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Cloud-to-cloud lightning lights up the southern sky at the Martinez Park baseball field complex in Cotulla on Saturday evening, June 3. The storm did not produce much rain or wind but generated a memorable lightning show as it passed through town. (CURRENT photo: Amanda Brown-Snowden)
A series of intense storm systems have brought extraordinary weather effects to South Texas in recent weeks, notably over Frio and La Salle counties during the last week of April, for each week in May, and again in June. Evening displays of lightning and rainbows have signaled storm fronts before and after flash deluges. A bright arc descending over the Cotulla Cowgirls’ softball field scoreboard on the high school campus was contrasted recently against a threatening storm backdrop. Rainfall measurements have varied in different parts of South Texas, but totals for an all-night storm on a weekend in May alone exceeded two inches. Heavy precipitation across the region continued between May and June, and a pair of storm fronts passed over the region Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4. Frio County is reporting that rainfall totals for this year have now surpassed 13 inches for the first six months, while the county had only measured just over four inches of precipitation by the same time in 2022.