Fall 2018 breaking wet, cold records

Craig Garnett

Publisher

It has been a fall to remember on at least two fronts – rainfall and temperatures. Total rainfall of 18.31 inches for September, October and November (thus far) has washed away the previous record of 16.59 inches set in 1969. Conversely, average temperatures for the period have been well below normal, including a hard freeze of 25 degrees on Nov. 14 that came more than two weeks ahead of what is considered average.

That freeze – while early – was far from the earliest. That record was set on Oct. 25, 1955, with a reading of 30 degrees. The record low for November of 17 degrees was recorded on Nov. 30, 1911. And the coldest day reported in Uvalde occurred in February of 1951 with a reading of 6 degrees.

The strange weather has had the biggest impact on agriculture, most notably cotton and vegetables. In many cases, cotton stood ready for picking in fields for weeks while farmers ground their teeth waiting for the rain-soaked soil to dry out enough to support the weight of harvesting equipment. The result was a dent in both yields and quality.

On the vegetable front, growers have confirmed that the early freeze did no favors to some crops, especially bell peppers, which do not tolerate freeze at all.


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