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Spring comes in wet and windy over Rockdale area


ALMOST MADE IT TO SPRING—A massive, 40-foot-tall tree that had House, Murray at Brandon. Part of the tree fell into Brandon Street provided shade to generations of Rockdale Girl Scouts went down and part into Ham Branch drainage. The strong winds were in advance in 40-mile-per-hour-plus winds Monday afternoon at the Girl Scout of a cool front that brought three inches of rain to Rockdale. 
Reporter/Mike Brown ALMOST MADE IT TO SPRING—A massive, 40-foot-tall tree that had House, Murray at Brandon. Part of the tree fell into Brandon Street provided shade to generations of Rockdale Girl Scouts went down and part into Ham Branch drainage. The strong winds were in advance in 40-mile-per-hour-plus winds Monday afternoon at the Girl Scout of a cool front that brought three inches of rain to Rockdale. Reporter/Mike Brown If spring really does “go out like a lamb” years when it comes in like a lion, the third week in June ought to be mild and pleasant.

Because spring came to Rockdale overnight Monday with a 3-inch rain and some street flooding, preceded by 40-milean hour wind gusts.

There was water on Rockdale streets at the usual places, including about a foot deep on Meadow Drive during the morning school rush hour.

Ham Branch went to its banks in Central Rockdale and there was water over East Belton at the low water crossing.

Out in rural areas, some roadway flooding was reported, on FM 908 south of Rockdale, along some county roads and trees and lines were reported down on FM 486 north of Thorndale.

But Milam County missed the most severe weather associated with the front.

A tornado was reported in the San Antonio area and, closer to home, water was over numerous county roads at the Williamson- Lee County line, forcing the Lexington ISD to start classes two hours late on Tuesday.

WET WINTER—It was the fourth round of severe thunderstorms in the Rockdale area this year, highlighted by a seven-inch rainfall Feb. 3.

In just 2-1/2 months of 2012 about 18 inches of rain has fallen in Rockdale. Only 21.75 inches of precipitation fell in all of 2011, but even that figure is masked by December’s 9.8-inch total.

Just 11.95 inches fell in the first 11 months of 2011, a total that has already been far surpassed in the first 2-1/2 months of 2012.


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