JULY 13th, 2017 -- Little change for the Brazos Valley in the latest United States Drought Monitor issued July 13th. Abnormally Dry conditions have spread east for a small portion of the Brazos Valley.
Leading up to this weeks Drought Monitor report, a majority of the Brazos Valley west of the Brazos River had been classified "Abnormally Dry" (yellow below). That includes all of Washington, Lee, and Milam Counties along with a fraction of Burleson County.
As of this week's Monitor, those conditions have spread east to include a majority of Robertson County as well.
Good news is drought has not been indicated for any part of the Brazos Valley and dry conditions have not spread much. The bad news is that it now consumes an entire new county than the previous week.
As of this week's monitor, only 6.57% of Texas is considered to be in some sort of drought. The highest category currently in place is areas of Moderate Drought in the Panhandle, near Austin, and across South Texas. Improvement is noted for the Eastern Texas Panhandle where Severe Drought conditions were present over the past few weeks.
Measurements & soil moisture conditions are collected every Tuesday morning, the Drought Monitor is released each Thursday morning at 7am CDT.