San Antonio wrapped up 'meterological autumn,' which runs from September 1 through November 30, with 25.11 inches of rain, making it the wettest fall in the city since they started keeping records back in 1895, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation says the rain was spread all over the state in the last three months, with always damp Beaumont and often arid San Angelo both reporting fall precipitation at or near records.
In fact, the state's average rainfall of 15.27 inches was more than double what is usually received in that three month period.
And TDLR Meterologist George Bomar says what is amazing is that the precipitation records were set without a single tropical system hitting the Texas coast. He points out that precipitation records, like records set along the upper Texas coast in 2017, are generally due to tropical storms and hurricanes dumping flooding levels of rain, like from Hurricane Harvey last year. He says to get this much rain from rain frontal systems alone is truly unusual.
Dallas-Ft. Worth, College Station, Lufkin, and Tyler all reported record rains for the three month period.
The San Antonio rain totals don't include the drenching we got last weekend, and more rain which is in the forecast before the end of the year.
The rain in the San Antonio area has done wonders for the Edwards Aquifer. The Aquifer enters the new year at a level of 685.6 inches, an amazing 17 and a half feet above average for December 12th, and less than 13 feet below its all time high, which was set back in 1992.