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July came and went with very little precipitation

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    Ten-year-old Isaac Huron tries to keep his body straight as he jumps feet first into the water at the city pool last Friday. Star photos by Keith E. Domke
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    Ten-year-old Joshua Ranzau gets as much air between him and the water as he can as he jumps off the diving board at the city pool last Friday. Star photo by Keith E. Domke

After blessing Boerne with abundant rainfall in June, Mother Nature turned off the faucet in July.

According to National Weather Service statistics, the city received only just over a half-inch of precipitation during the month with almost all of it coming on July 1.

Until Sunday’s official total of one-tenth of an inch of rain, it had been 24 days since precipitation had fallen in the city.

The official total for July was .51 inches. Normal rainfall for July is 3.27 inches, according to the NWS.

“July typically is a drier month,” New Braunfels office NWS meteorologist Brett Williams said. “A ridge of high pressure over northwest Texas and the desert southwest usually keeps us hot and dry. Having a dry July, and even August, is not uncommon, but this one was drier than normal. That ridge of high pressure just squashed any real chances of precipitation.”

As far as temperatures, the month turned up the heat, but the high never reached triple digits. In fact, the warmest it got was 96 degrees on July 15.

There were 23 days during the month when the thermometer hit or exceeded 90 degrees, including 19 of the last 21.

In fact, both the average high and low temperature for the month were slightly lower than average, as was the overall average temperature.

Figures from the NWS showed the average temperature throughout July in Boerne was 80.7 degrees. The normal is 81.2. The average high temperature during the month was 91.7 and the average low temperature was 80.7. Typical norms for an average high are 92.5 and 81.2 for a low.

On July 1, the high reached only 81 degrees. On both July 25 and 26, the low temperature dropped to 55. The next night, it was 57.

Precipitation wise, the city received .49 of an inch of rain on July 1 and .02 of an inch on July 10. It had not rained since until Sunday.

In late July, the lack of moisture was a factor in Kendall County enacting its burn ban.

“There are no drought conditions yet, but assuming (the weather pattern) continues, we could move there in the next couple of weeks,” Williams said. “It’s really just the typical July.”

So far this year, Boerne has received 19.89 inches of precipitation. The average amount through the first seven months of the year is 20.75 inches en route to an average yearly total of 36.55.

In June, Boerne received a healthy 6.76 inches of rain, or more than twice the normal amount of 3.13 inches. The June rainfall was the most experienced during that month in the city since 2007, according to NWS records.

April was also a wet month in the city this year. The 4.61 inches of precipitation recorded that month was almost double the mean of 2.47.

So far, April and June have been the only wetter-than-normal months in 2019. May was close with 4.77 inches recorded compared to the normal amount of 5.03.

Both February and March were extremely dry as only 0.75 and 0.70 inches of precipitation fell. January, at 1.79 inches, was close to normal.

“We had active weather patterns in the spring that produced a good amount of precipitation,” Williams said.

The meteorologist said the short-term outlook calls for more typical Texas summer weather.

“It looks like there’s another stretch of hot and dry weather coming,” he said. “The next two weeks, at least, look like there will be below-normal rainfall.”

The record annual rainfall is 62.41 inches in 2002. In 2008, only 14.74 inches fell during the entire year.

There have been three months – July 2001, November 2012 and October 2016 – when no precipitation was recorded.

Official NWS statistics for Boerne are kept by a local observer who records temperatures and rainfall and turns it in to the New Braunfels office daily. The New Braunfels office keeps track of Boerne and Kendall County weather.