As portions of South Texas continue to dry out following Hurricane Harvey, the state of Texas remains mostly drought free, the Texas Water Development Board said in its weekly water report Monday. The report found that only 0.8 percent of the state remains in a state of drought.
“While the upper Gulf Coast continues to drain and recover from Harvey, abnormally dry conditions expanded in South Texas and the lower Rio Grande Valley with a slight dab of severe drought appearing in Hidalgo County,” Robert Mace, TWDB deputy executive water science and conservation administrator, said. “Drought conditions in South Texas are expected to persist through the month.”
In addition to the normal report, the TWDB also included an update on soil moisture across the state. The update found that the soil moisture for the majority of east and northeast Texas remains above normal following Hurricane Harvey in late August, and the wettest August on record for Grayson County.
Despite the unseasonably wet August, September is off to a dry start, the National Weather Service said. As of Monday, a weather co-op station in Sherman has recorded only 0.02 inches of rain, Meteorologist Lee Carlaw said.
“We got something of a reprieve from a pretty darn soggy end to summer,” he said.
For the remainder of the week, Carlaw predicted that conditions would remain dry despite the remnants of Hurricane Irma moving west. This moisture will likely be kept out of North Texas by a high pressure ridge that typically keeps the region dry this time of year.