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Not a drought-breaker, but not bad

2013 second wettest year over decade
By MIKE BROWN
Reporter Editor


Corner of Meadow and Brazos during rainy September afternoon. 2013’s September was third wettest month in past 10 years. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Corner of Meadow and Brazos during rainy September afternoon. 2013’s September was third wettest month in past 10 years. Reporter/Mike Brown If it seemed like every time it started to get unbearably dry in 2013 we had a nice rain, it’s because that’s exac t ly what happened.

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.

On Sept. 29 Rockdale was hit with a 6.26-inch deluge causing some f looding in a business area centered on US 79 and Childress.

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.



Left, youngsters at pool cool off on one of Rockdale’s 46 days of 100-degrees plus. Above, Monette Schweitzer stays warm as temperatures dip into 20s during Tiger football playoff game. Left, youngsters at pool cool off on one of Rockdale’s 46 days of 100-degrees plus. Above, Monette Schweitzer stays warm as temperatures dip into 20s during Tiger football playoff game.


Helped out by timely rains all year, grass mostly stayed green during every season of 2013. Helped out by timely rains all year, grass mostly stayed green during every season of 2013.

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