Hurricane’s aftermath spins rain into Valley

HARLINGEN — Harlingen and McAllen received their first official rainfall in the month of August yesterday, kicked up by the remnants of Hurricane Franklin.

Official totals recorded at the cities’ airports were 0.60 inches over 24 hours for Harlingen, and 0.55 inches for McAllen.

McAllen continues to be unusually dry for the year, and even a half-inch of rain was welcome. For Harlingen, rain in late July helped it reset its precipitation debt for the year and put the city within an inch of its historical average at 11.73 inches.

McAllen has recorded just 6.78 inches of rainfall for the year, which is barely above half its average total of 11.84 inches.

Brownsville received 0.80 inches of rain yesterday, and has made progress in leveling its rain shortage for the year. Brownsville now has recorded 12.63 inches of precipitation for the year, just under its average precipitation total of 12.95.

The caveat to all this is the rainfall coughed up by what remained of Hurricane Franklin was erratically distributed. Many areas of Harlingen and McAllen received more rainfall than the official total, and some areas received less.

Valley rain stats

City Yesterday Month Year Annual Average
Brownsville .80 inches .60 inches 12.63 inches 12.95 inches
Harlingen .60 inches .60 inches 11.73 inches 12.67 inches
McAllen .55 inches .55 inches 6.78 inches 11.84 inches

Source: National Weather Service