July 27th was the 207th day of 2007. Amazingly, at least one Mesonet station recorded measurable precip on 179 of those first 207 days.
Perhaps even more amazingly, drought-stricken 2006 recorded 142 such days during the comparable time period, which was WAY more than expected during a time of drought.
The big difference? During 2006, on those days when rain was observed,
an average of 31 stations reported it. In 2007, that average has bumped up to 45.
In other words, when it rained in 2007, it covered about 50% more area than the average 2006 rain event.