Lubbock just misses May rainfall record

Lubbock just misses May rainfall record

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A series of storm system interacted with anomalous moisture levels to produce several rounds of heavy rain over the past few weeks.

Just how wet was it? Through May 30th, Lubbock Preston Smith has recorded 12.12" of rain. Assuming that no more rainfall is recorded at the airport through 12 a.m. Monday, May 2015 will only have been 1.81" shy of the all-time record one-month rainfall. September 1936 currently holds the record, with nearly fourteen inches of rainfall.

While not record-setting May 2015 will be very close. This month's 12.12" qualifies as Lubbock's second wettest may on-record

May 30th's year-to-date rainfall of 15.93" is already more than 83% of what Lubbock normally receives in an entire year; 19.12".

Looking ahead to the first week of June, the weather pattern will undergo subtle changes. These changes will lead to a much drier forecast across not only the south plains, but much of Texas. Isolated thunderstorms are possible just about every evening. However, the chance of rain at any one location is very slight.

The forecast may undergo more changes by late next weekend.

Eastern Pacific tropical activity may bring unsettled weather back to the south plains, during the second week of June. Hypothetically, a developing tropical system could send moisture into the south and southwestern United States ahead of an approaching storm system.

If this were to take-place, the forecast would turn unsettled as early as June 7th. In the meantime, enjoy the drier conditions, but remain aware of the possibility of spotty late-day thunderstorm activity.

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