As Texas enters into one of the hottest and driest parts of the year, Texoma remains drought free, the Texas Water Development Board said Monday in its weekly water report. Despite the good news in Texoma, the board reported that 10 percent of the state is currently experiencing some form of drought.
“Drought conditions improved in the Panhandle, but deteriorated in Central, South-Central, and South Texas,” Robert Mace, TWDB deputy executive water science and conservation administrator, said in the report.
Monday’s report marks the fourth consecutive week that the region has remained drought free, according to TWDB reports. Grayson County was found to be drought free nearly five weeks ago, however, Fannin County was still described as “abnormally dry” but not in a state of full-scale drought.
This followed an unseasonable wet July in which parts of the region saw more than double the monthly average for rainfall. The National Weather Service reported nearly 5.1 inches of rain at a weather co-op station near Sherman; the region normally sees 2.6 inches of rain for the month of July.
Similarly, August has gotten off to a wet start, Meteorologist Patricia Sanchez said Monday. For the first six days of the month, a weather station at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field recorded about 0.65 inches of rainfall. By comparison, the region normally sees about 2.05 inches of precipitation, she said.
Sanchez said August typically is one of the driest months of the year, and the region normally will see the majority of the rainfall in one, large storm. However, Sanchez predicted that the region could see storms for days to come. Sanchez attributed the unseasonable weather to a shift in an upper-level ridge that historically keeps storms from developing over the region.
For the weekend, Sanchez said the chance for rain would persist with the highest chances of rainfall, 40 percent, coming on Sunday and Monday.
In addition to the weekly update, Mace also gave a brief update on the statewide reservoir system. Despite the summer heat, the majority of the lakes remain above where they should be for this time of year. As of Monday, Lake Texoma’s conservation pool stood at 616.67 feet, or 94.93 percent full.
“Statewide reservoir storage has declined since mid-June, but the among of the decline is typical for the Texas summer,” Mace said. “Statewide reservoir storage remains above normal for this time of year.”