||12/01/2009 00:00:00 CST-6
||12/21/2009 23:59:00 CST-6
||0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
||Welcome rains on November 30th and December 1st, combined with increased groundwater retention as autumn moved into winter, helped stabilize drought conditions across Zapata, Jim Hogg, and Brooks County. However, long term dry conditions and the reality that these rains were quickly absorbed into the soil maintained severe to extreme drought conditions through the first half of the month.
||Light to moderate rains moved across portions of Brooks County December 1st and 4th, dropping 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches of rainfall. The initial rains were not enough to counter the long term drought conditions from the 2009 spring and summer, and Severe (D2) conditions would prevail across the northwestern half of the county through mid month.
A more significant rain event, dropping 1 1/2 to 3 inches across the county on the 15th and 16th, would finish the Severe drought conditions once and for all for the year by the 22nd.