East Texas Drought Expanding Across the State

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The Texas Water Development Board has reported the drought coverage across Texas has jumped from 6% to 11% in only a week. Now, 15 or more East Texas counties are in severe and moderate conditions.

Thankfully, My Plainview writes, “Statewide reservoir storage is 84 percent full, 5 percentage points above normal for this time of year.” But storage is reducing rapidly. In only a week, Lake Meredith and Lake Mackenzie are down .1%, and Lake Alan Henry dropped .4%.

The U.S. Drought Monitor provides a great resource and map to understand where the lack of rain is hitting most Texans. They write that 3,212,003 people in the Lone Star State are currently living in drought conditions. Click on the link to see how drought percentages have changed throughout the year, and stay tuned as statistics are updated accurately and often.

The future forecast for the weekend isn’t out just yet, but a high-pressure system is expected to move through starting Friday, so hopefully Texans will get some much-needed relief. Also, a cold front is anticipated to arrive on Wednesday, giving many people the November weather they were hoping for.