HOUSTON -- Nearly all of Texas is in drought, threatening severe water restrictions in some parts of the state and another record-setting dry spell if spring rains don’t materialize.
The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday has more than 98 percent of the state in some abnormally dry condition. Nearly 11 percent of Texas is in “exceptional” drought, the most severe level of drought according to the analysis released by the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb.
Much of the Houston area remains under “moderate” drought conditions, however, areas Katy and westward are now “severe” as of this latest update.
State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon says the situation is only slightly better than it was six months into the drought of 2011. That was the worst one-year drought in Texas’ history.
He says the Edwards Aquifer, San Antonio’s primary water source, is reaching historically low levels. Residents could face the severest restrictions by summer.
On the web: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?TX,S