North Texas Drought Only Getting Worse

Chris Sommer
August 02, 2018 - 5:06 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Despite the rains that fell earlier this week, forecasters say the drought conditions are worsening across North Texas.  The latest map released Thursday by the United States Drought Monitor shows portions of seven area counties in extreme drought, up from five last week.  

The majority of Tarrant, Parker and Hood counties are currently in extreme drought, while similar conditions are seen in parts of Dallas, Denton, Johnson and Wise counties.  "Extreme" is second-to-worst on the Drought Monitor's five-tier scale.  Only "exceptional" is worse.

Forecasters say we should not expect the situation to improve anytime soon.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Bianca Villanueva says, "It does look that it is not going to change in the near future.  We do have a dry forecast, at least through early next week."

The current drought situation is the most-serious in North Texas since 2015.  The region is about three inches below normal on rainfall so far this year.  Villanueva says, "A bulk of the rainfall that we received this year was over the last week of February.  Other than that, only seven inches of rain have fallen since February in DFW."