Recent rainfall improved Texas drought status but reservoir levels remain low.
Less than 5 percent of Texas remains in either extreme or exceptional drought status following recent beneficial rainfall.
But reservoir levels remain below 50 percent capacity, according to the latest drought monitor report from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).
Two relatively small areas, in far West Texas and across the state on Texas/Louisiana line, show no drought.
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Latest report shows 94 percent of the state remains in some stage of drought, mostly moderate. That’s up a point from last week but down from three months ago when 99 percent of the state was rated in drought status. Last year at this time, 83 percent of the state was considered in drought. One of Texas’ current hot spots, west of Wichita Falls over to Vernon and up to the Oklahoma state line, has been extremely dry. The Southwest corner of Oklahoma, the Altus area, remains in extreme to exceptional drought and Lake Lugert, from which farmers receive irrigation water, is at 12 percent of capacity. The water district has not released any irrigation water for the district the past two years.
Weekend rainfall dropped significant amounts of moisture over much of Texas, but amounts in the High Plains was hit and miss according to local sources. Some reported as much as 1.5 inches and others report no significant rainfall.