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Drought over? Rainfall adds to above normal amount this year

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
March 10, 2012 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 10, 2012 at 9:11 p.m.

This rain gauge, in a Victoria backyard, in Inwood Terrace subdivision,measures the amount of rain the area experiences.

The rain hasn't dampened B.E. Leissner's spirits. In fact, he wants more.

"We're still in desperate need," he said.

Leissner has a ranch in DeWitt County with cattle, and he has had to feed them hay just to sustain them. The 80-year-old lifelong Texan wants more rainy days like this weekend.

Crossroads residents have experienced above normal rainfall this time of year, according to weather officials.

The National Weather Service reports 6.58 inches of rain has fallen so far this year in Victoria, compared to 3.77 inches during the same time in 2011.

Meteorologist Greg Wilk said the area needs to get between 12 and 18 additional inches to erase the moisture deficit of 2011, which was Victoria's second-driest year on the record.

"It will take a whole lot more to get out of the drought," he said.

Wilk said the rainfall from the past few days is the result of a surface low pressure system. The majority of the rainfall will continue through Sunday evening.

Rainfall on Saturday delayed but not deterred golfing enthusiasts.

The Adam's Pro Golf Tournament at the Victoria Country Club was postponed for two hours Saturday morning.

Organizers said the weather did not affect the tournament too much.

"We'd have to have a lot more rain before closing the course," said Joe Mitchell, a country club assistant golf professional.

And if Leissner could speak to Mother Nature about the rain he would say one thing for sure: "Just don't quit, we need it," he said.



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