Recent East Texas rainfall barely eases drought conditions
Longview, TX — Although recent rains have moved the Dallas-Fort Worth area out of drought conditions, the East Texas area remains in extreme drought — or D3 — condition, a National Weather Service official said Thursday.
“We’re continuing to chip away at it, a little bit at a time, but most of the state remains in drought conditions,” said C.S. Ross, a hydrologist.
The East Texas area has improved slightly, as it is no longer in the exceptional drought (D4) stage it experienced in late summer and early fall, he said.
The national Drought Monitor map posted online Thursday classifies the Dallas-Fort Worth area as officially out of drought for the first time since July, making it Texas’ first major metropolitan area to emerge from the most severe one-year drought in state history.
Nearly 60 percent of the state remains in severe or exceptional stages of drought.
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