By CLINT FOSTER
Why has Mineral Wells enjoyed highs in the 70s or low 80s, green grass and one of the least oppressive weather weeks in July in recent memory?
In the words of early 1990s R&B duo Milli Vanilli, “Blame it on the rain.”
For four consecutive days, rains drenched Mineral Wells and the rest of North Texas. The total rainfall this week was 2.25 inches, the most rain Mineral Wells has received in the month of July since 2010 when the entire month yielded 2.79 inches. Thanks to the rain, Mineral Wells has only seen five days this July with temperatures in the triple digits.
At this point last year, Mineral Wells had only received 1.31 inches of rain in the month of July with temperatures consistently in the mid- to upper 90s. A total of 1.75 inches fell during all of July in 2012. Mineral Wells received no rain at all in July of 2011 and highs were over 100 degrees all month long.
National Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist Myron Merz said the rains could not have come at a better time for the area’s crops. With haying season in full swing, the showers gave grasses a much-needed boost that will help production.
“When we get this good of a rain in July, it’s sure going to help the grass and everything, as far as that goes, especially the native grasses,” he said. “It was kind of a slow, soaking rain that soaked into the ground real good, and that’s really good for the grass. It’s kind of a life saver because we were really hurting before this rain and grass was really struggling.”
Judi Pierce of the Brazos River Authority said the rains have already shown a positive effect on bodies of water in Palo Pinto County. She expects Possum Kingdom Lake, in particular, to rise significantly in the coming days.