Jun 4, 2024 - News

This year's rain is close to setting new record in D-FW

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

This year is the sixth rainiest on record in Dallas-Fort Worth, and there's still a chance of more rain this week.

The big picture: D-FW received nearly 8 inches of rainfall in May — about 3 inches above normal — while areas of the Hill Country, South and West Texas are still in varying stages of drought.

  • North Texas got 25 inches of rain through the end of May, well above the typical 16.6 inches through the first five months of the year.

The latest: Oncor says it might ask the Texas Public Utility Commission to allow a rate increase to cover the cost of fixing downed power lines, per the Dallas Morning News.

  • There were hundreds of outages Tuesday morning, affecting more than 58,000 customers across D-FW, per Oncor.
  • The rest of the week is expected to be slightly drier.

By the numbers: D-FW residents saw thunderstorms about half the days in May, which had 21 days of light rain and 16 days of thunderstorms, per the National Weather Service.

  • As of yesterday morning, D-FW has gotten 27 inches of rain this year.
  • 1957 was the rainiest year to date, with nearly 25 inches of precipitation between just April and May.

Zoom in: May's average daily temperature of 77 was more than 3 degrees above normal.

The bottom line: A rainy spring typically precedes a more mild summer, but with the rain comes humidity, driving up how hot it feels outside.

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