Despite rain in late August, the most recent drought monitor from several federal agencies indicates little change in Texas and no real progress in pushing back drought conditions for Lubbock and the South Plains.
The most recent weekly monitor was released Thursday. It shows Lubbock is in severe drought while the northwest corner of Lubbock County is in extreme drought. All or portions of Hockley, Cochran, Lamb and Bailey Counties are even worse off with the worst category - exceptional drought.
Texas went from 1.18% exceptional drought to having 3.21% of the state in exceptional drought.
Last Monday a storm dumped 87-hundredths of an inch of rain at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport where the official record is kept. However, that number is misleading because it was an isolated area of heavy rainfall. From the same storm the National Weather Service measured 21-hundredths of an inch at the Science Spectrum.
Year-to-date, Lubbock has had 8.42 inches of rain as compared with normal rainfall of 13.22 for this time of year. The NWS says that's a "departure" of 4.8 inches less than normal.
Related Link: Drought Monitor (The information in this link is updated weekly.)
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