More color on the drought monitor which includes more locations in West Texas dealing with abnormal to severe drought conditions.
Severe drought which is shaded in orange, includes most of Taylor County, northern Runnels County and northwestern Coleman County. Severe drought also present for northern Sterling County and eastern McCulloch County.
Moderate drought extends from the Big Country south to IH-10. Brief heavy downpours early last week has kept communities south of IH-10 clear of drought.
Statewide, the drought conditions have been bad. High pressure has dominated our forecast for more than two weeks, which is not uncommon for this region or for this time of year.
High pressure suppresses cloud formation and therefore rain potential. That keeps us dry and hot.
There is hope. Most short-term models bring a slim chance of rain for northern sections of West Texas. Long-term models don't agree on another chance for rain into Labor Day weekend. We will continue to monitor the forecast to keep you weather aware.