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    Beneficial Rain Helps Ease Texas Drought

    By By Bill Deger, Meteorologist
    December 05, 2011, 4:16:18 AM EST

    Lone Star state residents are experiencing a weather phenomenon some thought over the summer they'd never see again.

    Moderate to heavy rain, along with a few rumbles of thunder, will continuing to drench much of central and northern Texas for the remainder of the weekend as waves of energy and moisture ride along a stalled out frontal boundary.

    Already 1 to 2 inches has fallen in many Texas rain gauges, with Arlington, Cleburne, Dallas and Paris all north of an inch of rain with more to come.

    Another inch or two is likely through early Monday in cities mainly confined to the northeastern part of the state including Dallas-Fort Worth, Denton, Waco and even approaching the Austin area.

    More scattered showers and storms will rumble through the Gulf coast area as well, lasting through Monday.

    Farther north, a continuous band of heavier rain will set up farther north and east from Arkansas into the Mississippi Valley, raising concerns for flooding among residents there.

    Conversely, the feeling about the rain across Texas couldn't be any different. After sorely lacking in the rain department for much of the year, in addition to dealing with numerous destructive wildfires, Texans are welcoming Mother Nature's deluge.


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