August in East Texas usually means heat, humidity, and dry conditions. Well, this week will definitely be humid, but the temperatures may be a bit below normal as a week of high rainfall chances will invade the Pineywoods.
Running out of the house to get the mail is an adventure this time of year. It's so hot right now that our bare feet on sidewalks will make us do that quick tip-toe dance that kind of looks like we're trying to sneak up on someone, and also looks a little like Elaine's Seinfeld …
(Explicit language in videos) Scattered storms dotted the East Texas map on Saturday afternoon and evening. Most of those storms provided brief heavy downpours and quite a few lightning strikes, however, a cell that moved through Polk County produced a short-lived tornado.
Not every state gets excited about catching rainwater, but Texas does. Texas will give us an award for doing it well, and there are tax incentives. Oh, and we can even drink it. But there's an art to it.
In 2015 and 2016 in Deep East Texas, rainfall amounts in May were well above normal, but as soon as June came around, the rain slowed to a trickle. In 2017, we have had another wet May and it looks like the first few days of June could bring downpours across the Pineywoods.