29th May, 2014

Drought Relief for Farmers and Ranchers! 10 Cities That Doubled Their Yearly Rainfall.

From weather.com posted May 29, 2014

Roswell, New Mexico:

The first 143 days of 2014 were very dry, with a scant 0.42 inch of rainfall — just 15 percent of the average for that period.

That changed dramatically on May 24, when 4.44 inches of rain fell. Most of that fell in a five-hour period before sunrise. There were five different non-overlapping periods (shown on the graphic above), ranging in length from 31 minutes to as little as 11 minutes, that each brought more rain than the entire year had brought before May 24.

San Angelo, Texas:

Through May 22, this had been the driest year to date in San Angelo, with just 0.85 inch of rainfall. Even a generous 0.80-inch rain on May 23 still left the city’s rainfall total dead last in the historical record.

But the torrents kept coming, with over 2 inches of rain on both May 24 and 25, and nearly 2 inches again on May 26. By the time the large-scale storm system finally moved out, San Angelo had logged 8.7 times more rain in one week than in the previous 20 weeks put together.

Including minor rainfalls earlier in the month, San Angelo’s May 2014 total of 7.75 inches (as of May 28) stands as the second-wettest May on record, behind 1987; in fact, no month on the calendar since May 1987 has been wetter than this one there.

Lubbock, Texas:

On May 21, Lubbock was suffering its third-driest year to date on record, with just 0.90 inch of rain — and it was dealing with yet another round of blowing dust as showers fell apart before reaching the city.

Fortunately, that failure wasn’t repeated in the following days; drenching downpours finally arrived, bringing the city just under 6 times as much rain in one week as it had in the first 20 weeks of 2014 combined.

Amarillo, Texas

The largest city in the Texas Panhandle had seen barely one-fifth of its average precipitation during the first 20 weeks of the year.

The week of May 21-27 was far more generous, with a pair of one-inch daily rainfalls boosting the week’s total to 3.55 inches, just over triple the amount that had fallen all year through May 20.

Clayton, New Mexico

This northeast New Mexico city, like many others on the High Plains, was suffering its driest year to date through May 20.

Then, three days of rain brought a total of 1.22 inches to the city. While this was about 2.6 times more than the entire year-to-date total previously, it still leaves Clayton with less than half its average annual rainfall as of May 28.

Hobart, Oklahoma

The dry start to 2014 in Hobart led to some wild weather early in May, with temperatures see-sawing from a record low of 33 degrees on May 1 to a record high of 103 on May 6 — the latter becoming the hottest temperature on record so early in the spring for Hobart. (Dry air and soil heat up and cool down faster than moist air and soil do.)

This southwest Oklahoma town finally got a good soaking May 23 with exactly 3 inches of rain, followed by additional periods of rain and thunderstorms in subsequent days.

In all, Hobart saw 74 percent more rain May 21-27 than it had in all of 2014 through May 20, but a 2-inch rainfall deficit remains as of May 28.

Midland, Texas

This West Texas city, well known for its oil, wasn’t doing so well with water through May 20. Only 1.32 inches had fallen, little more than one-third of average.

A torrential downpour on Sunday morning, May 25, more than doubled that total in just 79 minutes. For the first time in months, standing water was seen around the Midland-Odessa area.

Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, situated farther east than the other cities on this list, normally gets more rainfall than cities on the High Plains to its west. Its more easterly location allows it to more frequently sit in the path of moist Gulf of Mexico air as it comes north.

As a result, the 2.56 inches it had seen through May 20 — while generous compared to its western neighbors — was Wichita’s driest year to date on record.

Four consecutive days of rain May 22-25, and another shower on May 27, have boosted Wichita’s May rainfall to near average – but it’s still 5 inches behind the normal pace for the year to date.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque’s climate is a very dry one — in fact, the 2.56 inches that had made it the driest year to date on record in Wichita would have been a wetter-than-average figure for Albuquerque.

In any case, Albuquerque had only had 0.46 inch of rain through May 20 — dry even by New Mexico standards — so the 0.55 inch of rain May 21-27 was enough to double the city’s annual total.

However, New Mexico’s largest city still has less than half its average rainfall so far this year.

Garden City, Kansas

This western Kansas city of 27,000 saw 0.68 inch of rain in the first 20 weeks of 2014, making it the driest such period on record there.

The 21st week of the year — May 21-27 — also brought 0.68 inch of rain to the city, exactly doubling the city’s annual total to 1.36 inches.

Unfortunately, even that welcome rain still leaves Garden City with its driest year to date on record. The city averages 6.50 inches of rain during the first 21 weeks of the year.


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