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Rain could mean an end to the drought

The skies have finally opened up, but the South Plains is still in a drought. Hopefully the recent rainfall can provide some relief.

John Lipe with the National Weather Service says April, May and June are typically the months we see the most moisture. He predicts the area will receive average to above-average rainfall for the summer months, which is welcome news for the South Plains.

"It's very promising that we see our thunderstorms coming in this year.The Climate Prediction Center is predicting normal to above normal forecasts for the summer, so this gives me great hope," Lipe says.

La Nina, which typically brings dryer conditions, has finally ended and experts believe the coming months will get us to normal conditions, if not a movement into El Nino. El Nino is usually associated with more moisture.

"It's just a process of if the rain we see now will continue through out the summer and that will tell us whether or not we get out of the drought," Lipe says.

The line of thunderstorms that moved through the area this afternoon produced up to two inches of rain in some areas.

It was difficult to find someone complaining about the wet weather. Cotton farmer Doug Hlavaty was especially thankful for the rainfall. He started to plant his crops last week.

"The rain has been light and just perfect. This is the perfect time to get rain, right now before you plant, this is just ideal," Hlavaty said

Hlavaty comes from a heritage of farming and says last year was extremely difficult for his crops.

"Last year was bone dry, the wind was blowing and we couldn't keep it wet enough. Last years drought was excessive, I have never seen that in my lifetime and my father had never seen it in his," Hlavaty said.

Hlavaty along with most people on the South Plains are thankful for the rain and just hoping this is a sign of things to come.

An additional sign of the rain benefits is that the Lubbock County burn ban was lifted Monday afternoon. County Judge Tom Head made the decision after the significant amount of rain the area has received recently.

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