Recent rains in late January brought relief to drought throughout much of the state, the Texas Water Development Board said Monday in its weekly drought report. This precipitation reduced the percentage of the state experiencing a drought down to just 3 percent this week.
“Last week brought us a two-thirds reduction in abnormally dry conditions in the Panhandle and Northeast Texas; however, drought conditions expanding in the Corpus Christi and Lower Rio Grande Valley areas,” Robert Mace, TWDB deputy executive water science and conservation administrator, said.
“Drought is expected to remain and expand in the Corpus Christi and Lower Rio Grande Valley areas at least through April,” he added.
Earlier this month, the TWDB reported that Lamar County was experiencing “extreme drought” with neighboring counties experiencing “severe” and “moderate drought.” These conditions have since improved to just severe and moderate drought in the latest report.
Locally, Grayson County is not considered in a state of drought, but the TWDB classified it as “abnormally dry” in the latest report.
For the month of January, the city of Sherman received about 2.16 inches of rainfall — less than a quarter inch below normal levels, National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Hoeth said. He added that this was within the margin of error and natural variance and did not represent a major shortfall in rain totals.
Hoeth said weather for the region is expected to remain mild for the next week, with temperatures dropping off into the mid 50s. The next chance for rainfall this week will be Thursday or Friday with an even higher chances early next week.
Looking ahead to later this year, the TWDB said it expected normal rainfall for Grayson County from May through July. Regions to the east are expected to see a slightly higher chance for increased rainfall for the same time period.