Rain won’t be mist - Burleson receives large amount of rainfall in last week’s storms
The weather outside may have been frightful, but the north Texas area and Burleson received much needed rain last week. Since Feb. 20, Burleson got 5.5 inches of rain, the bulk of it on Feb. 21, when two inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period.
Juan Hernandez, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said that while North Texas did receive a lot of rain, it wasn’t enough to set the record of 7.4 inches in a month, which fell in 1957.
Additionally, Hernandez said that while the area did experience severe weather, it’s hard to predict what the spring stormy season will be like.
“We are still technically in winter,” Hernandez said. “It’s Texas, our weather can be crazy. We do expect it to be a typically stormy season. We will get a good amount of rain and hail across the region and may experience a tornado.”
For the entire month, Burleson received 5.95 inches of rain. Most of that fell in the past week. However, the area is at 6.55 inches for the month.
“We are definitely above average for the month” Hernandez said.
600 percent above average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
According to United Cooperative Services, the main supplier of electricity for Johnson, Hood, Erath, Palo Pinto and Bosque counties, over 8,000 members lost electricity in last week’s ice storm.
“The ice has damaged and continues to damage poles, lines and other infrastructure,” said United CEO Cameron Smallwood in a press release. “Again and again, linemen have repaired circuits and restored power only to have more tree limbs and ice-coated power lines break under the weight of the ice and damage the repairs. We faced one of the most challenging restoration efforts in my 20 years at this cooperative.”
Hernandez also said that during a hazardous weather situation, families should make a plan and have emergency supplies of food and water on hand.
“People need to know where to go during hazardous weather,” he said. “Think about what you will want to evacuate with if the need should arise.”
With severe weather season on the horizon, residents can take part in a free seminar on spotting and reporting hazardous weather.
“Skywarn is a great resource for people who want to learn more about the Texas storm season,” Hernandez said.
The two-hour class is free and requires no sign-up. The next class will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 27 at Mince Auditorium on the Weatherford College campus in Weatherford.