Texas is drought free for the first time in five years. Rain this week in the panhandle finally ended the drought designations. Meteorologist Steven Cobb with the National Weather Service in Lubbock said this is all part of a normal cycle.
"This climate here in west Texas is a climate of extremes," Cobb said. "We're really on one side or the other. Either extremely dry like we had been the last few years, or extremely wet like we are currently. Normal is just an average of those extremes."
Webb forecasts continued precipitation, even above normal totals,during fall and winter due to the growing strength of the El Niño pattern.