September 25, 2000 |
After almost three months, it finally rained in North Texas. One minute before midnight Saturday, enough precipitation fell in a rain gauge at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to register 1/100th of an inch--the only measurable rainfall the official rain gauge had seen since June 30. Those few drops, and the showers that followed, officially ended North Texas' record dry spell.
August 31, 1996 |
A blistering drought has ended in a flurry of heavy rain and flash flood warnings all across Texas, meteorologists said. In many parts of the state, rain has fallen steadily since last week, when remnants of Hurricane Dolly spun through. Some areas have had nearly a foot of rain, bringing smiles to the faces of farmers and ranchers. "Many of our producers are a lot more optimistic than they were a month ago," Texas Agriculture Department spokesman Gene Acuna said.
August 30, 2000 |
Gazing across a field of shrunken watermelons on withered vines, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman promised federal aid to four more counties in drought-stricken North Texas on Tuesday. Glickman's visit marked the 60th consecutive day without measurable rainfall in North Texas, where crops are parched and reservoirs are drying up. The record before this year was 58 days, set in 1934 and 1950. "These folks are really hurting," he said.
July 21, 1998 |
Border Patrol agents, who normally block illegal immigrants from entering the U.S., lately have become their rescuers, searching out and reviving scores battered by the unrelenting heat wave in the Southwest. The number of illegal immigrants dead in Texas from heat-related causes reached 43 on Monday. The toll is sure to rise. "Every summer, we're on alert," said Border Patrol spokeswoman Paty Mancha.
August 5, 1998 |
Showers and thunderstorms rolled through north Texas on Tuesday, lowering the temperature to 94 degrees and snapping the 29-day streak of triple-digit heat that has plagued the region. "It feels like springtime," said one resident, Jay Eagle. The rash of storms that blew through the region late Monday stuck around another day, ending the area's second-longest heat streak. During the infamous summer of 1980, there were 42 consecutive days of 100-degree heat.
August 29, 2000 |
With not even a hint of rain to settle the dust, North Texas went into its 59th day without moisture--longer than the record-setting dry spell during the Dust Bowl days of the Depression. Lawns in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond are burned, farmers and ranchers have lost an estimated $595 million and reservoirs are shrinking fast, even though rainfall for the year is close to normal. And the forecast doesn't hold a hint of a sprinkle, let alone a good gully washer.