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TOP DRY PERIODS AT LUBBOCK (LBB)
PERIODS OF 40 OR MORE DAYS WITHOUT MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION RECORDED AT LUBBOCK SINCE 1911*
Rank
Total
# of
Days
Year
Precip. on Day
before Start**
Precip. On Day after End**
# of
Days
with
Trace
Avg ENSO
MEI
***
1
99
2017-2018
8 Nov (0.03")
15 Feb (0.03)
15
-0.576
 ‚Äč2 98 2005-2006 27 Oct (0.02") 3 Feb (0.03") 11 -.414
3 88 1921-1922 7 Oct (0.02") 4 Jan (0.11") 7 ?
4
76
1972
11 Feb (0.13") 
28 Apr (0.35")
6
-0.17
-
76
1955-1956
7 Nov (0.10")
23 Jan (0.01")
6
-1.70
6
75
1995
2 Oct (0.52")
17 Dec (0.45")
5
-0.47
7
73
1973-1974
27 Oct (0.27")
9 Jan (0.08")
17
-1.80
8
72
2010-2011
12 Nov (0.07")
24 Jan (0.01")
4
 -1.5625
9
69
1989
22 Sep (0.11")
1 Dec (0.09")
2
-0.18
10 67 1956 10 Feb (0.01') 18 Apr (0.19") 6 -1.32
11 64 1954 7 Oct (0.03") 11 Dec (0.49") 5 -1.18
- 64 1955 15 Jan (0.07") 21 Mar (0.03") 10 -0.92
13
61 
2003-2004
14 Nov (0.15")
15 Jan (0.24")
5
+0.40
14 
59
1925
21 Feb (0.02")
22 Apr (0.05")
2
?
- 59 1992 19 Sep (0.10") 18 Nov (0.31") 5 +0.59
16 
58
1950
12 Feb (0.02")
12 Apr (0.37")
6
-1.20
-
58
2000
8 Aug (0.01")
6 Oct (0.03")
3
-0.23
18
56
2003
26 Jun (1.23")
22 Aug (0.12")
5
+0.06
19
55
1917-1918
16 Nov (0.01")
11 Jan (0.35")
3
?
20
53
1985-1986
13 Dec (0.02")
5 Feb (0.31")
2
-0.51
- 53 2011 11 May (0.22") 4 Jul (0.01") 2 -0.13
22
52
1933
1 Mar (0.02")
23 Apr (0.06")
2
?
-
52
1954
10 Jan (0.06")
4 Mar (0.04")
8
+0.02
-
52
1916
30 Jan (0.02")
23 Mar (0.11")
3
?
25
50
1956
29 Oct (0.33")
19 Dec (0.30")
5
-1.20
-
50
1948
4 Nov (0.03")
25 Dec (0.37")
6
?
- 50 1928 17 Feb (0.11") 8 Apr (0.10") 4 ?
28
49
1923-1924
22 Dec (0.01")
10 Feb (0.09")
3
?
-
49
1939
9 Oct (0.02")
28 Nov (0.11")
5
?
- 
49
1998-1999
3 Dec (0.26")
22 Jan (0.14")
7
-1.23
- 49 1936 7 Jul (0.52") 26 Aug (0.13") 4 ?
32 48 1970-1971 20 Dec (0.08") 7 Feb (0.01") 1 -1.38
33
47
1922
2 Jul (0.41")
19 Aug (0.08")
3
?
-
47
1940
17 Feb (1.17")
5 Apr (1.35")
4
?
- 47 1968-1969 27 Dec (0.03") 13 Feb (0.30") 7 0.83
- 47 1934 6 Jul (0.42") 23 Aug (0.03") 6 ?
- 47 1927 18 Apr (0.15") 5 Jun (0.05") 7 ?
38 46 2007-2008 15 Dec (0.06") 31 Jan (0.07") 5 +0.37
-
46
1969-1970
30 Dec (0.02")
15 Feb (0.04")
7
+0.35
40
45
1922-1923 6 Dec (0.05") 21 Jan (0.24") 0 ?
- 45 1946 12 Jul (0.15") 27 Aug (0.22") 9 ?
-
45
1960
18 Oct (0.50")
3 Dec (0.01")
2
-0.39
-
45
1980
11 Jun (0.24")
27 Jul (0.20")
5
+0.86
44 44 1959 21 Feb (0.02") 7 Apr (1.06") 7 +0.25
-
44 1966 17 Sep (0.18") 1 Nov (0.05") 4 -0.33
- 44 1912 5 Jan (0.02") 19 Feb (0.03") 7 ?
- 44 1932 25 Oct (0.56") 9 Dec (0.22") 5 ?
48 43 2013 25 Feb (0.34") 10 Apr (0.04") 4 +0.03
- 43 1971 2 Mar (0.21") 15 Apr (0.88") 1 -1.87
 
NOTES:

* - The location of Lubbock's rainfall observations has changed several times since 1911.

** - In some cases, precipitation amounts less than a few hundredths of an inch broke the string of dry days.  A criterion of a more significant precipitation total (such as 0.10" or  0.25" for example) might be useful. A page with the record stretches at Lubbock with less than 0.10" can be FOUND HERE.

*** - The ENSO MEI, or El Nino/Southern Oscillation Multivariate ENSO Index is a convenient way to characterize the ENSO phase.  The index takes into account six atmospheric variables observed over the tropical Pacific Ocean.  Values typically range from +2.0 to -2.0.  A positive value signifies the El Nino, or warm phase and a negative value signifies La Nina or cool phase.  ENSO phases are know to have long-term climate effects in the Southern United States.  For example, studies have shown that El Nino winters are statistically warmer and wetter than average while La Nina winters are cooler.  For more information on ENSO, please visit the website: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/MJO/enso.shtml