Statewide reservoir storage continued its run of weekly increases, now at 20 weeks; however, some reservoirs continue to be low (for example, Abilene area: 28%; Midland-Odessa: 23%; San Angelo: 15%). According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a tiny bit of drought still hangs on in the Panhandle. (more…)
For the first time since the fall of 2010, statewide reservoir storage is above what we would normally expect for this time of year. There’s still one frazzled thread of drought in the Panhandle as measured by the U.S. Drought Monitor; reservoir levels remain low in West and South Texas. (more…)
This is the sixteenth week in a row of weekly improvements in statewide reservoir storage. Back on February 20th, our reservoirs were collectively 64.9 percent full; they are now 83.7 percent full. More rain and runoff are needed in West and South Texas to bring reservoirs back up to normal conditions. (more…)
Another week of rain, another week of improvement. Statewide reservoir storage is up by more than 600,000 acre-feet, and the latest drought monitor shows the absence of extreme drought in Texas for the first time since November 2010. However, despite all the rain, reservoirs in west and south Texas and the Hill Country continue to remain well below normal. (more…)
The good news on drought relief keeps rolling in, just like all these weather fronts! This week’s Drought Monitor shows the complete absence of exceptional drought, the first time that’s happened since July 2012. Twelve out of 14 reservoirs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are now full. And with the promise of El Niño conditions through the end of the year, more rainfall and cooler temperatures are expected at least through Christmas. (more…)
According to the Palmer Drought Severity Index, a widely used measure of drought, the state-wide drought of 2011–2015 is now over. However, the Index favors soil moisture and doesn’t account for river flows and reservoir levels, which are still abnormally low in many parts of west and south Texas. Nevertheless, this is great news and an indication that much of the state is moving out of drought. (more…)
Although spring storms brought the neighbor’s tree through my roof (let’s call it “indoor rainwater harvesting”…), it’s really good to see continued improvements in reservoir and drought conditions for much of the state. Reservoirs in the Dallas area are now more than 94 percent full (!!!), up from about 65% in mid-February. Nonetheless, improvements in reservoir storage in the western part of the state continue to be small or non-existent.