Robertson County Weather
Rain keeps on rolling
By Jared Plushnick
Since the holidays are right around the corner, we need to make sure that the weather compliments the time of year so we can feel a bit more festive. Recently, we have been in a pattern that favors crisp, cool mornings, with brilliant afternoons. Plus, at times strong cold fronts helped to generate extreme rainstorms that have washed away a significant portion of our drought.
It was not so long ago, where the entire county was placed back under an Extreme Drought. In fact from the September 3, 2013 report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, Robertson, Leon, Brazos, Madison, Burleson, and even Washington counties were all considered to be in an Extreme Drought, which is the second highest stage of drought. Since, the latest report from October 15, 2013 issued placed all of Robertson County under a Moderate Drought, the first stage of drought. In just a few weeks, major improvements took place.
Take this into consideration, through the entire month of September, Hearne Municipal Airport officially recorded, 6.89” of rain. In addition, through this point in October, another 4.42” of rain accumulated. That is a combine total of 11.31”. Nearly one foot of rain in a short period of time! If we keep this trend rolling, we will be in good shape by then end of the year.
In fact, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) released their seasonal drought outlook that extends into the end of January, 2014. Due to the influx of cold fronts, and addition of moisture from both the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean, rains will continue to occur and the latest trends indicate a potential “removal” of the current drought. Again, this is the long-term thinking and do not dictate our day to day weather, but yet trends can be our friends.
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