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‘Freak’ 4-inch rain welcomed in Rockdale

Lifting burn ban topic for county


Rockdale shoppers, like Ginger Martin, didn’t anticipate needing an umbrella in the middle of July. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Rockdale shoppers, like Ginger Martin, didn’t anticipate needing an umbrella in the middle of July. Reporter/Mike Brown A virtually unprecedented mid-summer weather system brought surprising rains to Rockdale and Central Texas early this week, helping to ease a dry spring and summer.

Official three-day total from Sunday through early Wednesday, measured in the U. S. Weather Service rain gauge at KRXT-FM was 3.98 inches.

Totals of four, and even five or more inches, were common in backyard gauges throughout Rockdale.

That total included a 2.44-inch downpour starting just before 6 p.m. Tuesday and continuing throughout much of the night.

BURN BAN—As a result of the welcome rains, Milam County commissioners will consider lifting the rural outdoor burn ban during their regularly-scheduled session Monday in the county courthouse.

Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis lifted the burn ban for that neighboring county on Tuesday.

WRONG WAY—This week’s rains were triggered when a low pressure system formed over the Ohio Valley and moved southwest into Texas.

That’s not the way weather systems generally move in the U. S. where west to east flow is much more common.

Some meteorologists commented they had never seen a weather system move in a southwesterly direction.

The wrong way system also provided some relief from the typical mid-July heat.

Monday’s rain-cooled high in Rockdale was 81 degrees. The high Saturday had been 107.

FORECAST—The low pressure system had moved into Mexico by Wednesday but a chance of rain remains in the forecast, despite a return to highs near triple digits.

Forecasters were holding out some hope for rain next week.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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