2015 was Texas’ wettest year on record

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas saw hail storms, floods, tornadoes, blizzards and even an acute summer drought this year. And, according to official numbers through November and federal estimates for December, it all adds up to 2015 being the state’s wettest since record-keeping began in 1895.

State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon tells the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1mq2x5I ), “I’ve called this year’s climate ‘Texas’ wild ride.”

Preliminary figures show weekend rains that accompanied a North Texas tornado outbreak dropped an average of 1.3 inches across the state. That brings the statewide yearly rainfall total to 41.39 inches, surpassing 40.22 inches in 1941 and 39.45 inches in 1919 for the top spot on the rankings.