Coming off one of the worst droughts in state history, parts of the Lone Star state have recently been dealing with more rain than they know what to do with.
The reservoir-filling, gully-washing downpours experienced over the past three days have not only broken records, but dropped more rain in just 72 hours than was seen in all of 2011 in some locations!
"2011 was a very dry year," says AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Adam Douty.
Even factoring in the prolonged dryness, the rain totals, due in part to the remnants of Tropical Storm Norman, were impressive even if they came after such a parched calendar year.
"It was the third wettest day ever in Midland on Friday the 28th," said Douty.
Three-day rainfall totals ranged from 2 to as much as 7 inches over a large chunk of Texas, especially throughout the central and southern parts of the state.
Multi-observational estimated rainfall totals from Friday, Sept. 28, the wettest day of the storm in many areas across west-central Texas. (NOAA)
Many locations, mainly in west-central Texas, recorded less rain through all of last year:
|Location||Rain (9/27-29/2012)||Rain (2011)||Difference|
Nearly as impressive, other areas totaled a significant portion of 2011's total rainfall in just a fraction of the time:
|Location||Rain (9/27-29/2012)||Rain (2011)||% of 2011 Total|
While residents were undoubtedly happy to see the rain, will it be enough to further quell the long-term drought in the region?
A map showing drought conditions across the South. "Severe" or "exceptional" drought is highlighted in red and maroon shades. (U.S. Drought Monitor)
"I think the short-term benefits will be large by filling reservoirs and lakes," says Douty. "But to break a long-term drought, you need to have a pattern shift which would give a prolonged period of near- to above-normal rain."
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 79 percent of Texas remains in drought conditions, with the drought in a quarter of the state ranked as "severe" or "exceptional."
Even ignoring the recent heavy rain, conditions have been improving as much of Texas is averaging near to above normal in rainfall since late spring.
The AccuWeather.com Long Range forecasting team will release their full winter outlook this Wednesday, and as a preview, precipitation does look to remain above normal through at least a part of Texas through early next year.
If that is the case, 2013 could prove to be a better growing season than both 2011 and 2012.
Rain and thunderstorms will continue to cause travel delays and raise the risk of isolated flooding in parts of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada into the weekend.
A dramatic change to colder weather, and in some cases a taste of winter with snow, will take place into this weekend.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
Typhoon Haima made a second landfall in southeastern China on Friday after leaving at least 13 dead in the northern Philippines.
Damaging storms pounded the Pacific Northwest over the course of four days, while two powerful typhoons struck the Philippines within a four-day span.
Orionid meteors will streak across the night sky as the shower is set to peak late this week.
Salano's Storm prevented Spanish admiral from attacking Pensacola.
Austin, TX (1984)
$14 million damage from a severe hailstorm. (The storm covered 20 mi. x 5 mi. area.)
Winds aloft and from Hurricane Juan carried African locusts across the Atlantic to Dominica, St. Lucia, Jamaica and five other islands.