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Almost drought-free, Texas shows only small patches of abnormally dry areasAlmost drought-free, Texas shows only small patches of abnormally dry areas

Only small area in Texas showing droughtTexas expected to be drought-free in August

Ron Smith 1

May 23, 2016

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<p>Limited field work was performed in the Texas High plains following recent rainfall.</p>

The latest Texas water monitor map is almost colorless. The entire state is depicted in white, meaning no drought, except for a few blips of yellow indicating abnormally dry spots.

The weekly update from the Texas Water Development Board also notes “only a mouse’s squeak of drought in Hemphill County.

“Recent rains across Texas have greatly improved drought conditions,” the report reads. Small “patches of abnormally dry conditions” show up in the Panhandle and Far West Texas, but the rest of the state “shows no sign of drought, coming or going.”

Only 0.1 percent of the state is considered in drought status, compared to 0.7 percent a week ago, 4 percent three months ago and 15 percent this time last year.

A larger, nation-wide map indicated Texas will be drought free in August with no indication of drought developing at that time. Oklahoma shows a similar outlook as does much of New Mexico, with one section in Western New Mexico indicating likely withdrawal of drought into the summer. Farther West, in Southern Arizona and throughout most of California, indications are that drought will intensify.  

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith 1

Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 40 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.

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