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Texas left high and dry

Texas left high and dry

April 05
00:25 2011

By Matthew Cardenas / Staff Writer –

Last month proved to be the second driest March in Texas history, putting the Dallas-Fort Worth area about four inches below average rainfall for this time of year, the National Weather Service said.

About 3.73 inches of rain has fallen on the Dallas-Fort Worth area so far this year, an amount meteorologists said is unusually low for spring weather.

“We generally get rain in the spring,” said meteorologist Matt Mosier. “If we are dry in the spring, it doesn’t bode well for summer.”

Mosier said that lack of rainfall has pushed much of the state into drought conditions.

“For the first time in two years, the entire state is in an abnormally dry state,” Mosier said.

Monday morning showers dropped about .15 inches in Denton to begin a week that could bring more wet weather to the area.

Temperatures are expected to slowly rise from low 70s to high 80s by the end of the week, with a small chance of rain on Thursday and a 20 percent chance of rain Saturday and Sunday.

Art history freshman Kyle Kirby said he welcomes the weather change.

“I think it’s about time the weather warmed up,” Kirby said. “I think the winter went on way too long.”

Hospitality management sophomore Kelsey Hughen said walking to class in the heat will not be fun.

“I’m not really looking forward to it,” she said. “I really prefer the winter.”

Hughen said the drought and the potential to have a hotter summer concern her.

“Texas summers are already painful enough,” she said. “They don’t need to get any hotter.”

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