LUBBOCK — A portion of northeast Texas got enough rain in the past week or so that it is no longer in any stage of drought.
The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that 2.3 percent of the state fell out of drought, the first time in two months that any part of Texas had such a distinction.
The map also shows less of the state in exceptional drought - the worst stage. About 44 percent of the state is in exceptional drought, down from about 48 percent last week.
Conditions in East Texas improved from exceptional drought to extreme drought.
The historic drought has already cost Texas farmers and ranchers about $1.5 billion.