It’s been a very wet March so far

March 20, 2008 at 4:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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DFW Airport reported 2.35 inches of rain on March 18. That was an all-time record for the date. And an additional 0.32″fell after midnight, into the early morning of the 19th. So DFW’s total rainfall was 2.67″. That’s pretty impressive.

But much of Dallas, Collin, Fannin, Ellis, western Hunt and northern Hill Counties had twice as much rain. Those counties had 4.5 to 6.5 inches of rain.

But the 2.67″ total at DFW is what goes into the record books. So for the first 20 days of March, DFW has now received 5.96″ of rain. And that means this now ranks as the 6th wettest March ever. Here are the records:

1. 2002 7.39″
2. 1995 6.69″
3. 1968 6.39″
4. 1979 6.33″
5. 1945 6.19″
6. 2008 5.96″

And we still have 10 days left in this month to add to our total. We expect another round of thunderstorms late Saturday night into Sunday morning. That means we should climb higher on the list of rainiest Marches.

Of course, from October through February, it had been very dry across Texas. Nearly 200 counties were under Burn Bans. And grassfires and brushfires were spreading rapidly in many areas. But after the recent rains, and the green-up from the onset of spring, many of those county burn bans have been lifted. Here is a link to a map showing the burn bans that still remain in effect: http://tfsfrp.tamu.edu/wildfires/DecBan.png

burn-ban-map.png

CLICK ON THE MAP TO SEE THE IMAGE FULL SIZE

Another reminder: Spring began today at 12:48 am. And the Spring season is usually our stormiest time of the year. Our greatest threat for severe thunderstorms occurs from mid March into mid June. We will have a lot more on those threats tonight at 6:30 pm on our annual special, Tracking Texas Weather. I hope you can watch.

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