What is in this article?:
- Late spring rains bring only â€˜slight improvementâ€™ to Southwest drought status
- Need more rain
- 95 percent of the Texas in some phase of drought.
- Situation worse than a year ago.
- Oklahoma cotton off to rough start.
Even after several recent rainfall events in some parts of the Southwest, much of the region remains in what seems to be a never-ending drought.
The most recent update from the Texas Water Development Board shows 95 percent of the state in some phase of drought.
Significant parts of the state continue to suffer from the most severe drought categories—extreme or exceptional. Much of the Texas Panhandle and large segments of deep South Texas remain in those phases. Much of the central part of the state is classified as severe drought.
Only a few counties in East and Northeast Texas are considered out of drought status, according to the latest drought monitor.
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Conditions across the state are actually worse than they were a year ago when 90 percent of the state was considered in drought. But the situation is slightly improved from three months ago when 96 percent of the state was classified in drought conditions.
“The most recent drought outlook is promising for East Texas,” the latest report said. “Most of that area is predicted to be out of drought within three months. The situation in West Texas is more dire with “continuing and developing drought.”
Recent reports from Texas AgriLife Extension IPM agents show how widespread the drought is.
Clyde Crumley, IPM agent for the Texas Upper Gulf Coast Region, says conditions remain mostly dry in his area. “The hot, dry weather pattern that has settled in over this part of southeastern Texas is continuing with oppressive high temperatures noted daily,” Crumley said in his most recent crop update.
“The widely scattered showers that we are experiencing are welcomed; however, the key word here is ‘widely’ and if you are fortunate enough to be under the right clouds then count yourself as lucky.”