Storms grace McCulloch with moisture

Scattered thunderstorms around the state finally found the Heart of Texas just after noon Monday with some parts of McCulloch County getting up to two inches. A familiar trend that is becoming synonymous with Labor Day weekend, Monday’s showers mirrored the past two years as the preparations for the annual World Championship Barbeque Goat Cook-Off are well underway. Cooking camps already setting up in Richards Park for this weekend’s annual Cook-Off are having flashbacks of the past two years when heavy rains the week prior to the event made mud bogs out of campgrounds at Richards Park. A wave of tropical moisture coming up from the Yucatan penisula brought the first significant amount of rain in several weeks. The last measurable rain came on Aug. 13 and 14 when Brady recorded an official 0.50 inch over a two-day period. Much of the county, however, saw no rain from those showers. Rain and reports from around the county show an official 0.70 inch in Brady. The Lohn and Pear Valley areas gauged the most over the three-day period with a total of more than two inches reported near Pear Valley. East Sweden observer Bert Striegler recorded just over an inche for the weekend. Portions of Mason County reported three to four inches from Monday’s showers alone. High winds blowing from the east caused some damage to barns and hunting blinds east of Brady. Already more than five inches behind for the year, the rain is a welcome sight to farmers and ranchers, but drouth conditions are much more severe than one or even several small showers can remedy. Chamber executives busy making final changes in a number of Cook-Off related areas are unfettered. Two years ago, two inches of rain fell on Friday before the cook-off and left several vehicles stuck in the mud throughout the weekend. This year, several makeshift roads made out of recycled road base material have been put down in portions of the cooking team areas. City crews built these makeshift roads to help alleviate any problems with muddy conditions through the campsites. “Right now, those roads should help, but there are still a couple that are not made out of the base material that might cause a problem if we get some more significant rainfall,” said Mrs. Poe. WEATHER Hi Lo Rain Aug. 20 98 72 0.00 Aug. 21 96 73 0.00 Aug. 22 97 71 0.00 Aug. 23 97 68 0.05 Aug. 24 91 67 0.00 Aug. 25 91 67 0.25 Aug. 26 91 69 0.70 Rainfall for Aug. 1.41 Average forAug. 2.50 Average through Aug. 17.50 Rainfall for Year 12.54

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