The drought in Texas as a whole became more severe in the last week and that includes Lubbock and the South Plains. Lubbock County had been split between severe and extreme drought for the Drought Monitor issued in the late August.
The most recent Drought Monitor, issued last week shows all of Lubbock County is now in extreme drought. Counties to the south and southeast of Lubbock also fell within extreme drought in the last week.
Year to date Lubbock has 8.62 inches of rain as measured at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. Normal for this time of year is 13.84 inches. Lubbock did pick up 0.2 inches of rain on September 5.
All or part of Hockley Cochran Lamb Bailey and Parmer Counties are in the worst category, which is exceptional drought.
Statewide, exceptional drought increased from 3.21% to 3.57% of Texas. Extreme plus exceptional drought increased from 14.87% to 21.13%.
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