Finally, Houston area gets some rain
By ROBERT STANTON, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Published 02:50 p.m., Sunday, October 9, 2011
Call it charity, beneficence or even a gift from the gods.
Whatever it's called, many folks welcomed today's rainy weather as a new friend.
"We wish it wasn't rare," National Weather Service meteorologist Chris McKinney said of the wet weather. "It's a nice departure from what's become normal."
The Houston area and much of Texas have been unwilling recipients of a historic drought that has wreaked havoc on flora and fauna statewide, killing thousands of trees in Memorial Park alone.
The much-needed rainfall generally followed the I-45 corridor from Galveston to Houston and was heading east by the afternoon, McKinney said. By mid-afternoon the rain started coming down from Pasadena to Channelview.
Fueling the wet weather was a large storm system across the central United States, driven by a low-pressure system in the upper levels of the atmosphere.
McKinney said the rain was "pretty typical for this time of the year, when we start to transition from summertime to fall. That's when we get a lot of weather systems and cold fronts."
The highest rainfall - 2-1/2 inches - came down at Hobby Airport, while the Lawndale area of East Houston received 2 inches, the NWS reported. The average rainfall amounts for the greater Houston were in the range of 1 to 1-1/2 inches.
Bellaire was the beneficiary of about 1/3 inch of rain, while Memorial Park got about a half inch of rainfall, McKinney said.
The last time Hobby Airport saw that much rainfall was Jan. 24, when 2.3 inches came fell, McKinney said.