The State of Texas saw a record number of weather-related events in 2015, including hail, floods, and tornadoes and droughts, and saw record amount of rainfall.
For the Washington County area, Brenham saw a total of a little more than 79 inches of rain last year. Normal rainfall is around 44 inches.
Weather experts says that the unusual global weather patterns, as well as pointing out that global warming effects caused an increase in downpours in the state, and have been on the increase for forty years.
El Nino is also being cited as a reason for the more intense storms. About every three to twelve years, water on the surface of the Pacific Ocean gets so warm that it heats the air above it, which rises in massive columns, thwarting the typical flow of atmospheric currents.
Weather experts say that this year’s El Nino is the strongest in many years.