Brazos Valley Counties Added To Governor's Drought Disaster Proclamation

By: Clay - Email
By: Clay - Email

Much of the Brazos Valley has been declared an emergency disaster area due to lack of rain.

Dry conditions are sinking in across the state of Texas as nearly 99 percent of the state is now dryer than normal.

Now local farmers and ranchers are keeping their eyes on the skies while the state climatologist expects drought conditions to linger.

Cracked earth is a newer addition just outside Snook as springtime rains haven't hit just yet.

For Jay Wilder the fields of Burleson County are his outdoor office as owner of J and J Cattle Company.

"Hopefully in the next few days we've got really good chances of rain we can catch some of those. For the most part I think we've been in fairly decent shape," said Wilder.

This day was time to plant soybeans.

"Last thing I was seeing on the news last night is we are about an inch and a half or so behind," he said.

Drought concerns are not only a problem here in Burleson County but pretty much across the state of Texas. About 87 percent of the state is in some state of drought while only about 1.5 percent is doing ok.

John Nielsen-Gammon is the State Climatologist.

He says the outlook isn't great.

"We're not very far ahead of the pace we were at back in the 2011 drought. So actually on the short term things are quite dry and we know from 2011 what can happen if that dryness continues," said Nielsen-Gammon, Ph.D.

But showers are in sight for this week but will they last through spring?

"Rainfall is normally highest in May and June, so a lot is going to depend during those months," said Nielsen-Gammon.

"We're a little behind, but not significant amount. Nothing that can't be caught up in a good couple hours," said Jay Wilder.

For now severe drought appears to be the new norm for most Texans until mother nature changes her mind.

While we are expected to get some rain this week, John Nielsen-Gammon expects things will get dry again.

Most of Brazos, Burleson and all of Grimes County are currently in severe drought.

You can see the latest maps on the drought across the state attached here:,S

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