Despite some drought improvements across the state, last week saw conditions degrade for some areas already afflicted with drought, the Texas Water Development Board said Monday in its weekly water report. This week’s report saw the percent of the state affected by drought increase from 44 percent to 50 percent.


“The recent drought map shows improvement of drought conditions in parts of the state, notable in and around Jones County,” TWDB Hydrologist Mark Wentzel said. “But more areas saw worsening drought conditions, particularly the panhandle and South, Coastal and East Texas.”


Locally, conditions remained mostly unchanged over the previous week, with the majority of the region classified as “abnormally dry.” While this classification doesn’t signify a full-scale drought, conditions could continue to deteriorate without additional rain.


While Grayson, Collin and Cooke counties were predominantly abnormally dry in the latest report, the majority of Fannin remained completely drought free with the exception of a small cell on the western portion of the county. Collin county saw the only full drought in the area, with a small area of “moderate drought” in the county’s southwest corner.


Historically, June is among the wettest months for Grayson County, however the region has only received 1.67 inches of rain for the month, Meteorologist Jason Godwin said. As the final third of the month approaches, Godwin said the best chance for rain will likely come Wednesday or Thursday.


Godwin said Wednesday will see a continuation of spotty showers that started Tuesday, with a 30 percent chance of rain, before giving way to strongest thunderstorms Thursday.


“We will see similar coverage Thursday, but instead of these light sprinkle showers, we might see more localized thunderstorms,” he said.