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State drought worsens, but East Texas immune so far

State drought worsens, but East Texas immune so far

POSTED: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 8:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 8:14pm

Although drought conditions are worsening in most areas of the state, recent rainfall is making Northeast Texas the exception — with more precipitation in the forecast.

More than 98 percent of Texas is in some level of abnormal dryness as spring arrives, conditions that could set drought records and lead to severe water restrictions in some regions of the state.

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday by the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb., registered an increase for Texas in each of the five levels of drought. Only 1.4 percent of the state is not in drought, compared to 3.6 percent a week ago.

Nearly 11 percent of Texas is in “exceptional” drought, the most severe level, up from 9.9 percent a week ago. Three months ago, 95.4 percent of the state was in drought.

Recent storms in this area have helped keep drought conditions low.

The U.S. Drought Monitor report lists western and southern parts of Gregg County in the lowest drought condition — “abnormally dry.” The northern and eastern parts of the county are identified as “drought moderate,” which is the second-lowest condition.

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