Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Texas Drought Outlook Improving

Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service. This photo has been edited to only depict the continental U.S.

Seasonal drought forcast from the national weatehr service.

Today the National Weather Service offered a glimmer of hope to Texans bracing for another hot and dry summer.

In its three month seasonal drought outlook the service has moved much of Central Texas out of the area where the service is predicting “persistent drought.”

Instead that portion of Texas is now bathed in glorious green on the service’s map, indicating that the region may actually see drought improvement.

“I’ve never seen this on the maps in a long time,” said LCRA meteorologist Bob Rose.

“This is a three month outlook through June, so this is very encouraging. The previous one which had been issued just two weeks ago showed us [in Central Texas] in the drought persistence stage and so this is quite a change,” said Rose.

But the news wasn’t all good. The map still shows large portions of West and South Texas stuck in persistent or worsening drought.

You can read more stories of how the drought has affected Texans in our special series, Life By the Drop: Drought, Water and the Future of Texas.


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