6:00 PM CST | February 2, 2018
Most of the state saw cooler-than-normal temperatures to start 2018. Unfortunately, extremely dry conditions prevailed for most as well. Let's take a look at the temperature departures for the month, courtesy of the High Plains Regional Climate Center. As you can see, temperatures were 2-6*F+ cooler than normal for more than half of the state. The only mild spots were in the Texas Panhandle near/N of Amarillo and in far West Texas. Otherwise, it was a cool January.
Next, take a look at the precipitation for the month. A majority saw less than an inch of moisture, and many saw less than .10" last month. Not good at all. The only "wet" area was East Texas, but even most there were drier than normal.
What do we look like going forward? Well, not much is expected in terms of moisture until next week. It appears that there will be a few days with at least some rain/precip chances for parts of the state. The best chances during the first part of next week will be across the southeastern half of the state. A second disturbance should bring another opportunity for precipitation later in the week. This is the one that could be the more interesting one of the two. I will discuss more on this in a couple of days. You can get the latest on the blog and Facebook page.