Drought and abnormally dry conditions have been virtually eliminated throughout the state following Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Water Development Board said in its weekly water report Wednesday. The report found that only 1 percent of the state of Texas remains in a drought.
“From a water-resource perspective, the hurricane and tropical storms forms of Harvey eliminated drought and filled reservoirs in the impact area,” Robert Mace, TWDB deputy executive water science and conservation administrator, said in the report. “Harvey extinguished coastal drought conditions in much of the state; however, drought remains — and abnormally dry conditions expanded — in south Texas and the lower Rio Grande Valley.”
The report included rainfall totals throughout the state, including areas that were affected by the hurricane last week. The map highlights any areas with 20 or more inches of rain in gray — however, some areas received significantly more rainfall.
“Harvey dropped record amounts of rain on the state, with large area centered on Houston receiving more than 20 inches, and some locations receiving more than 50 inches,” Mace said. “The falloff of rainfall outside Harvey’s path is steep, which is why drought remains in the valley and why Choke Canyon Reservoir upstream from Corpus Christi still remains only a third full.”
For the month of August, the National Weather Service recorded 17.10 inches of rain at a co-op weather station in Sherman, making it the wettest August on record for the site. By comparison, it normally sees little over two inches throughout the month, Meteorologist Jason Godwin said.
So far for the month of September, the same weather station has only recorded 0.02 inches of rain, Godwin said, adding that the forecast calls for dry weather for the next week.
“There could be rain chances mixed in there, but at least for the next few days there is little chance for major rain.”
Godwin said he expected temperatures to remain below normal, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s for the next several days before ramping back up to normal.