With all of the recent rain in Central Texas, we've had a lot of people call and email into the Doppler 10 Forecast Center, asking us how much it's rained. Here are some ways you can get that information:
Rainfall Since Midnight
We have an image on our weather page that updates several times an hour with rainfall totals at several local airports. It's worth noting, however, that not all of the sites pictured will report rainfall totals, even if it rains (a limitation of the equipment at those sites).
Waco Climate Summary
This report is typically issued twice a day: first just after 4 pm, and again just before 2 am the following day. The summary contains information about the official high, low, and precipitation as observed that day at Waco's Regional Airport. It also provides information on averages, records, and sunset/sunrise times.
Monthly Climate Data
These reports come in table form, and provide highs, lows, rainfall amounts, and other useful information for both the current and previous months. In Central Texas, these reports are available for Waco and Temple.
Regional Temp & Precip Summary
This data is provided by COOP observers - volunteers who provide the National Weather Service with weather information where automated systems are unavailable. Some sites report only report rainfall; other sites give both precipitation and temperature information. Reports are usually sorted by county.
Radar Precipitation Analysis
This is a neat website that allows you to look at the radar-estimated precipitation across the entire United States. The link above will take you to a map featuring Central and North Texas. By using the menus below the image, you can change the time period you want to view (you can view monthly rainfall maps from as early as 2005), view the observed, normal, or departure from normal precipitation, and look at rainfall maps for other parts of the country.
The National Weather Service is responsible for keeping official weather records. Our local weather service office in Fort Worth maintains a climate page that can serve as a jumping-off point for finding more local weather information. If you can't find something there, point your web browser to the National Climate Data Center, which maintains an archive of U.S. weather records dating back to the 19th century!