We're sliding into the rainy season here in Central Texas. Donald Reese of Austin was wondering what is causing the storm systems to veer away from us and will this change anytime soon so we can get out of the drought.
With all the autumn rain events we put a big dent in the three year drought. Since then the rain faucet hasn't been turned on as much making the drought thrive again.
The Hill Country is under an extreme drought and the rest of the area is experiencing a moderate one.
The last five months have been drier than average. Hopefully this pattern changes because we are heading into the wettest time of the year.
During a normal spring high pressure is anchored far enough to the east and allows the storm track to be pointed at Texas and brings rain machines into area every three days.
This year the dome of high pressure has been closer to Texas forcing the storm track to the north. This keeps us at the edge of the rain zone.
Looking ahead for the next two weeks this drier pattern shows no let up. There is a good chance the storm track will bypass the area to the north.
The experts from the climate prediction center are forecasting near or slightly below average rainfall the next few months. Not enough rain to make a big difference. The drought will persist or intensify at least through late July.
Email weather questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.