Despite expanding dry conditions across the state, parts of Texoma saw a reprieve from drought conditions last week, the Texas Water Development Board said Monday in its weekly water report. The report found that 5 percent of the state, up from 2 percent last week, is currently in a state of drought, with “abnormally dry” conditions also on the rise.
“Drought and abnormally dry conditions expanded last week in the High Plains and San Angela areas,” Robert Mace, TWDB deputy executive water science and conservation administrator, said. “Rains over the weekend, especially in West Texas, will probably knock drought down a notch this week.”
As the report was generated using data collected late last week, it does not reflect precipitation that occurred over the weekend. This rainfall is expected to be reflected in next week’s report.
Despite the increased drought across the state, conditions improved in Texoma with this last report. In Fannin County, the TWDB reported “moderate drought” in central, southern and southwestern portions of the county. Previously, the water board reported drought across the majority of Fannin, however western and eastern portions of the county have since been upgraded to “abnormally dry.”
Likewise, the latest report shows no drought conditions in Grayson County, while previous reports showed “abnormally dry” conditions across the county.
Meteorologist Jesse Moore said Grayson County has received between 3.65 inches and 5.1 inches of rain for the month of June. This measurement includes about 2.54 inches of rainfall that was recorded at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field over the weekend, he said. By comparison, Moore said the region normally receives about five inches of rainfall.
Moving forward with the week, Moore said the next chance for significant rainfall will likely occur overnight Friday when a cold front is expected to stall over Oklahoma. With it, Moore said the national weather service is predicting about a 40 percent chance of rain Friday night and into Saturday.