Our dry weather could make it into record books

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HOUSTON - Our dry weather the past few months is making it into the record books.

Most of Southeast Texas is either in a moderate drought or abnormally dry. Looking back at the last several months, many towns have set record low rainfall numbers.

For instance in Galveston, the time period between December and April is the driest in recorded history. Galveston received 5.62 inches of rain with April bringing in a meager 0.10 of an inch.

The southern half of our area is experiencing the brunt of the dry weather pattern. They have only received about 30 to 40 percent of their normal rainfall.

Even worse, Palacios and Angleton/Lake Jackson only received 25 percent of their average rainfall. Palacios totaled 3.90 inches of rain since December 1st (December: 0.21", January: 0.46", February: 0.90", March: 2.16", April: 0.17"). That makes this winter/early spring their driest ever.

Houston faired better, but still the lack of rainfall put the town in their 2nd driest December to April with a total of 7.33 inches.

There is some relief on the way. By the end of the week, a storm system arrives giving us a chance of rain and thunderstorms starting Thursday with the highest chances Friday.

Harris County could receive 1.50 inches of rain through Saturday morning. Areas south and east of Harris County could receive 1.25 inches.

Then folks north and west of Harris County could total up 1.50 to 1.75 inches.

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