The Haves and Have Nots: Some Texomans Receive Short-Term Drought Relief, While Others Do Not

For some, it may be hard to believe that Texoma received any meaningful rainfall over the past few days.
The upper-level storm system responsible for bringing rain to portions of Texoma has left a classic tale of
the haves and have nots in its wake.

The Haves: Rainfall totals between May 23-May 27

Childress - 3.82 in. Altus - 3.59 in. Tipton - 3.62 in. Frederick – 0.93 in. Lawton – 0.79 inches.

The Have Nots: Rainfall totals between May 23-May 27

Areas further east struggled to get in on the heavy rain action.
Wichita Falls - 0.31 in.  Bowie - 0.27 in. Graham – 0.01 in.

A close-up view of Texoma in the image above shows widespread 3 to 4 inch radar rainfall estimates over Childress,
Cottle, Hardeman, Foard, Knox, Jackson, and western portions of Tillman and Wilbarger counties.
Areas of western Wichita County picked up anywhere between 0.5 to 1 inch of rain. Radar estimates
show isolated spots over Clay and Montague Counties picked up between 1 and 2 inches as well as locations in
Throckmorton County and western Young County.

Did it help? Click Page 2 to continue. 
Did it Help?

As far as short term impacts of drought go, yes, the recent rains did help restore moisture to the soil
and temporarily lower fire danger for some locations. 

The latest US Drought Monitor shows some improvement in drought conditions over western portions
of Texoma. The biggest improvements were seen where drought conditions improved from exceptional
to extreme over Childress, Northern Cottle, Central Hardeman, northern Foard, central Jackson, western
Tillman counties.

Improvement was also seen in portions of the Texas panhandle and southwest Texas.

However, these improvements are only short term. Much more rain is needed in order to reverse the impacts
of the multi-year drought in Texoma. 

What about lake levels? Click Page 3 to continue. 
What About Lakes Levels?

According to the Texas Water Development Board, Lake Arrowhead rose from 22.8% capacity
last week to 23.5% as of May 30th. Lake Kickapoo dropped from 28.9% last week to 28.2% as of May 30th.
Lake Kemp rose from 21.1% to 23.4% as of May 30th.

Click for updated lake levels daily

No Relief in the Near Future

Unfortunately, the forecast does not call for any heavy rain in the near future. May and June are typically 
Texoma's wettest months. So far, Wichita Falls is already 6.2 inches of rain below normal for the year. 

Meteorologist Eric Jeansonne

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