An unseasonably wet start to July brought relief to drought and drought-like conditions across Texoma, the Texas Water Development Board said in its most recent weekly water report. The report showed no drought conditions in Grayson County and only “abnormally dry” conditions in Fannin County.
The report found that only 6 percent of the state, holding steady from last week, remains in a state of drought.
“Drought conditions have crept upward over the past two weeks to about 6 percent of the state,” Robert Mace, TWDB deputy executive water science and conservation administrator, said in the report. “Severe drought now appears in two places in the Texas Panhandle: the Wheeler area and the Paducah area. Small blotches of moderate drought tarnish west, central and south Texas.”
The local relief from drought comes following early-July storms that brought the region close to or over its normal rainfall for the entire month. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Godwin said North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field has received 2.1 inches of rain so far this month while weather co-op station in Sherman received 2.95 inches. In an average year, the co-op regularly records 2.65 inches of rain for the month of July, he said.
“Interestingly, it is already over that and we aren’t even halfway through July yet,” Godwin said.
By comparison, Godwin said a weather station at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport received 2.74 inches of rain during the first eight days of the month. That put it more than a half-inch above the average of 2.17 inches for the month.
Godwin said the next chance for rain will likely come over the weekend with scattered storms expected Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Godwin said there was only a 30 percent chance for rain, but said the storms that come from this system will likely be similar to those that hit the region last weekend. With this wave of storms, Godwin said rainfall of one to two inches of precipitation is possible.