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April showers bring drought remedy, cool summer

April showers bring drought remedy, cool summer

April showers bring drought remedy, cool summer
April 27
23:31 2015

Erica Wieting / Staff Writer

Following a drought lasting nearly five years, the intense onslaught of rain in Denton this past week came as a shock to many. Both residents and the natural world around them had to make adjustments to their previously dry lifestyle.

Storm fallout

Effects of the downpour have been a mixture of positives and negatives.  One example is the influx of plant and wildlife recently introduced in Denton.

Local weather expert and founder of the Denton Rainfall website Keith Clementson said plant life, such as lawns, trees and shrubs, will be much happier following the sudden increase in rain. He also said local insects and animals will be positively affected.

“I saw the fattest toad I’ve ever seen yesterday because of an explosion of insect populations,” Clementson said.

Dentonites should expect to continue seeing more pests and bugs over the next few weeks, especially mosquitoes, Clementson said.

Despite the insect incursion, Denton’s natural environment is thriving after receiving so much moisture. David Hunter, manager of Watershed Protection and Industrial Pretreatment with the City of Denton Environmental Services and Sustainability, said the rain is beneficial from an ecological standpoint.

“Rain is good for the environment,” Hunter said.  “[It] helps vegetation and a lot of other things.”


A makeshift iron fence is reflected in a large puddle of rainwater left on this sidewalk of Normal Street. Many puddles could be found in Denton this last week and weekend. Photo by Erica Wieting – Staff Writer

Hunter also said the rain is good for Denton’s lakes. Due to the drought the city has been in for the past few years, most of the lakes in the region currently have inadequate water levels.

Clementson said an additional positive note for Denton residents is they should expect a cooler summer because of the abnormal amount of rain the city is receiving.

“A wetter spring usually makes for a cooler summer due to a weaker high-pressure dome,” he said.

According to KOMO News, high-pressure domes cause high temperatures because they compress the air inside them, heating up the environment. When rain penetrates the pressure dome, it allows this pressure to escape, effectively lowering temperatures in a given area.

Clementson said residents will also experience heightened allergies to mold and mildew. Those with pollen or plant allergies, on the other hand, should experience some level of relief from their red-nosed sniffles and watery eyes.

Rainy reactions

Though Saturday and Sunday of this past weekend were relatively sunny, with Saturday reaching a high temperature of nearly 90 degrees, Friday’s downpour submerged Denton in over 4 inches of rain.

Biology junior Matt Herring said Fry Street wasn’t visible under a sea of water on Friday. He said he blames faulty storm drains in front of the Language Building.

“I had to wade across a river,” Herring said. “Fry Street always floods when we get rain.”

Students also took to social media to voice their opinions.28_rain_web3

Gathering storm clouds over Unicorn Lake allude to more storms.  Denton has received more than ten inches of rain in the month of April. Photo by Erica Wieting – Staff Writer

“About to start rounding up two of every animal at UNT,” English literature senior Collin Stephenson tweeted on Friday afternoon.

Some tweets even anchored the hashtag #DentonFlood2k15.

Chemistry freshman Eddie Mendoza said he hates carrying his umbrella with him everywhere—a necessary evil for many students enduring the rainy weather.

“I don’t really know where to put it when I’m not using it, so I just have to hold it,” Mendoza said.

Mendoza also said his Arts and Jazz Festival experience was less enjoyable than in previous years due to the rainy conditions.

“It felt more packed because there was just so much mud,” he said. “There were only certain paths people could walk on, so that was kind of a bad thing.”

Plugging the drain

Many people don’t tend to think of rain as very dangerous, but there are risks associated with any type of weather. Because southerners may be unaccustomed to such large amounts of rain, Texan anxiety often grows as water levels rise, adding to the hazardous situation at hand.

Fortunately, the City of Denton Fire Department has not yet seen an increase in weather-related emergency situations.

“We’ve been monitoring,” Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Penaluna said.  “People are heeding the National Weather Service’s advice to ‘turn around, don’t drown.’”

This motto, he said, advises people not to drive on roads that are too flooded.  According to the rule, if drivers come across a waterlogged street, they are supposed to turn around in order to avoid getting stuck in the flood.

Hunter said despite the unique nature of the severely rainy weather Denton has been enduring and the city is prepared for further storms.

“If there is flooding or severe weather, it could affect transportation and property,” Hunter said. “There are a lot of contingency and emergency plans in place for extreme weather events.”

Featured Image: Gallons of rain water flood the sidewalk and rush into a storm drain on Crescent Street. Photo by Hannah Ridings – Staff Photographer 

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