Drought conditions remained steady throughout most of the state, however drought intensified last week for portions of Northeast Texas, the Texas Water Development Board said in its weekly report. Locally, this included portions of Fannin County classified as experiencing an “extreme drought.”
“The past week resulted in a down tick in drought conditions in the Panhandle and an uptick in Northeast Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley,” Robert Mace, TWDB deputy executive water science and conservation administrator, said. “Rainfall over the past weekend and this week should serve to decrease drought conditions in the Panhandle and Northeast Texas.”
Data for the report was collected late last week, so rainfall totals over last weekend would be reflected in the next water report.
The water board reported that about 6 percent of the state was in a state of drought, similar to the previous week.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service Fort Worth office said North Texas saw between one and three inches of rain last weekend, with the majority of Texoma seeing about two inches of precipitation. Heavier rainfall, topping six inches in some places, was seen in southern portions of the state, including Houston.
“We’ve even seen patches in North Texas of over four inches,” Meteorologist Jason Godwin said.
Despite the heavy rainfall in the region over the weekend, Godwin said the storms did not do much damage or cause any flooding concerns.
Locally, Fannin County was described as experiencing “extreme,” “severe” and “moderate” droughts, while the majority of Grayson County was described as “abnormally dry,” but not in a state of drought.
Godwin said there were slight chances for scattered storms this weekend. While these storms are not expected to be severe, he said they could produce heavy rain and winds. Temperatures are expected to drop into the low 50s Tuesday with isolated freezing possible overnight.