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Drought Deepens Across Texas; Relief Likely in the Northeast

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor
It could be a rainy week ahead for Northeast Texas, but the state overall needs some solid rainfall.

Texas is in its worst state of drought in more than three years. 

That’s according to the Texas Water Development Board’s latest drought map. The map, released today, shows 65 percent of Texas in some state of drought. Most areas, including Northeast Texas are under moderate drought conditions. Extreme conditions cover much of the Panhandle.

Dr. Andy Vestal, AgriLife Extension director for emergency management at Texas A&M University, told AgriLife Today that the growing drought across the state has triggered wildfire season a month early. That could mean a wildfire season extended by 90 to 100 days.

Here in Northeast Texas, there’s a 30-50 percent chance of rain throughout the rest of this week.

Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.