Photo: The pavement was completely washed away as floodwaters crested over County Road 2125, also known as Mosher Lane, near Whitehouse on July 6.
July 2007 was the wettest and the third coolest July on record in Tyler.
Since January 1, 49.20 inches of rain has fallen. This is 197 percent of normal, 27.46 inches more than had fallen through July 31 2006, 10.80 inches more than fell during all of 2006, 24.86 inches more than fell in all of 2005, and 3.93 inches more than is normal for the entire year.
Area lakes and streams were all either full or in flood for most of the month.Every major river system - the Red, Sabine, Neches, and Trinity - was in flood stage throughout the entire month. The three smaller systems - the Sulphur, Navasota and Angelina - were in flood stage much of the month.
The excessive rain and cool temperatures are directly related. Frequent periods of rain and cloudiness along with very moist soils and green vegetation held down the thermometer.
Adapting to the damaging effects of climate change, plants are gradually moving to where temperatures are cooler, rainfall is greater, f...