by Dave Hennen
CNN Senior Meteorologist
At the height of last summer’s Texas drought, over 99% of the state was in severe, extreme, or exceptional drought and there was talk about long term drought that could rival the dust bowl days of the 1930’s.
Since October however, welcome rains swept into much of the state, and steady improvement in the drought conditions has occurred. Most of the improvement has occurred in the eastern half of the state. The latest maps from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 99% number cut roughly in half to 49.70% of areas that are still in severe or greater drought. Quite an improvement in such a short amount of time.
While eastern Texas improved, much of the western half of the state has remained extremely dry, but this week’s forecast bodes well for the areas in the west that really need the rain. A slow moving area of low pressure is expected to bring rain and thunderstorms along with heavy rain over the areas in Texas that are seeing the worst drought. Some areas could receive over 5″ of rain over the next 5 days, which will put a real dent again, and hopefully help to bring an end to one of Texas’s most historic drought.