The National Drought Mitigation Center released their weekly update this morning. There has been minor improvement in all drought categories with this update. The most noticeable reduction is over the Texas Panhandle where minor drought relief was noted after the significant winter storm last week. The exceptional drought designation has been reduced but severe to extreme long-term drought conditions remain evident. Extreme to exceptional drought conditions continue across Northwest Texas extending southeast into western North Texas and the D/FW Metroplex.
We note a sharp cutoff between Fort Worth and Gainesville where the drought goes from the extreme category down to abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions.
Much of East and Southeast Texas remains drought free along with the Rio Grande Valley and Far West Texas. Widespread moderate to severe drought conditions continue across Central Texas into the Hill Country and South-CEntral Texas.
As far as rain chances in the foreseeable future most of Texas will remain in a warm and dry pattern for the next five days. After today temperatures will really warm up across all of Texas. Our next chance for widespread precipitation across Texas looks to be next Thursday and Friday.