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Liberty County still abnormally dry with below average rainfall YTD

The U.S. Drought Monitor continues to show abnormally dry conditions across most of Liberty County. Through the first six months of the year, the city of Liberty is now slightly below the average for rainfall year to date. However, the last four months have been several inches behind the norm. KSHN maintains the official U.S. Weather Service gauge in the city of Liberty. For January through June – 27.08 inches of rainfall were recorded. That is just .23 inches below the six-month average because of heavy rainfall experienced in January and February. However, for March through June, 14.96 inches were recorded at the official gauge here at the KSHN studio. That is 3.75 inches below normal for those four months.  June is traditionally the wettest month of the year in Liberty County with an average of 7.35 inches. This year, 5.19 inches of rain fell during the month. As that below average rainfall in recent months has combined with unseasonably hot temperatures, conditions across the area have been drying out. The Keetch-Byram Drought Index currently shows Liberty County in the 400 to 500 range on average. That’s the mid-way point of the index.  Liberty County Commissioners Court generally does not enact a burn ban until that index tops the 575 mark. According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, Liberty County is in the low to moderate range for fire danger.

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