Texas Panhandle-South Plains finally drought free
Texas Panhandle-South Plains finally drought free.
The final counties to emerge from drought were Hartley, Lipscomb and Hemphill counties.
That’s in addition to areas of deficient moisture around El Paso, in northeast Texas and at the very southern tip of Texas at Brownsville.
Currently just 9.42 percent of Texas is experiencing below normal moisture conditions, including 1.34 percent suffering moderate drought.
That’s an improvement of 9.7 percent and 1.54 percent, respectively, a week ago and 13.1 and 2.3 percent a year ago.
Thanks to rainfall statewide, the Texas Water Development Board reports that reservoir conditions in Texas remain above normal for this time of year.
Lake Meredith on Thursday was at 24.5 percent capacity, up from 24.4 percent a week ago and 23.7 percent both a month and six months ago.
The reservoir between Tulia and Silverton was at 14.6 percent a month ago and 15.2 percent six months ago.
Area totals include: Floydada, 0.40; Hart, 0.25; Plainview Water Treatment Plant, 0.70; Plainview Herald, 0.46; Silverton, 0.38; Tulia, 0.27; and Turkey, 0.12 inch.
In Plainview, the Saturday night low is expected to be 34 degrees with a light frost or freeze possible to the north and west.