Rain Dance? Dry October Expands Drought Across Texas

We are wrapping up the month of October with below-average rainfall across much of Texas. 


What You Need To Know

  • Below-average rainfall was the story for October
  • The drought continues to expand in Texas
  • November starts off dry as well

Dry conditions are being felt across much of the Lone Star State. Limited rain fell during the month of October.

Only 0.34″ of rain fell at Austin-Bergstrom Airport this month, making it the sixth-driest October on record at ABIA.

San Antonio’s airport only picked up 0.23″ of rain this month. October is typically the third-wettest month in the Alamo City but this year, October’s rainfall was 3.65″ below what typically falls over the course of the full month.

With only a little over 18 inches of rain for the year, 2020 is running a 9.43″ deficit in San Antonio.

Higher monthly rain totals were found across North Texas, with Dallas-Fort Worth’s airport picking up 1.74″ of rain for the month. However, that is still below what a typical October brings to the metroplex, running a 2.20″ deficit for October 2020. 

Unfortunately, dry conditions are expected to continue into the next several days. The Climate Prediction Center’s outlook for the first week of November is showing below average rainfall across Texas.

NOAA released their 2020-2021 winter outlook earlier this month, and it unfortunately calls for drought conditions to expand across the state as La Nina sets up.