Drought intensifies in East Texas in late summer

Drought intensifies in East Texas in late summer

Relief from the drought is expected this fall.

Drought has begun to creep back into Texas with some areas in East and East Central Texas in severe drought stage.

Much of the eastern half of the state, however, remains no worse than abnormally dry with patches of moderate drought. A small spot in deep South Texas is showing abnormally dry conditions. The rest of the state remains drought free, according to the latest Texas Water Development Board weekly moisture report.

The report also indicates that reservoirs in East Texas are still in good shape.

Relief from the drought is expected this fall.

The numbers show 18 percent of the state in moderate to severe drought. That’s up from 5 percent last week, 23 percent three months ago and 58 percent this time last year.

Rainfall over the last 30 days in the eastern half of the state has been well below normal, the weekly report indicates. Significant areas of the state have received less than 5 percent of normal rainfall.

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