Not a drought-breaker, but not bad
Measurable rain fell in 61 days of 2013. That may not be much for the Pacific Northwest or Hawaii’s “big island” but for drought-stricken South Central Texas it wasn’t bad.
By year’s end, 35.66 inches had fallen in the KRXT-FM rain gauge. That’s the most since 2007, the third highest total of the past decade (see box) and well above the 10-year average of 28.66 inches.
It’s also slightly above the 33.10 average for the 89 years official records have been kept in Rockdale.
September, 2013, was something special all by itself. The 10.32 inches falling during that month made it the wettest September of the past 89 years.
Since it happened overnight, and the water quickly receded, many Rockdale residents checked their rain gages and found them hard to believe.
TEMPERATURES— It was a pretty average year temperature wise. High of 108 was logged on June 29 and the low of 25 on Dec. 10.
There were 46 high temperatures of 100 or greater, more than 2012’s 32 but less than half the record 94 set in 2011.
Highs of 100 or greater were recorded the first six days of September, then the rains set in and there were no more 100s for the year.
In fact, things turned downright temperate. The last full week in September highs were 81, 84, 86 and 74. Then, 6.16 inches of rain fell in October, the year’s second-wettest month.