Rain Welcome, But North Texas Drought Continues

Alan Scaia
July 31, 2018 - 7:46 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Some parts of North Texas received about half an inch of rain over the past two days, but other areas stayed dry.

Officially, DFW Airport received .05 inches of rain on Monday. DFW Airport has received about four inches of rain since April.

KRLD Chief Meteorologist Dan Brounoff says that is the second driest spring on record for North Texas. "Things are getting worse right now," he says. "Not just here but all the way up the 287 corridor and into the Panhandle that's been suffering from a long, extended drought."

The US Drought Monitor says seventy five percent of the state is drier than usual. At the end of July last year, just twenty five percent was in some stage of drought.

Parts of North Texas and the Panhandle are in "Severe" or "Extreme" drought.

Brounoff says El Nino is developing in the Pacific, where water is getting warmer than usual. El Nino often brings cooler and wetter conditions to Texas.​

"If everything pans out, we could see more precipitation building, especially end of December and into January and February," Brounoff says.