Last week saw a three-fold increase in drought across the state, as dry conditions spread across eastern and central portions of Texas, the Texas Water Development said Monday in its weekly water report. Locally, this week’s report saw the return of “abnormally dry” conditions in Grayson County and “moderate drought” to Cooke, Collin and Fannin Counties.


“In the last week, drought continued to expand and intensify across the state,” TWDB hydrologist Mark Wetzel said in the latest report. “Scattered pockets of drought in the south, center and northeast now cover 9 percent of the state. A third of the state is abnormally dry, in danger of slipping into drought in the next few weeks.”


This week’s report saw abnormally dry conditions cover the entirety of Grayson County after weeks of it being the only county in Texoma that was not completely “abnormally dry.” Likewise, “moderate drought” was seen in southern portions of Cooke County, northeastern portions of Collin County and across South Fannin County.


The region’s latest dry spell follows a record-breaking end to the summer for Grayson County, as portions of the region experienced the wettest August on record. Officials with the National Weather Service said portions of Sherman received more than 13 inches of rain for the month.


Following one of the wettest months on record, the region went through one of the driest, as the same areas that received record breaking rains in August received less than a tenth of an inch in September. While conditions improved in October, with Sherman receiving more than 3.6 inches of rain, this was still well below the 5.29 inches it is expected to see for October.


NWS Meteorologist Juan Hernandez said the Sherman co-op weather station has received just 0.05 inches of rainfall for November so far. Normally, it would record about 1.8 inches by this point in November, and 3.7 inches for the month.


Despite the dry conditions, Hernandez said the region could see some relief on Wednesday and Thursday as storms are expected to enter the region. The Sherman-Denison area is predicted to have a 30 percent chance of rain on both days, with about a half inch of rainfall expected. Following this, Hernandez said he expected conditions to dry out Friday, with temperatures rising into the upper 70s.