Drought conditions bounced back to covering half the state after a brief improvements in conditions in recent weeks, the Texas Water Development Board said Monday in its weekly water report. The report comes as Grayson County, and all of Texoma, is currently classified as experiencing a “moderate drought.”
“The latest drought map shows a 4 percentage point increase in the area of the state impacted by drought,” TWDB Hydrologist Mark Wentzel said in this week’s report. “Dry, hot conditions fueled drought expansion and intensification over a broad swath from Del Rio in the southwest, through Central Texas, to near Paris in the northeast.”
This week’s report saw the expansion of drought across the region, primarily within Grayson County. Last week, the report found that about half the county was described as experiencing a drought, with the other half described as “abnormally dry.” However, conditions have since escalated to a full-scale drought for the entire county.
Meanwhile to the south, conditions across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex remain in a state of heightened drought, with portions of the region described as in severe or “extreme drought.”
“During the past year, Dallas has experienced some unusual swings in monthly precipitation,” Wentzel said. “In February 2018, Dallas received a record amount of precipitation for that month. In April-May-June they received a record-low amount for that three-month period.”
With the end of the month, portions of Sherman received just 1.68 inches of rainfall despite several storms over the weekend, officials with the National Weather Service Fort Worth Office said. This is just under an inch below the normal average of 2.63 inches for the month.
Over the weekend, a co-op weather station in Sherman recorded just 0.21 inches of rain despite repeated storms in recent days, NWS Meteorologist Dennis Cain said.
With the start of August, Cain said meteorologists expect this dry situation to continue for the foreseeable future, with little chance for rain
“I think the chance of rain is basically zero through at least Aug. 8,” Cain said.
Cain attributed the lack of rain to high pressure systems to the west paired with low pressure to the west, resulting in a northwest flow that has limited rainfall for the region.
“It’s really part of the whole dry conditions that we’ve seen since spring,” he said. “I hope I am wrong, but I don’t expect to see much change soon.”