Some Rain in the Plains
The much anticipated rains in the Southern Plains and Rockies did materialize over the past week as a slow moving storm system traversed the Great Basin and the central and southern Rockies.
The best precipitation in months fell across portions of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.
As you can see in the graphic below, the moisture deficit was extremely high in the areas listed above before the rain and thunderstorms came.
Below represents cumulative precipitation over the past week, ending this past Sunday (5/25). Therefore, the rain that fell this past Monday is not represented. However, even without Sunday’s rain included precipitation amounts are very impressive.
Many areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and east central areas of New Mexico received 1 to over 6 inches of rainfall in the past week. Many other areas received between 1 to 2 inches of rainfall.
Lubbock is coming off its longest drought since the 1950s. Lubbock has received over 5 inches of rain this month, most of it in the past week.
As we head into June, the prospects for more rain chances are looking good for many areas from the Rockies and points east in the plains, Corn Belt and at times even into the Southern Plains.