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Projected rainfall beneficial to drought

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The probability of an inch to two inches of rain is on the horizon for the South Plains this evening and tomorrow but will it be enough to pull us out of the current drought?

Steven Cobb, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lubbock says this is a huge benefit for us in terms of our current drought situation.

"This is normally our driest time of the year, so any rainfall we get can definitely help hold us steady or even improve a little bit in some areas as far as the drought goes," Cobb said.

Ronnie Hopper is a cotton producer in Petersburg.  He says being a farmer is tough, especially during a drought.

"In a drought situation, it helps farmers to realize even though we do our part and we work really hard to try to make a crop, without the extra that nature brings, we don't do very well," Hopper said.

Nevertheless, he says farmers are thankful for any rain they might get.   

"We're very thrilled about to prospects if rain, as you know in the last couple of years, we've had very low rainfall, far less than our average annual rainfall."

The average yearly amount of rain in the South Plains is 19 inches. Last year we ended about seven inches below that, but it was still about twice more than the year before.

"Especially this time of year, an inch of rain is really a bonus and really big for us especially for agricultural purposes.  It can really help substantiate the soil moisture and also fill up some of the reservoirs around the area," he said.

However, in order to see a substantial improvement in our current drought situation, Cobb says we really need to have very high precipitation amounts throughout the next several months.

"It's a long term drought; we measure these things in seasons. So we really need to have abnormal precipitation or high precipitation amounts throughout the spring months in order for the drought to substantially improve."

He says it takes a long time to get into a drought, and it will also take a long time to fully get out of a drought as well.

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