AUGUST 10th, 2017 -- Soaking rainfall August 7th was a key factor in helping to erase Moderate Drought conditions across a large part of the Western Brazos Valley.
As of the Drought Monitor released August 3rd, a majority of Milam, Burleson, and Lee Counties were considered to be in that Moderate Drought. Abnormally dry conditions had consumed Washington, Robertson, Brazos and North Austin Counties.
The latest Drought Monitor clears the entire Brazos Valley of those drought conditions, thanks to record rainfall that fell Monday morning. Bryan / College Station officially collected a record 2.62" of rain at Easterwood Airport. That total replaced the previous, 72 year old record that was in place.
While conditions have greatly improved -- they are not perfect. Abnormally dry criteria is still noted for those west of the Brazos River, along with a small fraction of Southern Robertson & Northern Brazos Counties.
Since last week's monitor, the amount of Texas considered to be in some form of drought has dropped 5.61%.
Burn bans remain in effect for Lee, Robertson, and Waller Counties.
Measurements & soil moisture conditions are collected every Tuesday morning, the Drought Monitor is released each Thursday morning at 7am CDT.