‘Abnormal’ precipitation to continue in Amarillo

It’s not your imagination — it has been raining a lot in Amarillo.

 

The National Weather Service in Amarillo said 4.41 inches of rain fell last week from Aug. 5 to Saturday afternoon, including a record-setting soaking of 2.41 inches on Thursday.

NWS Amarillo Meteorologist Lance Goehring said the wet weather is abnormal for this time of year.

“It’s tough for us to get this much rain in a week,” he said. “August usually gets nice little thunderstorms that put out two to three inches in the whole month.”

August helped Amarillo’s record year for rain continue. The Amarillo area has seen 18.19 inches of rain so far this year. Only 12.37 inches had fallen in the area at this time last year.

And this year’s total will continue rising this week, as there are still chances of rain in the forecast through Tuesday night.

“The chances of rain go up during the night. They are lower during the day and higher at night,” Goehring added.

Today’s high is forecast to be 82 degrees with a 20 percent chance of rain throughout the day. That chance increases to 50 percent after 7 p.m., according to NWS data.

Monday will have similar temperatures and rain chances, and Amarillo should see temps of 90 degrees with about 20 percent chances of rain all day Tuesday.

Conditions should stay will stay warm and dry until Saturday, when the high will drop to about 88 and the rain chances jump to 40 percent at night.

Let it rain

2.41: Inches of rain that fell Thursday

4.41: Inches of rain that fell last week

18.19: Inches of rain that’s fallen this year

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