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Drought Update For North Texas

By Chief Meteorologist Larry Mowry
(credit: KTVT/KTXA) Larry Mowry
Larry joined the CBS 11 Storm Team in January 2008 from CBS affil...
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Just about all of North Texas remains in drought.  Statewide 89% of the state is considered to be in a drought.  That is up from 79% one year ago today.

Here’s a look at the drought monitor for Texas.  Note how just north of the Red River in Oklahoma the drought is gone.

droughtAug222013

Here is a close up North Texas view of the drought monitor.  The red shading which covers areas around Corsicana, Fairfield, Palestine and around Breckenridge, Graham is where the drought is worst.

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RAINFALL DEFICITS

So how bad is the rainfall deficit?  Here’s a look at rainfall totals and the deficit so far this year.

2012 April thru 2013 Jan Rainfall SummaryA

% OF RAINFALL

I want to show an interesting graphic that shows the % OF NORMAL RAINFALL over the past 12 months.  You can click on the image to see the numbers better.  But all locations have seen roughly 60% to 70% of normal rainfall over the past 12 months.

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LAKE LEVELS

Here are the latest lake levels.

Lake LevelsA1 Lake LevelsA

And here is the % Full of each lake.

Lake Levels1 Lake Levels