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    No Relief In Sight For Drought-Stricken Texas

    By By Brian Edwards, Meteorologist
    August 02, 2011, 7:26:04 AM EDT

    Don has dissipated without bringing any meaningful rainfall to drought-stricken areas of Texas.

    This spells bad news for much of the state as a hot and dry pattern is expected to persist through at least next weekend.

    With no help from Don, much of the state remains in extreme to exceptional drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Many areas have only received 20-30% or less of their normal rainfall for the year.

    Rainfall deficits in some areas are running upwards of 20 inches for the year thus far. The chart below shows the rainfall deficit for selected cities through July 29th.

    City Actual Precip. Since Jan. 1 Normal Precip. Since Jan. 1 Rainfall Deficit
    Houston 9.94" 27.10" -17.16"
    Austin 7.95" 19.22" -11.27"
    Waco 11.03" 19.45" -8.42"
    San Antonio 6.55" 18.83" -12.28"

    Dallas, Texas was expected to have enough cloud cover and moisture to finally break their streak of consecutive 100+ degree days. This didn't come to fruition, and the streak is at 30 days and counting.

    The forecast doesn't improve over the week as a large bubble of high pressure aloft shifts into the Central Plains.

    Underneath this bubble, residents from Oklahoma City to Dallas to Austin and Midland will continue to bake underneath plenty of sunshine and triple digit temperatures.


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    For this pattern to break, a significant tropical system needs to push into Texas and send moisture throughout the state. Unfortunately that doesn't appear to be in the cards anytime soon.

    AccuWeather.com Meteorologists are watching a tropical wave which could develop into Emily over the next day or two.

    While residents of Texas are wishing some of that moisture could track into the state this week, it appears at the present time that this feature will track west-northwest into the Caribbean Islands. Beyond that, the majority of forecasts take it on a more northerly track into the western Atlantic Ocean potentially bringing some impacts to a portion of the East Coast.

    That remains to be seen though as any shift or tweak in the upper level pattern could mean an entirely different solution depending on how strong this feature becomes.

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