Monday, July 21, 2008

Tropical Storm Dolly Could Bring Rain To Waco

Most people in Texas are hoping that Tropical Strom Dolly does not became a hurricane as it approaches the Gulf Coast near Brownsville tomorrow. However, a strong Tropical Storm could be just what the doctor ordered for extremely dry parts of Central Texas, including Waco. While it has been hot this summer, only a few days so far have seen the high temperature rise above 100 degrees which is unusual for this time of year. However, even though the temperatures have not exceeded 100 degrees that often this summer – the lack of rainfall in the spring and through the first half of the summer has made lawns dry and dead instead of green and thriving.

My hope is that Dolly remains only a Tropical Storm and when it hits the Texas Gulf Coast sometime on Wednesday that the damage caused to coastal residents will be minimal. However, the fact that Dolly is bearing down on Texas is a good thing for the rest of us that live further inland because our weather needs some kind of kick start in order to get the clouds rolling and the rain falling this summer. Old timers have always been fond of saying that 'if you don't like the weather in Texas, just wait 15 minutes and it will change'. While that is sometimes true, so far this summer we have not seen a change that brought us much needed rainfall.

Tonight, the people of Waco and the rest of Texas wait to see if Tropical Storm Dolly brings rain to our area. So much changes from one year to the next here in Waco when it comes to weather. Last year, we had more water than we knew what to do with as several feet of rain fell within a few short days. I remember Lake Waco going from a drought condition to filled to overflowing within a period of a week in 2007. Those days are now only distant memories as another regular summer where hot and dry conditions are the norm are back and in full swing in 2008.

I certainly hope that Dolly brings us some much needed rain later this week, but I learned a long time ago that even the best train weather minds cannot accurately predict a major storm like Dolly for more than a day or two in advance. Mother Nature will eventually decide where Dolly makes landfall and also where the buckets of rain will fall once it comes ashore.

Title: Tropical Storm Dolly Could Bring Rain To Waco
Written: July 21 2008
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