44.7 F
Fort Worth
Friday, January 15, 2021

Majority of Texas out of drought thanks to heavy Oct. rains

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Recent rains that fell on Texas saturated many parts of the state and lessened drought conditions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that about 95 percent of Texas has no drought. Just more than 4 percent has moderate drought.

Heavy rains that brought flooding to the Austin region eliminated small areas of severe drought, the third-driest category on the weekly map, in places such as Wichita Falls and Abilene.

A Texas A&M University statement says the five-day period beginning Oct. 22 was the wettest on record, with a statewide average of 3.97 inches. That’s when remnants of Hurricane Patricia and a separate storm moved across the state. Those five days eliminated the two driest drought categories.

The previous five-day record came in December 1991, when 3.82 inches fell.

Related Articles

Our Digital Sponsors

Stay Connected


Latest Articles

Get our email updates

Stay up-to-date with the issues, companies and people that matter most to business in the Fort Worth.