Scattered but timely summer rains have improved the drought status for some areas in Texas, but 97 percent of the state remains in drought and reservoir levels continue to decline.
Rainfall has improved crop conditions in some areas but the latest Seasonal Drought Outlook shows a “mixed bag,” in its projection into November with some improvement in the Far West, the High Plains and North and East Texas. The Far West is mostly “out of drought,” according to the weekly report from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). South and Central Texas has seen little improvement.
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Currently, 97 percent of the state remains in drought. That is unchanged from last week and from 3 months back. At this time last year, 89 percent of the state was in drought status.
Reservoir levels also continue to drop, although the TWDB reports some improvement in some areas.
“Of the 119 reservoirs the TWDB tracks, 25 are at less than 25 percent full,” the report says, “and 16 are below 10 percent full.”
Statewide, reservoir levels average 61 percent full, down from 62 percent a week ago, 66 percent three months ago and 70 percent this time last year. Typically, reservoir levels are at 82 percent during this time of year.