The official numbers don’t come out until next week. But it’s possible North Texas could enter 2018 drought-free.
WFAA-TV (Channel 8) chief meteorologist Pete Delkus tweeted this week’s rains and above average precipitation for the year might be enough to end the drought.
As of Tuesday — before Friday’s buckets of rain — most of Dallas County and all of Ellis County were in moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. A sliver of the northwest corner of Dallas County was in severe drought, along with Collin, Denton and more than half of Tarrant counties.
Delkus also tweeted Saturday that the area will end the year with above-normal rainfall. In 2017, Dallas-Fort Worth has had 36.59 inches of rain — 1.14 more inches than usual.
There’s no glimmer of rain in the forecast until Tuesday — and that’s just a 20 percent chance — dashing hopes for a white Christmas.
Shoppers bundled against a cold rain in the Wheatland Towne Crossing parking lot on Friday in Dallas.