It's official; 2011 driest year on record, 2nd hottest - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

It's official; 2011 driest year on record, 2nd hottest

A dust storm, made possible by drought, turned daylight into darkness in Lubbock, October 17, 2011 A dust storm, made possible by drought, turned daylight into darkness in Lubbock, October 17, 2011
Playa lakes were dramatically low, or in some cases empty, May 28, 2011 Playa lakes were dramatically low, or in some cases empty, May 28, 2011
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A week ago we reported that Lubbock was on its way to breaking the record for all-time worst drought.  Now, it's official; the record is broken.  According to the National Weather Service, Lubbock had 5.86 inches of rain for 2011 as officially measured at the airport. 

The previous record low was 8.73 inches back in 1917. 

The all-time average yearly rainfall for Lubbock is 18.56, and the 30-year normal is 19.12 inches.  More than one-fourth of Lubbock's rain for the whole year came in December.  The monthly total was 1.52 inches. 

The long-term forecast for the month of January shows Lubbock is likely to have below normal precipitation.  It's the same forecast when looking at the first three months of 2012.

If 2011 seemed hotter than usual, there's a reason for that with an average temperature of 62.8 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.  That makes 2011 the second hottest year on record, behind 1934 with an average temperature of 63.2 degrees. 

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