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Weather Blog: Are we done with drought?

Weather Blog: Are we done with drought?

by Gene Norman / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 11:46 AM

The two questions I'm most asked are: is the drought over and what's going on with lake levels?  There's good news on both fronts after the drenching we received from Thursday through Sunday.  March isn't even half-over and already, we've seen over 4" of rain.  For the year, our 15.78" makes this the fourth wettest start to a year.  That's more than double what we had this same time last year and well above the average in a typical year:

Not only that, but according to the National Weather Service, it took us 304 days to rack up that amount of rain in the drought year of 2011!  In other words, we didn't see 15.78" in the rain bucket until November 8th, 2011. 

As for lake levels, there's encouraging news there as well.  Lake Houston is just a foot below its full pool and Lake Livingston is a foot above.  Lake Conroe is making up for having to "donate" some of its water to Lake Houston, but recent rains are more than making up for it:

Since the beginning of March, the level rose over 2 feet, thanks in part to the late month dousing and this past weekend's heavy rains helped it rise another foot. 

We'll know more about the state of the drought when the weekly drought report comes out Thursday, but I expect most of the counties in Southeast Texas will be classified as in "dry" or "moderate" drought status.

On a positive note, the rain has washed a lot of the pollen out of the air, however, they'll likely go back up with muggy, warm weather this week.  Oh, and don't forget - lots of rain likely means a bumper crop of mosquitoes in the coming days.

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