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Drought Improving in NE Texas, but Growing Everywhere Else

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor
Drought conditions in Northeast Texas are largely where they were a week ago, and will lessen after heavy rains this week.

Drought conditions continue to worsen across Texas as a whole, but recent rain here in Northeast Texas has either mildly improved or stanched worsening the nagging dry conditions. 

The Texas Water Development Board reported Tuesday that 71 percent of Texas is now in a state of drought. Conditions are worst in the Panhandle, where nearly the entire region is is a state of extreme drought. Conditions in Northeast Texas have either remained moderate or improved to abnormally dry since last week.

Over the next few months, drought is expected to continue to expand in west and south Texas, but improvements are expected in the east and north central parts of the state.

Conditions have improved enough in Fannin County today for the Commissioner’s Court to lift the burn ban. But the downside of all the rain in storms in the region this week is continuing flood warnings in most Northeast Texas counties, through at least Wednesday.

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.