TYLER, Texas — Continued hot and dry weather across East Texas is leading to more counties being added to our Burn Ban list. As of Tuesday, that list included: 

  • Smith County
  • Morris County
  • Cherokee County
  • Cass County
  • Gregg County
  • Upshur County
  • Rusk County
  • Marion County
  • Harrison County
  • Henderson County
  • Anderson County
  • Houston County
  • Trinity County 
Smith County Texas Added to Burn Ban
Joel Barnes

Most of East Texas is still above normal for total rainfall of the year, but most of that rain came in the first half of the year. 

Since July 1, Tyler is 5.40" below normal. July was 1.79 under average, August was 2.57" under average and September so far is 1.09" under average.  

Tyler Heat and Rainfall Deficit
Joel Barnes

The dry weather is just not impacting Tyler, both Longview and Lufkin are also dealing with rain deficits this summer. Most of East Texas has only seen about half the amount of rain we get in a typical start to September.

East Texas September Rainfall.
Joel Barnes

On top of the dry weather, it has been an above average summer as far as the temperatures are concerned as well.  

August was on average 3.5 degrees above normal and September has been a ridiculous 9.7 degrees above normal for the first 10 days of the month. It is shaping up to be one of the hottest Septembers on record across the area.

Hot Start to September
Joel Barnes

The first eight days of the month, the coolest high temperature we saw was 98 degrees. We set some daily records as well, including Sunday in Tyler when we tied a record that was 56 years old.

Sunday High Temp Record
Joel Barnes

We are hoping to see some showers on Wednesday, and some of us might get another shower or weak storm on Friday as a weak cold front will come by, but don't count on it. 

Keep your fingers crossed or say a few prayers! Get ready for another toasty week East Texas!

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