Drought Conditions Improve In North Texas

Chris Sommer
August 16, 2018 - 3:32 pm

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DALLAS (KRLD) - What a difference one week can make.

Just seven days ago, just about every county in the Dallas-Fort Worth region was seeing extreme drought conditions.  Today, that number is down to zero.

According to the latest map from the United States Drought Monitor, the recent rains put a major dent in the drastically-dry conditions we had seen much of the summer.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Lamont Bain says we usually don't see much rain in August, but we got lucky this year.  Bain said, "Typically, we see around .8 inches of rain, at least through this portion of August.  So, we actually saw for the month so far, 2.09 inches of rain.  So, pretty far above normal."

Last week, extreme drought conditions were noted in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Johnson, Ellis, Kaufman, Parker and Wise Counties.  On the current map, most of Tarrant, Denton, Parker, Wise and Johnson Counties are upgraded to severe drought.  The situation is even better in Dallas, Collin, Kaufman and Ellis Counties, which are now in moderate drought.  

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows just a handful of counties in North and Central Texas remaining in extreme drought, including McLennan County.  Conditions are measured on a six-tier scale, ranging from no drought to exceptional drought.