Drought All But Erased In North Texas

Chris Sommer
September 27, 2018 - 12:32 pm

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Record rains in September have all but wiped out the drought conditions in North Texas.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Lamont Bain said, "The rain that we've seen so far, and it's been above normal in terms of the rainfall, has essentially moved us from the severe drought category to, basically, no drought for portions of Tarrant and Dallas counties."

The latest map from the United States Drought Monitor reflects a drastic change from where we were just weeks ago.  During the second half of summer, most of North Texas was in severe or extreme drought.  As of the latest update Thursday, most of Dallas, Tarrant, Johnson, Rockwall and Collin counties were nearly drought-free.  There are portions of Wise, Denton, Ellis, Parker and Kaufman counties that currently fall into the "abnormally dry" category.

And for those areas that could still use a bit more rain, there is more on the way.  Bain said, "As we head into Saturday and even into Sunday, we'll see around a 20 to 30 percent chance for showers, and maybe a few thunderstorms.  And those low rain chances will actually linger into early next week."

And after several weeks of lightning-related delays and cancellations for high school football, good weather is expected for Friday night's games in North Texas.

Online: Texas Drought Map