Locally, Three Rivers saw the most rainfall with 10.96 inches of total rainfall over the weekend. There was 2.14 inches observed at a station eight miles northeast of town as of 7 a.m. on Saturday, 8.79 inches as of 7 a.m. on Sunday, and then .03 inches as of 7 a.m. on Monday.
A neighboring site, just nine miles north-northeast of Three Rivers had a total of 8.32 inches of rain throughout the long weekend.
But just 11 miles down the road, George West only had a total of 2.78 inches of rainfall this weekend. The measuring station located two miles south-southwest of George West reported 2.57 inches as of Saturday at 7 a.m., .21 inches as of Sunday at 7 a.m., and no rainfall on Monday as of 7 a.m.
“We had some heavy storms and they were kind of sitting where they were and it was just north of George West,” Penny Zabel, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi, said.
Four other sites near George West reported between a quarter and a half-inch of rainfall on Sunday morning. Three miles east of George West had 2.88 inches of rainfall over the weekend, another site four miles east of George West had 2.85 inches, and then eight miles northeast of George West saw 2.58 inches.
Tilden got the least amount of rainfall locally. Tilden had .62 inches as of 7 a.m. on Saturday, no rainfall was reported as of Sunday at 7 a.m., and there was .06 inches on Monday as of 7 a.m.
Normal precipitation for the Corpus Christi area by this time of year is 9.72 inches and so far there has been 4.73 inches of rainfall. Zabel said the drought isn’t over yet, but the rainfall did provide some temporary relief.
Zabel also said ideally rainfall needs to occur in watershed areas such as Lake Corpus Christi.
Memorial Day weekend’s rainfall brought road closures to Interstate 37 on Saturday morning at about 9:45 a.m. and along Highway 181 near Pettus. Various county roads were closed as well and residents of Tips Park were evacuated according to Zabel.