Sudden shower dumps 1.73 inches on Brady

A buildup of clouds that rolled across McCulloch County Monday evening produced the first significant amount of rainfall in the Heart of Texas since May 25. The storms developed early Monday evening and as the first raindrops fell, Brady residents could be seen peeking out windows looking to the sky with anticipation. This time they were not disappointed. The storm dumped an official 1.73 on Brady. The rainfall lasted for nearly an hour in some portions of the county, but the greatest portion of the storm doused the city limits but left the outlying areas untouched. The last measurable rainfall in Brady came on June 14 when Jean Williams, the official weather observer for Brady, recorded 0.28 inch. Prior to that, the thundershower that rumbled through the area Memorial Day weekend was the most significant rainfall leaving 0.43 inch as the official total that came on May 25. The drouth-like conditions that gripped the area until late last fall are quickly returning. Forecasters are not predicting any additional rainfall in the foreseeable future and unless significant rains come, ranchers and farmers could be faced with severe range conditions in a matter of weeks. Tuesday morning reports only found Voca and the area immediately surrounding the city limits receiving rain. Voca reported 0.50 inch with most other areas south of town recording only a trace. The lightning that accompanied the storm was suspected of starting one brush fire south of Brady. The fire was extinguished in a short period of time and was contained to a small portion of land. Local fire officials have posted an extreme fire hazard warning on virtually all portions of McCulloch County and urge residents to exercise extreme caution when dealing with ignition sources.

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