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The Effects of Recent Rain

The yellow city's been looking a lot greener lately.
The yellow city's been looking a lot greener lately.

A rainy June dampened much of the high plains.

But has the much needed moisture even put a dent in the Texas Panhandle's severe drought.

Our area has been severely impacted by a drought since 2011. 

Up until recently, a good rain was about as rare as predictable weather here in the Texas Panhandle.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Justyn Jackson says, "the drought has actually decreased through much of the area, especially if you go across the southwestern part of the Texas Panhandle. Hereford, Tulia, Friona, those areas have seen quiet a bit of improvement. "

Jackson says an average amount of rain per year is about 22 inches.

The recent rain has certainly helped us to get closer to that number, but we're barely in the green.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Justyn Jackson says, "for example here in Amarillo, we've had about ten inches of rain, just a little over ten inches of rain for the year.  However, we are still just barely above normal.  In fact, we're only a tenth of an inch above normal."

But if you look to the north and east, near Borger, Jackson says they are six inches below normal.

As far as what the future looks like when it comes to rain, Chief Meteorologist John Harris says we are entering monsoon season.

He says, "monsoon is something that the mountain states love to see. That's where they get a lot of their moisture.  But sometimes that monsoon will swing a little further east and effect the panhandle. So we can get some decent rainfall from that."

He also says the chance of El Nino this year is at least 70%, Which could mean more rain all around the high plains.

We still have 8 burn bans in affect in our viewing area, but Chief Meteorologist John Harris tells us Lake Meredith is above 40 feet for the first time in years.

"That's a good sign that the drought is trying to wind down.  Now will it completely?  Only time will tell.  At least this is in the right direction," says Chief Meteorologist John Harris.

This current drought took a turn for the worse back in 2011 with widespread wildfires.

Chief Meteorologist John Harris tells us, we've actually seen more rain up to this point than we did for that entire year.

According to the National Weather Service, the six consecutive days of rainfall we saw in late May was actually our third longest stretch of consecutive days of rainfall here in Amarillo since 1880.

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