May 23, 2016
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.
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