, Brownfield and Terry County included.
Additional rain totals would add to the more than 10 inches of rain received locally so far in 2014, a far cry more than in recent years as the area claws its way out of one of the worst droughts in history.
On Tuesday, the county’s average rating on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index was 280, several hundred points lower than during the driest days of the drought.
The drought index is based on a daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture.
The drought index ranges from 0 to 800, where a drought index of 0 represents no moisture depletion, and an index of 800 represents absolutely dry conditions.
Rain chances of around 30 percent were forecast through Thursday and temperatures are expected to cool until the weekend when they rise back to a high of 98 on Saturday.