On This Day in Texas South Plains Weather History

November 30th

2000 (Monthly Summary): Average to above average precipitation continued across the South Plains, the extreme southern Panhandle, and the Rolling Plains in November resulting in improved soil moisture during the month. However, the effects of this year's drought became better understood after year-end agricultural reports were completed. These reports, compiled by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service at Texas A&M University, indicated that total crop damage across the Texas South Plains area may have been about $515 million due to the drought in 2000. This figure is based on the total cash value of all crops in 2000, compared to the average of the same figure from 1998 and 1999. Cotton is the dominant crop in this region of the state, and not surprisingly, it accounted for roughly 70 percent ($365 million) of the losses this year. Significant losses were also suffered in the wheat ($75 million), grain sorghum ($40 million), and corn ($15 million) crops. Added irrigation costs that were directly related to the drought were estimated at an additional $20 million across the South Plains area this year.

2001 (Monthly Summary): The long-term drought that developed across the South Plains, extreme southern Texas Panhandle, and Rolling Plains early this summer eased during the month of November as a period of widespread and very heavy rainfall during the middle of the month produced upwards of six inches of rain across the region. The NWS cooperative observer near Paducah measured 6.36 inches of precipitation during the month while the observer in Post recorded 5.86 inches and the observer near White River Lake received 5.19 inches. The ASOS unit at the Lubbock International Airport measured 3.45 inches of precipitation during the month, making November 2001 the wettest November on record in Lubbock since 1911. A widespread snow event toward the end of the month also contributed to improved soil moisture. Unfortunately, these rains fell too late for crops as heat stress had already taken its toll during the summer months.

2004 (Monthly Summary): November 2004 went down in the record books as the wettest November on record for the South Plains area. Lubbock International Airport measured 5.80 inches making it the greatest amount for November since records began in 1911. The previous November record was 3.45 inches set in 2001.

2005 (Monthly Summary): After the 2nd wettest November on record the year prior, November 2005 finished with only a trace of rain at the Lubbock airport. This dry spell had already begun in early October 2005 and would be an omen of things to come for the winter ahead when wildfires would consume thousands of acres of land in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains.

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Event entries are comprised primarily of significant or noteworthy weather events that occurred within the NWS Lubbock forecast area. In some cases, historic events from neighboring NWS forecast offices and even a few unique astronomical events are included. Except where noted, the majority of this information was obtained from official NCDC Storm Data publications.