Our Gulf Coast neighbors to our east are enduring wildfires similar to what plagued us in Texas last Spring. We currently enjoy a 7" surplus, but a lack of rain, warm weather and an errant lightning strike late last week sparked the fire seen from space in the photo above. That fire raging in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has claimed over 25,000 acres and firefighters there aren't sure when or if it will be contained. In fact, the East Coast in general has suffered from an overall lack of rain this spring and many states are slipping into moderate or severe drought classification. Other wildfires have sparked are far north as New Jersey.
After three months with over 4" each here in Houston, we've slipped a bit. So far, April showers haven't been that plentiful. Only .21" has fallen at Bush airport and Hobby has seen nearly double that at .41". Our next rain chances come late Sunday through Tuesday, when we could pick up a half to and inch area-wide from some drenching storms that may also bring the threat of severe weather. Stay tuned.