The tropical storm season continues to break records, including making the Atlantic look like Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Speaking of tropical storms, recent rainfall has pulled much of the eastern half of the state out of drought conditions. La Niña conditions are now officially entrenched in the Pacific, leading to projections of warmer and drier conditions in the state over the next three months.
SUMMARY: Drought conditions remain in much of the interior of the state with drought conditions developing in north-east Texas. Much of Texas can expect warmer-than-normal and drier-than-normal conditions over the next three months. Statewide reservoir storage is near median levels.
The amount of the state under drought conditions increased from about 25 percent four weeks ago to about 36 percent. Despite drought conditions, statewide reservoir storage is normal for this time of year. Tropical Storm Hanna should improve drought conditions in Central and South-Central Texas
SUMMARY: Drought has flashed into the High Plains; La Niña conditions look more likely for this fall and winter; an historical trends analysis indicates that, indeed, it has been getting warmer and floodier.
SUMMARY: NOAA projects a 60 percent chance of a more active Atlantic hurricane season this year. Drought conditions decreased over the past month (from 16 to 11 percent of the state), but abnormally dry conditions or worse increased from 28 to 38 percent. The state is projected to be warmer than normal though the summer with the Rio Grande region suffering the brunt of higher temperatures.