Before the rain, January starts with one of the driest starts

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Wet and extensive rain is forecast for Tuesday, and we need it. Austin is bracing for one of the driest starts of the year on record.

In any case, January in Central Texas is usually not such a rainy month. On average, Austin Camp Mabry receives an average of 2.64 inches of rain in January. This makes January our fourth driest month of the year.

Even for a normally drier month, the start is even drier than usual.

This month, Camp Mabry received just 0.08 inches of rain and we expect dryness to remain until the end of January 23rd.

If we don’t see any noticeable rain until Tuesday, we’ll experience the seventh driest early January at Camp Austin Mabry since registration began in 1898.

In terms of reports, the situation at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is even worse. We have the second driest January to date with a measurable rainfall of just 0.09″ associated with January 1948. The only drier period was in 1971. In 1971 we collected only 0.02″ for an entire month in Australia!

Luckily, it won’t take more than a quarter to a half inch of rain to make sure we don’t get stuck in the top ten driest January on any stretch. Tuesday’s rainfall should take care of that.

Stay with the First Warning Weather Team as we track the latest trends for our next rainfall.

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