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Busting La Nina; Parts of Texoma no longer in Drought

So far this year Texas has defied La Nina. Despite the La Nina winter, which favors below average rain, Texoma is faring very well this year. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports the state is currently experiencing its 14th wettest winter on record.

From October to February more than three-fourths of the state have moved from an exceptional drought category, down to extreme, moderate and some parts are no longer under a drought.

Robin Shafer made the most of her Sunday afternoon by visiting Lake Wichita.

"I have my whole entire family, my sister-in-law is here with her kids," she said. "I love rain, it makes the water level higher, it makes the grass greener, it makes it more lively."

"I don't think it will be nothing like last year, all dry and wind," said Ray Acuna.

And so far it hasn't.

"It started back in the fall and the winter time we saw a good bit of rain," said Newschannel 6 Meteorologist Ken Johnson. "Here in Wichita Falls just over an inch of rain, places to the east Clay, Montague, Jefferson, some places seeing five, six, maybe seven inches of rainfall that way."

All that weekend downpour adds to our total precipitation. Wichita Falls and counties east of us continue the pace of above average rainfall, but our western counties are still struggling for showers.

"Vernon, Quanah, Altus, those areas just haven't seen as much rain as we have further to the east and they're still in the exceptional drought categories," said Ken Johnson.

In what was supposed to be a dry winter many areas are prevailing.

"We have a lot to make up but this rain we've seen, the fall, winter, and the coming spring months certainly does help out a lot."

That could also mean a more active severe weather season.

While Texas is experiencing a wet winter, westerns states like California are actually seeing a drier than average winter.

 

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.

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