Drought, thanks to rainfall across most of the state, improved last week, following several weeks of continuing worsening conditions.
The latest Drought Monitor report from the Texas Water Development board shows 73 percent of the state now in moderate to exceptional drought. That’s down 10 percentage points from last week but is almost 20 points above three months ago.
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Last year at this time 91 percent of the state was in moderate to exceptional drought status.
More promising news comes with the improved odds of an El Nino event this year. Chances improved to 65 percent.
Reservoir levels remain a concern with statewide supply at 66 percent. That’s up only one point from last week following some heavy rains in parts of the state. Three months ago the state’s reservoirs were 64 percent full and were 66 percent full a year ago. Normal reservoir level for this time of year is 86 percent full.