The latest Texas drought report indicates that 67 percent of the state remains in drought ranging from moderate to exceptional. That’s a slight improvement over last week but long-term forecast continues to suggest “continuing and developing drought for much of the state.”
The report also noted a slight increase in reservoir storage (10,000 acre-feet) and the slight decrease, 1.5 percent, in the amount of the state in exceptional drought status.
“The latest U.S. Drought Outlook looks better than the last one,” the report stated, “particularly in South and Far West Texas. That map indicates drought persists or intensifying through much of the West, from Texas, across New Mexico and into Arizona; north into parts of Oklahoma, Colorado and Kansas; and west covering much of California, Nevada and Oregon.
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Compared to last year at this time, the Texas drought covers 9 percent less of the state, 67 percent compared to 76 percent. Last week, drought covered 68 percent of the state. But conditions have worsened over the last three months, up from 47 percent.
Some areas of the Southwest have received precipitation over the last few weeks but reports of snow, ice and sleet have been scattered and accumulations inadequate to break the drought cycle across much of the region.