Drought conditions return to area
The temperatures this week have felt more like the middle of summer, instead of mid-September and no rain is in the forecast for the next few days.
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which monitors soil moisture levels and is an indicator used to determine the threat of fire danger, showed Hunt County to be into low level drought conditions Tuesday.
A reading of “zero” under the index means the soil is saturated, while 800 is the highest reading on the index, meaning that it would take eight or more inches of rainfall to bring the soil to saturation.
As of Tuesday, Hunt County’s readings ranges from 418 to 530, with an average of 460.
It has not rained in Hunt County so far this month.
Tuesday afternoon saw a high of around 97 degrees in Greenville, with a heat index reading-what it feels like when the humidity is factored in — of 102 degrees.
There is little hope for any relief, as the National Weather Service forecast was calling for no chance of any rain through the upcoming weekend, with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s each day.