First 7 months of year were wettest on record for Texas

Staff Report

The Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The first seven months of the year were the wettest on record in Texas.

It's further confirmation of the recent declaration that Texas is drought-free for the first time in at least a decade.

The National Weather Service says the statewide average for rain through July was 27.11 inches.

That's nearly eleven inches above the norm.

The previous record for the first seven months was 25.88 inches in 1941.

Meanwhile, a grass-roots effort across the state is expected to help gather weather information.

Troy Kimmel, who teaches weather and climate at the University of Texas, is volunteer coordinator for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Networks.

The group is made up of volunteer backyard weather observers.

Kimmel says the state has more than 300 volunteers.