Rain brings area temporary relief

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Texas Woman’s University student Stephanie Soto walks acrosss campus with a colorful umbrella during Thursday’s rain.

County gets about an inch

Lines of storms brought rain Thursday to the Denton area, tangling the evening commute, forcing a planned courthouse lawn concert to move indoors and bringing more than an inch of water to thirsty lawns and pastures.

But the rains, while helpful, still weren’t enough to make up for the long-standing drought in the area, said Mark Fox, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

“We would need some really heavy rain that would fall and be able to run into lakes and things like that, but it will allow people to turn off their sprinklers for four or five days,” he said. “We’ll take every drop that falls.”

The heaviest rains came Thursday morning, when as much as an inch fell in some parts of the county. Rainfall at Denton Enterprise Airport was recorded at 0.67 inches just after noon.

The last wave of rains, in the evening, pushed the day’s total rainfall to more than an inch. Thursday’s Twilight Tunes concert on the Square was moved indoors.

The county could see more wet weather at the end of the weekend, Fox said. There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms starting Sunday night and continuing into Monday. The weather service’s official forecast states the chance for rain is 30 percent.

“It’s another good chance for some rainfall,” Fox said.

Before the rain returns, the warm weather will continue, with highs in upper 80s today and Saturday.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.


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