Texoma remained in a drought-like state last week while other portions of the state received a reprieve from drought conditions, the Texas Water Development Board said in its weekly water report. The board found that 2 percent, down from 4 percent last week, of the state remains in a state of drought.
“Rains that traveled through the center of the state resulted in a major improvement in statewide drought conditions,” Robert Mace, TWDB deputy executive water science and conservation administrator, said in the report. “Where drought remains — in the lower Rio Grande Valley and Northeast Texas — moderate drought conditions expanded slightly.”
“Thankfully, (Hurricane) Nate missed Texas; however, hurricane season extends to the end of November with the peak season extending to the end of this month,” he continued.
Locally, Fannin, Grayson Cooke and Collin counties remained in a state of “abnormally dry” conditions. This classification does not place the region in a drought.
The region has already received some reprieve from what was an abnormally dry September. Meteorologist Jesse Moore said a co-op weather station in Sherman has received 2.15 inches of rain for the month of October. By comparison, the same weather station received 0.02 inches of rain in September.
This puts the region on track to receive the average 5.29 inches of rain expected for the month, Moore said.
Moore said temperatures are expected to rise into the 80s through Saturday, when a second cold front will move into the region, dropping high temperatures into the 70s through the middle of next week.
This cold front will also bring a 20 percent chance of rain Saturday that will increase to 40 percent Sunday morning, Moore said.