South: Another round of moderate to heavy rainfall — partly associated with remnants of Hurricane Sergio in the eastern Pacific — was responsible for additional widespread reductions of drought intensity and coverage. Much of central and eastern Texas was doused with 2 to 10 inches of rain, with amounts locally … Read More

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated three Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Panola, Rusk and Zapata counties who suffered losses due to a recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. Producers in the contiguous counties of … Read More

The southeastern half of Texas and eastern Oklahoma saw more precipitation than states farther east, but only scattered small areas recorded over 1.5 inches of rain, insufficient to bring any notable improvement to the D0-D2 areas in that part of Texas. A strong upper-level trough and frontal system brought heavy … Read More

Showers and thunderstorms were numerous along the Gulf Coast. Lighter amounts (1-2 inches) were recorded from east-central New Mexico eastward into southwestern Oklahoma and across northeastern Texas. Little or no rain was reported in southwestern and central Texas, the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, northern and eastern Oklahoma. In Texas, after … Read More

A stalled front brought significant rainfall to much of the South, providing several inches of rain across the region, including drought-stricken areas Southern and eastern Oklahoma into much of Texas also saw widespread improvements across much of the state, including a few areas of 2-category improvement related to the massive … Read More

An area of low pressure over the western Gulf of Mexico brought some heavy rainfall and drought relief across portions of Texas. Widespread 1-category improvements were made across the south and east. The rain did not reach the western and northern part of the state, however, where abnormal dryness (D0) … Read More

Moist inflow from the western Gulf and a stalled cold front across the south-central Plains triggered widespread, numerous showers and thunderstorms across much of Texas into central Oklahoma, along with bands of heavy showers across most of Louisiana. About the only area in the South that missed out on decent … Read More

Gulf rains also provided relief across southeastern Texas, while heavy Day7 rains (3-8 inches) between Laredo and San Antonio fell on a large D2-D3 area, putting a substantial dent into the drought. North-south bands of scattered showers were observed in portions of central and northeastern Texas, slightly decreasing the D2 … Read More

Oklahoma also saw improvements, including the southwest where exceptional drought (D4) improved to D3 and in the northeast, although the area of severe drought did expand a bit into Washington County. In Texas, with the exception of the northern Panhandle, it was hot and dry, with temperatures climbing into the … Read More

Drought has plagued the South region, but heavy – and in some instances, extremely heavy – rainfalls,) brought much needed relief as most areas saw vast improvements or, at the very least, no degradation. Oklahoma saw drought conditions fade as heavy rains fell, bringing normal conditions back to a large … Read More