BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - After a three month stretch with less than 5" of rain in the Brazos Valley, drought conditions are starting to spread back into the area.
According to the latest Drought Monitor, released at 7am, Thursday, November 30th, a large majority of Milam, Robertson, and Leon Counties are considered to be in a Moderate Drought (tan). The northwest corner of Houston County and west side of Austin County are also included in that category. Last week's monitor only showed these conditions around the Lake Limestone area.
The rest of the Brazos Valley has been classified Abnormally Dry (yellow). While not technically in a drought, without significant rainfall, worsening conditions are expected to spread from north to south.
The Brazos Valley is not alone. The drought situation is increasing across Texas as a whole. 35% of Texas is considered to be in some classification of drought, up from 20% last week. Abnormally dry conditions have increased 11% -- much of that from the Brazos Valley down to Houston and the coast.
Three months ago, Hurricane Harvey had flooded much of Southeast & Central Texas with 20" to 50" of rain. 96% of the state was drought free.
Much needed rainfall is in the Brazos Valley's forecast in the upcoming week. With La Nina in place and expected to continue through the winter, drier than average conditions are expected over the next three months.