October weather has been unusually dry for Southeast Texas. A drought is setting the stage for a a major problem for fire fighters as wild fires are starting in greater numbers. Last week the Texas Forest Service reported over 190 wild fires in East Texas. Burn bans and the encroaching drought could put our own fire fighters on higher alert in the months to come. The major reason is that a dry forecast with limited rainfall amounts will likely continue through Fall and Winter. A La Nina weather pattern is likely to continue to reduce the overall rain for the Southern tier of the nation including Texas.
Our rain chances will likely increase next week as a weak Pacific front moves towards Southeast Texas. A cutoff low will stay over the Southwest and provide a slight chance of rain this week. If your camping in East Texas the forest service is asking visitors to be extra careful with matches, cigarettes and camp fires.
Have a safe and fun weekend !