Why The Houston Area Should Look Forward To The Peak Of The Tropical Season

The entire Houston metro area is heading into August under a persistent drought.

The latest drought monitor map shows Harris and every surrounding county under a severe drought – with portions of Brazoria and Galveston counties in extreme drought.

Brian Fuchs is a climatologist with the national drought mitigation center at the University of Nebraska. 

He says recent rains haven’t been widespread enough to make a dent the area’s rainfall deficit.

“Until we see some of those broad-scale precipitation events, it’s going to be more of the spotty nature. And, again, with the drought status, you may see some significant differences between several counties.”

Fuchs says the best chance for relief will come over the next month or two, as we approach the traditional peak of tropical activity in the Gulf.

“One of these systems doesn’t need to be a hurricane, but just a tropical wave, a tropical depression — goes and parks itself offshore for a couple of days, and we won’t be talking about drought at all, we’ll be talking about flood issues.” 

Some parts of the Houston area are as much as eight inches behind where they should be with year-to-date rainfall totals. 

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