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Weather Blog: Drought Update

by Gene Norman / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on April 21, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:39 PM

It's Thursday, so that means its time to see the latest drought update from the National Weather Service.  With only 3 days with measurable rain this month, the news isn't good:

Exceptional drought, the highest drought status is spreading across the state and here in Southeast Texas.  In Houston, we're on pace to see our driest April on record with only  .11" in the gauge so far.  Look at how far behind rainfall the area is:

No wonder so many counties are under a burn ban.  Only Fort Bend hasn't declared one and its just a matter of time.  In all, 206 of Texas' 254 counties are under a burn ban.  Even though the air isn't very dry lately, the ground is and breezy winds could make it easy for even a spark to turn into something worse.  Please be careful discarding cigarette butts and use caution around the grill this holiday weekend.

For more exhaustive details, check out this link to the National Weather Service's drought statement: www.srh.noaa.gov/hgx/?n=pns_2011_04_21_drought_statement

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