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.

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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.