After months of dry weather that left farmers and their crops around the South Texas area devastated, total rainfall for the month of November finished above average, with higher totals expected in the coming months.
Tony Merriman, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said total rainfall for the month of November finished at 3.85 inches, more than double the normal rainfall total of 1.74 that is usually expected this time of year.
This week, rainfall has been falling pretty consistently as temperatures have dipped into the low 50s, forcing residents throughout Nueces County to don both sweaters and umbrellas. Clouds have also made their presence known throughout the week, as well.
"There is a pretty stong upper level storm system over west Texas right now and what that's doing is generating a lot of the precipitation and overcast conditions over South Texas," Merriman said.
The cause of the wet weather is also being blamed on the appearance of El Nino, Merriman said.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, El Nino is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere system in the Tropical Pacific, which has important consequences for weather and climate conditions around the globe.
"Usually, going into the winter months, those are normally dry months," Merriman said. "Basically, El Nino has pretty much kicked in…and we're expecting above average rainfall for the winter season."
The rest of the week is expected to remain pretty much the same, he added, since another upper level system is set to push its way through the area on Friday.