Late-April rains eased drought conditions for parts of the state this past week, however, heavy drought still remains in others, the Texas Water Development Board said Monday in its weekly water report. This week’s report found that just under half the state is affected by some form of drought.
“Thanks to scattered rainfall the previous week, the latest drought map has good and bad news,” TWDB Hydrologist Mark Wentzel said in the report. “The area of the state impacted by drought declined 4 percentage points. At the same time, exceptional drought, the most severe category, expanded from Foard into Hardeman, Cottle, King and surrounding counties.”
Since early March, Texoma has remained drought free following an unseasonably wet end to February that saw more than eight inches of rainfall inundate portions of Grayson County. Still portions of the county have been relatively dry in the months following, officials with the National Weather Service said.
For the month of May, which is historically the wettest month of the year, a weather co-op station in Sherman has recorded 0.8 inches of rainfall. Based on previous years, the same weather station should expect more than five inches of rain for the month, NWS officials said.
A weather station at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field has recorded 0.16 inches of rain, but data from the station is missing for multiple days, officials said.
Meteorologist Jesse Moore said there was originally chances for rain later this week, but the forecast has mostly cleared until early next week, Moore said.
“We had some showers that moved from Oklahoma, but as they approached us, they politely died,” he said. “This is supposed to be our wet time of the year, but so far it is not looking that way.”
Even when storms enter the region next week, Moore said there is only about a 20 percent chance for rain starting Monday evening, with greater rainfall occurring to the west. The low chances for rain will remain until about Wednesday, Moore said.