Despite an increase in drought elsewhere in the state, Texoma remained drought free for the second week in a row, the Texas Water Development Board said Monday in its weekly water report. This week’s update found that 8 percent of the state, up from 7 percent last week, is currently in a state of drought.
“The past week brought an uptick in drought conditions in Central Texas and a return of severe drought to the Panhandle,” Robert Mace, TWDB deputy executive water science and conservation administrator, said in the report. “Dry conditions have placed much of the Edward Aquifer under Stage 1 drought restrictions. Due to low reservoir levels, Corpus Christi is also under Stage 1 drought restrictions.”
Locally, no drought conditions were found in Texoma. While Grayson County has remained drought free for nearly a month, the TWDB reported “abnormally dry” conditions in Fannin County three weeks ago. Last week, marked the first time in more than six months that the region had been fully drought-free.
Over the weekend, the National Weather Service reported between one and 2.1 inches of rainfall from storms that inundated the region Sunday night. On the Facebook page for the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management, residents posted unofficial reports of up to 4.5 inches from Sunday’s storms.
NWS Meteorologist Steven Fano said the weather service has recorded 5.1 inches of rainfall for the month of July at a weather station at North Texas Regional Airport. A second weather station, located at a Sherman co-op site, recorded 4.84 inches for the month. Based on the 30-year average, the region is expected to see around 2.62 inches of precipitation for the month.
Fano said that given the low expected rainfall for July, it isn’t unheard of for areas to get significantly more rainfall and called July a very wet month for the region.
“All this said, I would not be surprised to see the rain total go up further,” he said. “It is difficult to say how much, but another half inch to an inch is possible.”
As the week progresses, Fano said he expects the upper level ridge over the region to drift toward the four-corners region, opening the possibility for more thunderstorms later this week. The chances for rainfall are expected to hit their peak late Friday and into Saturday.
In addition to the weekly data, the water board included an update on the state’s major municipal reservoir storage systems. As of Tuesday afternoon, the conservation pool stood at 717.73 feet, or 96.51 percent full. Anything above 618.43 feet enters into the the lake’s flood pool.
“Reservoirs for major cities in the northeastern part of the state are in good shape while storage in much of the rest of the state is around 50 percent or lower,” Mace said in the update.