Texas State Climatologist on Record Rain and Extremes

September 2, 2016

More coming on this. Next week’s “This is Not Cool” vid will feature more from Nielsen-Gammon, Hayhoe, Trenberth, and TV Meteorologists on the difference between “weather” and “climate change”.

Dallas Morning News:

Downpours throughout Texas this month have boosted August 2016 into the record books, tying a more than century old record for rainfall.

Preliminary totals put the rainfall average at 5.69 inches statewide, tying a rainiest August record set in 1914, according to the state climatologist’s office at Texas A&M University.

The wet month was due to an atmospheric wind pattern that pumped a lot of deep, moist tropical air into the state, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said in a prepared statement.

The heaviest rain has been in East, Central and Southeast Texas, with parts of the latter getting more than 15 inches in August, he said.

But Dallas-Fort Worth saw only its 14th greatest amount of August rainfall, with 4.42 inches recorded at DFW International Airport, said meteorologist Dennis Cain with the National Weather Service.

Texas also experienced the wettest 24-month consecutive period in its history, averaging 75.25 inches of rain in the past two years, Nielsen-Gammon said.

“September and October are historically among the wettest months of the year in Texas, so if normal conditions continue, we will see several more inches of rain,” he said.

The previous record of 74.85 inches was set in 1942.



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