The Texas Water Development Board told a tale of two sides of Texas when it released its weekly water report. While some portions of the state are still reeling from heavy rains following Hurricane Harvey, others experience a growing drought following an unseasonably dry September.
“Our dry, post-Harvey September continued through last week across Texas,” Robert Mace, TWDB deputy executive water science and conservation administrator, said in the report. “This is good news for the Harvey-ravaged southeastern part of the state — the last thing those folks need is more rain.”
However, other portions of the state, including the southern border, are experiencing a drought, Mace said. Currently, 21 percent of the state, up from 8 percent last week, is experiencing abnormally-dry conditions, or worse. The abnormally dry classification is used for areas that are currently unseasonably dry, but not to the point of a full-scale drought. The report found that 3 percent of the state, up from 2 percent last week, is currently in a state of drought.
Mace said that much of North and Central Texas is currently experiencing these dry conditions. As an example, Dallas is expected to have its driest September since 1895, he said.
“Much of the I-35 corridor has received less than a quarter inch of rainfall in September so far,” he said.
Meanwhile, in Texoma portions of the region have received as little as 0.01 inches of rain for the entire month, National Weather Service Meteorologist Bianca Villanueva said. Another weather station in Sherman has received only 0.02 inches for the entire month she said. Normally, the same station would see about 2.89 inches of rain in September.
Villanueva said chances for rain remain low for the coming days, but the greatest chance will come Wednesday and Thursday, when chances rise to 30 percent.