Much Of DFW Area Now "Abnormally Dry"

Chris Sommer
August 22, 2019 - 5:40 pm

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - As the rain has dried up, chances are you've had to do a fair amount of watering here in August.  Still, it could be worse.

The latest Texas map from the United States Drought Monitor shows much of the Dallas-Fort Worth area falling into the Abnormally Dry (D0) category.  That includes much of Dallas, Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, Ellis and Kaufman counties.

Officials say there is a swath of the area currently in Moderate Drought (D1).  It includes portions of southern Dallas County, eastern Johnson County and northwestern Ellis County.

The counties on the northern edge of the DFW area are faring the best.  Drought conditions are virtually non-existent in Wise, Denton, Collin and Rockwall counties.

Looking at Texas overall, about 72% of the state is in some stage of drought.  Back in mid-May, the figure was less than 1%, thanks to the beneficial spring rains.  Only a handful of Texas counties are currently seeing extreme drought.

One year ago, about 81% of Texas was seeing some level of drought conditions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor measures conditions on a six-tier scale, ranging from none to exceptional drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC.