Despite drought relief elsewhere in the state, Texoma remained relatively dry over the past week, the Texas Water Development Board said in its weekly water report. The report found that 47 percent, down from 50 percent the previous week, of the state remains in a state of drought.
“Recent rains reduced the intensity of drought in the Panhandle and along the Texas coast,” TWDB Hydrologist Mark Wentzel said. “Since June 12, Amarillo has received two inches of rainfall — more than in the previous six months. Large areas of the coast have seen five or more inches of precipitation.”
This week’s report saw conditions improve in the panhandle in the area affected by “extreme” and “exceptional” drought — the two most severe categories. Meanwhile, locally the majority of Texoma was described as “abnormally dry” in the report. Only Fannin County, which saw a small dry cell on its eastern border, remained fully clear in the report.
While the “abnormally dry” classification does not indicate a drought, conditions could deteriorate into a full-scale drought without additional rainfall.
Despite being traditionally one of the wettest months of the year, June 2018 has proven to be unseasonably dry, officials with the National Weather Service said Tuesday. This trend is expected to continue through the remainder of the month and the start of July.
“Unfortunately, the rain chances seem to be at an end for the foreseeable future,” NWS Meteorologist Lee Carlaw said Tuesday.
For the month of June, a weather co-op station in Sherman recorded just 2.31 inches of rain, putting 2018 well under the average of more than four inches of rainfall.
Carlaw said the only chance for rain would come Tuesday night when a storm system is Oklahoma was expected to bring thunderstorms, but he said it likely would not reach Texoma. Following that, the next best chance for the area will come Sunday, with a 20 percent chance of showers, he said.