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High temps, below average rainfall causing abnormally dry conditions

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows abnormally dry conditions across the southern portion of Liberty County and most of Chambers County. While the city of Liberty is currently above the average for rainfall through this point in the year, the last three months have been below the norm.  KSHN maintains the official U.S. Weather Service gauge in the city of Liberty. For January through May - 21.89 inches of rainfall were recorded. That is 1.93 inches above that five-month average because of heavy rainfall experienced in January and February. However, for March, April and May,  9.77 inches were recorded at the official gauge here at the KSHN studio. That is 1.59 inches below normal for those three months.  June is the traditionally wettest month of the year in Liberty County with an average of 7.35 inches. So far this month, only a trace of rain has been measured at the official gauge in Liberty. As that below average rainfall in recent months has combined with unseasonably hot temperatures, conditions across the area have been drying out. The Keetch-Byram Drought Index currently shows Liberty and Chambers counties in the 400 to 500 range. That is the mid-way point of the index.  Liberty County Commissioners Court generally does not enact a burn ban until that index tops the 575 mark. According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, Liberty County is in the moderate range for fire danger.

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