Welcomed Rain Provides Little Relief From Dry Conditions

It was a welcomed sight for Denton residents as Wednesday morning at about 9 a.m. rain began to downpour in many areas throughout town.

The rain was enough to break the 40-plus day dry streak for many areas of the county, unfortunately though it only lasted about 20 minutes to a half hour in Denton, and when it was done, it was back to dry conditions by the afternoon.

Denton County Agrilife Extension Agent David Annis said despite the spring flooding the area is technically back into the first stage of drought, and while the Wednesday rain did help, it’s far from enough to fix the problem.

"We probably got somewhere around a tenth and a quarter of an inch,” said Annis. “To give you an idea, in the last week just looking at the evapotranspiration, that's how much water the plants use, we've lost about 1.9 inches."

The dry streak recently prompted Denton County and most of the other counties in the Metroplex to put burn bans into effect due to the high fire conditions created by dry vegetation, winds and humidity.

All of this, while most lakes in the area still remain over their capacity from that spring flooding.

Annis, like many in the agriculture business, is hopeful though that forecasts of a wet fall and winter will play out to return some moisture to the fields and gardens throughout the area.

For now, though, he said water conservation remains a concern and he advises everyone to keep watching how much water they’re using.

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