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A band of light rain showers along I-35/35W is moving towards the northeast quickly. These showers are light, with rain rates of generally less than one-tenth of an inch per hour. Temperatures in this area are above freezing.
It will be cloudy and cold today. Freezing drizzle, freezing rain, sleet and thunderstorms will occur this morning along and west of a Killeen to Weatherford to Bonham line. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect along and northwest of a Goldthwaite to Glen Rose to Weatherford to Bonham line where travel will be hazardous. Otherwise, expect showers and thunderstorms today with highs in the mid 30s northwest to the mid 50s southeast. Winds will be northerly at 5 to 10 mph.
It will remain cloudy tonight with scattered to numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms. Locally heavy rain is possible that would result in flooding. Lows will be in the lower 30s northwest to the upper 40s southeast. Winds will be light and variable.
It will be cloudy and not as cool Friday with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms. Locally heavy rain may lead to some flooding. Highs will range from around 50 degrees northwest to the lower 70s southeast.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected Saturday as a cold front moves through the region. Some severe thunderstorms will be possible along and east of the I-35 corridor as a squall line moves east across North and Central Texas. Damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes will be possible. In addition, heavy rain may lead to flash flooding.
Join us Thursday, February 22nd, for our SKYWARN class in Greenville, Texas (Hunt County) at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center. We will be hosting the basic session from 6 to 8 PM. All SKYWARN classes are free and open to all ages. No registration is required!
Join us Thursday, February 22nd, for our SKYWARN class in Fairfield, Texas (Freestone County) at the Civic Center on the Fairgrounds on US Highway 84. We will be hosting the basic session from 6 to 8 PM. All SKYWARN classes are free and open to all ages. No registration is required!

 
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March 2011 Review

 

The warm weather during the latter half of February continued largely unabated during March.  At DFW Airport, there were 19 days during the month with highs in the 70s or 80s.  Waco reached a record high of 94°F on March 26, Waco's first 90-degree day of the year.  Despite an unseasonably cool conclusion to the month, there were only a handful of below normal days in March.  Both DFW and Waco ended the month 4 degrees above normal. 

 

 DFW Temps - March 2011          Waco Temps - March 2011

 

Some areas east of I-35 picked up a half-inch or more of rainfall during March, but many areas saw little or no measurable precipitation the entire month.  The image below shows estimated precipitation for the month of March.

 

March 2011 Precipitation

March 2011 Precipitation

 

For both DFW and Waco, March 2011 ranks among the driest on record.  It was the driest March since 1925 in Dallas/Fort Worth and the driest since 1972 at Waco.

Dallas/Fort Worth
Lowest Precipitation Totals
for March
Rank Precipitation Year
1 0.02 1925
2 0.07 2011
3 0.10 1972
4 0.11 1956
5 0.32 1899
6 0.34 1971
7 0.40 1940
8 0.41 1909
9 0.48 1963
10
(tie)
0.63 1936
0.63 1932
Waco
Lowest Precipitation Totals
for March
Rank Precipitation Year
1 T 1925
2 0.04 1956
3 0.09 1972
4 0.15 2011
5 0.16 1950
6 0.22 1959
7 0.28 1916
8 0.37 1940
9 0.43 1986
10 0.61 1974

 

March 2011 Precipitation
Location Precipitation Normal Departure
DFW Airport 0.07 3.06 -2.99
Waco 0.15 2.48 -2.33
Dallas Love Field 0.28 3.13 -2.85
Fort Worth Meacham 0.09    
Dallas Executive 0.04    
Fort Worth Alliance 0.10    
Arlington 0.01 3.18 -3.17
Denton 0.12 2.82 -2.70
McKinney 0.26 3.37 -3.11
Terrell 0.76 3.30 -2.54
Corsicana 0.08 3.34 -3.26
Mineral Wells 0.05 2.69 -2.64

 

6-Month Precipitation (October 1, 2010 - March 31, 2011)
Location Precipitation Normal Departure % of Normal
DFW Airport 7.30 16.58 -9.28 44
Waco 8.48 15.85 -7.37 54
Dallas Love Field 8.39 17.12 -8.73 49
Fort Worth Meacham 6.15      
Dallas Executive 7.50      
Fort Worth Alliance 6.59      
Arlington 8.42 17.75 -9.33 47
Denton 6.92 17.65 -10.73 39
McKinney 9.67 19.90 -10.23 49
Terrell 12.58 21.32 -8,74 59
Corsicana 11.29 20.17 -8.88 56
Mineral Wells 3.52 13.81 -10.29 25

 

 

 

Precipitation deficits have been mounting since Tropical Storm Hermine in September.  Much of North Texas has received less than half of normal precipitation during the last six months.  Mineral Wells' 3.52" is only 25% of normal.

 

The image below shows estimated precipitation deficits since October 1, 2010.  Much of North and Central Texas are more than 8 inches below normal with 6-month deficits over 12 inches in portions of East Texas.

6-Month Precipitation Deficits (October 2010 - March 2011)

6-Month Precipitation Deficits (October 2010 - March 2011)

 

 

Drought continues to intensify across the region.  For the first time in 2 years, the entire state of Texas is classified as at least abnormally dry.  Almost 95% of the state has some drought classification.  The extent of extreme drought statewide has not been matched since 2006.

For more information about the ongoing drought across North Texas, see our Drought Information Statement.

 

 

 U.S. Drought Monitor - March 29, 2011