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Monday, November 13, 2000
Rainfall goes over year-to-date
DALLAS (AP) North Texas officially
caught up with its year-to-date rainfall average early Sunday,
logging more than 30 inches so far in 2000. But more than one
average year is needed to make up for several years of drought,
National Weather Service meteorologists said.
Just under an inch of rain had fallen by
Sunday afternoon in most of North Texas, said meteorologist Mark
Fox of the Fort Worth weather station. He said lakes and reservoirs
will need more to recharge than the light rain that peppered the
Dallas-Fort Worth-area, following storms and snowfall earlier
We are still so far behind we need
more rain than this to make a few dents in it, Fox said.
It would take a pretty general rain, say a 3- to 5-inch
rain over every square inch of North Texas for several days, to
make a difference in the reservoirs.
That is because North Texas is still suffering
from several years of drought, with last year's rainfall 10 inches
below the normal annual rainfall of 33.7 inches, he said. The
average rainfall through Nov. 12 is 30.52 inches. By mid-afternoon
Sunday, 31.02 inches had fallen, Fox said.
We are still trying to make up for
lost time, Fox said.
Between a quarter and a half inch fell between
5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday, he said. Sunday's rains were caused
by a combination of moisture in the air and a cold front, he said.
Scattered rain and lows of 32 degrees were
expected late Sunday and early Monday, he said.
Last week, snow fell in the Dallas-Fort
Worth area, creating icy bridges northwest of Dallas where at
least an inch of snow fell.
In Abilene, 3 to 5 inches of snow fell,
causing a delay in classes and several minor traffic accidents,
while as much as 9 inches blanketed parts of the Panhandle.
In the first week of November, the state
was pummeled by four days of heavy rains and strong winds, resulting
in flooding that claimed six lives.
A record 24-hour rainfall was set at DFW
International Airport earlier this month, when 2.14 inches of
rain surpassed the earlier mark of 1.59 inches set in 1957.
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