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Weather Blog: Glass half empty

by Gene Norman / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:39 PM

While I was out at the Festa Italiana today, a lot of people had smiles because of the great weather (and the great food).  However, there were occasionally some folks who told me that while today was fantastic, they wondered when we'd next see rain.  We've been in a steadily deepening drought since last October.  Last Sunday's deluge was mildly helpful, but we need a whole lot more to reduce these staggering deficits:

The drought gripping the entire state has eased a bit across north Texas with recent rains there, but all of southeast Texas continues to be classified as being in an exceptional drought:

Rain continues to elude us due to the persistent La Niña weather pattern.  That pattern results in high pressure in the center of the country blocking the advance of west coast systems.

By early next week, a cool front will move in delivering colder Canadian air from the Rockies through Texas.  There might be enough moisture coming from the Gulf to allow isolated showers to develop late Monday into Tuesday, followed by our coolest weather this month.  After that front, I don't see another rain chance for at least another week.

So yes, enjoy this weekend's weather, but keep in mind the price we pay for these spectacular days.

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