As drought and drought-like conditions continue to spread across North Texas, Grayson County remains mostly drought-free, the Texas Water Development Board said Tuesday in its weekly drought report. In its latest update, the TWDB found that 4 percent of the state, up from 3 percent last week, is in a state of drought.
“Drought contracted in South Texas and remains in only one county in that area,” Robert Mace, TWDB deputy executive water science and conservation administrator, said in the report. “However, drought expanded elsewhere, now present in 21 counties in the northeast. The city of Longview received almost eight inches of precipitation in August, but less than one inch from September 1 to October 20.”
Locally, all of Cooke and Collin counties is classified as “abnormally dry” in the latest report. This classification does not mean that an area is in a full-scale drought. However, that could follow if conditions remain dry.
The majority of Fannin County was also classified as abnormally dry, but this week’s report also found patches of “moderate drought” in southeastern and northeast portions of the county.
While the majority of Grayson County remains drought-free, the water report recorded a small band of abnormally dry conditions along the Red River.
The latest dry spell follows a roller coaster of drought conditions in recent months. Earlier this summer, Grayson County saw the wettest August on record with more than 13.49 inches of rain recorded in Sherman. A month later, the same weather station recorded less than one-tenth of an inch of rain for the entire month of September.
However, the month of October has proved to be a wet month with 3.57 inches of rain on record in the city of Sherman, Matt Bishop, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Fort Worth forecast office, said Wednesday. This includes 1.42 inches of rain that fell during heavy storms that crossed the area late Saturday and early Sunday.
By comparison, the 30-year average for the region is about 4.04 inches, Bishop said.
As the month comes to a close, Bishop said there will be two more chances for noticeable rainfall as a cold front is expected to bring a slight chance of rain Thursday night. However, the greatest chance will come Tuesday, with a 30 percent chance of showers, Bishop said.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the waters of Lake Texoma stood at 618.64 inches — just over half a foot above the top of the seasonal conservation pool.