Drought conditions persist across 47 percent of Texas, down a percentage point from last week but also showing the first spot of exceptional drought since back in May.
That lone dark spot shows up in East Central Texas and is surrounded by a fairly large band of extreme drought, according to the latest drought monitor map from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). A growing splotch of drought ranging from severe to extreme extends from the Northeast corner down into South Central Texas and Westward into the Rolling Plains. Far West and Deep South Texas remain in either drought-free or moderately dry status.
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Drought condition a year ago was rated 48 percent in moderate to exceptional drought. Three months ago the state was drought-free, according to TWDB numbers.
Also of concern is the growing number of counties with burn bans, currently at 148 and mostly coinciding with the areas in drought status although several counties in the Far West, the High Plains and South Texas are also under burn bans.
Reservoir levels are also lower than normal for this time of the year.