Texas drought map shows improvement

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Recent rains across parts of Texas have led to less than 15% of the state being in the worst category of drought for the first time since last spring.

The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows 13.93% of Texas in exceptional drought, down from 20.41% last week.

No drought exists in about 6% of the state, the first time since last March it's been above 5%.

San Angelo has had its wettest start to a year on record - 5.98 inches. College Station has seen 12.98 inches, its second-wettest start.

Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport has received 15.33 inches since Dec. 1, and Houston Hobby Airport's is at 12.20 inches in that period.

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