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Flood, drought at same time in ‘12

By MIKE BROWN
Reporter Editor


A causeway on the Texas coast? Nope, just flooding unsder the Union Pacific tracks alongside US 79 near Thorndale during 7-inch downpour in February, 2012. 
Reporter/Mike Brown A causeway on the Texas coast? Nope, just flooding unsder the Union Pacific tracks alongside US 79 near Thorndale during 7-inch downpour in February, 2012. Reporter/Mike Brown Even by Texas standards, 2012 was a weird weather year in Rockdale.

The 30.51 inches recorded during the past year at KRXTFM technically make it the fourth wettest year of the past decade but that precipitation sure wasn’t evenly distributed.

Almost half that total fell in just two months early in the year. February total was 7.05 inches and March was 7.88.

That 14.93 combined total easily gives 2012 the distinction of having the wettest February-March of the past decade.

In fact those were the fifth wettest back-to-back months any time in the past 10 years, behind only June-July, 2007 (19.34), September-October, 2009 (17.61) October-November, 2004 (16.06) and July-August, 2007 (15.93).

Then, guess how much it rained in April? Nothing, zero, zip, nada. April, 2012, was only the second month of the past decade in which no rainfall at all turned up in KRXT’s U. S. Weather Service gauge.

In fact, 2012, had four months with less than one inch of rainfall recorded, April, May, November and December.

Only three years of the past decade had more sub-one-inch rainfall totals than 2012.

So, it wouldn’t be unfair to characterize 2012 as a year in which the Rockdale area had a flood and a drought...virtually at the same time.

TEMPERATURES—It was a much milder year, temperature wise after 2011 broke all local heat records but one.

The mercury climbed above the 100-degree level on “only” 32 days in 2012. That’s not exactly an ice age but it’s still only about one-third the number of 100-plus days as 2011, which recorded a sweltering 94 days at the century mark or above.


The Texas Trail Riders Convention heads out of Apache Pass in November in a heavy fog, one of several foggy mornings during year. The Texas Trail Riders Convention heads out of Apache Pass in November in a heavy fog, one of several foggy mornings during year. Highest temperature of 2012 was 108 and was recorded on June 26.

The low of 27 was reached three times, first on Dec. 11, then again Dec. 26 and 27.



Vernon Moore helps granddaughter Kily Moore into intermediate school during March rainstorm. Almost 15 inches fell in February and March combined, followed by zero rain in April. Vernon Moore helps granddaughter Kily Moore into intermediate school during March rainstorm. Almost 15 inches fell in February and March combined, followed by zero rain in April.

Even though 2012 had four months with less than 1-inch rainfall, Brushy Creek sloughs off FM 908 held water through much of the year. The ‘barometer’ sloughs had dried up completely in 2011. Even though 2012 had four months with less than 1-inch rainfall, Brushy Creek sloughs off FM 908 held water through much of the year. The ‘barometer’ sloughs had dried up completely in 2011.

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