For the first time since June 2012 there is no exceptional drought designation in Texas. We’ve seen major improvements in all drought categories after last week’s high-end rain event. Just over seventy-five percent of Texas is officially out of drought designation. That’s not to say the drought is over for everyone – we still have many lakes that need to get filled up. However we’re in much better shape than we were even a month ago. Additional rain is expected over the next week so hopefully we can continue to get runoff into the lakes that need them.
Not surprisingly the Climate Prediction Center continues to forecast a cooler/wet pattern for Texas over the next 10 to 14 days. Good news for the lakes that still need to get filled up – not so good news for those already overflowing with water. That’s how drought in Texas usually ends though – with a flood just like 2007.