While the heavy, widespread rain across the region didn't end the drought, it did put a dent in it. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows 10.76% of Texas is in the worst drought category, D4 - exceptional. This is down from 25.05% last week. We started this year with just 0.79% of the state at D4 status.
While this is an improvement, seen mainly across the Panhandle and parts of the South Plains, most of our area is still in severe drought. Roughly Lubbock and points north into the Panhandle are still either in the worst (D4 in dark red) or second-worst (D3-bright red) status.
While we are barely above the average for YTD precip this year, we have a defecit of 27.46" for the past four years. This follows 2010 finishing 7.34" above the YTD average. Here is how far below the average each year fell:
The next drought update from the U.S. Drought Monitor will be out next Thursday. Click here
for more from the U.S. Drought website.