The persistent upper level low in the Southwest US has brought welcomed rain to parts of west Texas and New Mexico this past week.
Current Abnormally Dry/Drought situation
According to the weekly drought monitor issued on May 24th, Abnormally Dry conditions were present across much of New Mexico and a small area in the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma.
While most of West Texas including the Panhandle was not categorized as abnormally dry, parts of west Texas has seen below normal precipitation in May with some areas only seeing 0.25″ (blues) to around 3″ (yellows) of rain.
This equates to around normal to 25% of normal as shown in the yellow and orange areas in the graphic below. For eastern New Mexico precipitation deficits were as low as 10% of normal, as show in the reds.
Rainfall This Past Week
Last part of May however brought welcomed rain. The rainfall continued into yesterday, June 1st, with 24 hour widespread amounts of 0.5” (greens) to pockets of 4” and 5”+ across parts of west Texas. Amounts were less in New Mexico averaging between 0.5” to 2”.
The isolated higher amounts of rain on Wednesday June 1, 2016 led to localized flooding. One of our beta testers, owner of 5W Sales, shared his view of the rain and flooding yesterday near Friona, TX which is southwest of Amarillo.
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His video and experiences are a good reminder that even after a period of dryer conditions, you can see flooding.The roads and ditches in his area were full yesterday afternoon.
This rain is welcomed for corn farmers in the Texas Panhandle as according to AgWeb on May 29, 2016, 93% of the corn plant is completed in Texas and 78% of the corn emerged. Hopefully the pockets of heavier rain will not significantly impact wheat harvest.
A dryer pattern is setting up for west Texas for the next few days. Only isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected through next Monday June 6 2016.
The team at WxIntegrations will continue to provide relevant information and resources to help you better understand and prepare by incorporating weather impacts into your planning and response.