Southwest farmers and ranchers will have their eyes on the skies this week as weather reports indicate lower temperatures and good chances of rain covering much of the region.

If predictions hood, the next drought report could reflect some improvement over the latest, which shows little change from last week.

About 61 percent of Texas remains in moderate to exceptional drought with about 27 percent transitioning either into or out of drought. A section on the eastern “bulge” of Texas near the Louisiana State line shows up as drought free, along with a small spot on the Western edge of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

A large swath in the upper Panhandle remains in extreme to exceptional drought status. The rest of the Panhandle and much of the Rolling Plains continues in severe drought status. Far West Texas is in better shape with mostly moderate or just abnormally dry status.

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