The weather station at the Graham Municipal Airport is again off-line for the second time in less than a month, this time since July 10, but reports from state that Graham received .65 inches of rain just after noon on Thursday.

However, some residents in and around Graham reported as much as 3.5 inches of rainfall at their property. County Judge John Bullock’s property is exactly one mile due west of the geographic center of Young County.

“As I traveled to Wichita Falls for a regular monthly meeting, I stopped by (his residence) on my way to Wichita Falls and checked the gauge at 8 a.m. It displayed 2.5 inches which occurred in approximately a two-hour time frame, and it was still raining.”

Reports from Weather Underground and the weather station closest to Lakes Graham and Eddleman showed 3.37 inches once the clouds cleared and the rain subsided.

On Friday morning, City Manager David Casteel told a contingent of visiting media professionals at the Young County Arena that Thursday’s rainfall added almost 11 inches to the lake levels and joked that if the conference participants brought this kind of rain every time, they were welcome to Graham every weekend.

There have been several rain events in and around Graham since mid June, and according to Casteel, that has made some difference this summer from years past.

“So far we are trending less evaporation and use than last summer,” he said. “Raw water take for use is down 20 percent from the average of 2012 and 2013 for June. I feel that we are closer to a normal evaporation year than the record years of 2011, 2012 and 2013.”

Read the entire story in this weekend's Graham Leader.