The state of Texas could end the month of May with no areas of drought, the Texas Water Development Board said in its weekly water report Tuesday. The board said only 1 percent of the state remains in a state of drought, with on a small portion of Texoma below normal.
“Drought conditions continued to improve in northeast Texas, but moderate drought has now formed in the area between Wichita Falls and Abilene where rainfall over the past 60 days has been less than half of normal,” Robert Mace, TWDB executive deputy water science and conservation administrator, said in the report.
“Moderate drought also expanded slightly in Cameron County near the mouth of the Rio Grande,” Mace continued.
Although only 1 percent of the state is in a drought, several other areas remain “abnormally dry.” For the TWDB report, these areas are not classified as a drought.
Locally, Grayson County is in no form or drought or “abnormally dry” for the first time in 2017. Additionally, Fannin County is considered “abnormally dry” with only a small portion in the southeast corner considered to be in “moderate drought.”
By comparison, the majority of the county was considered to be in an “extreme drought,” the second most severe category, early in 2017.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Juan Hernandez said a weather station at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field has only received about 0.03 inches of rain so far this month, but storms over the next two days could bring close to one inch of additional rain. The region normally receives about 5.32 inches of rain during May.
Following storms on Thursday, Hernandez said conditions are expected to dry out, with little chance for major rainfall for the next week.
“It will be more of a passing thunderstorm that will drop half an inch (of rain) and be gone,” he said.