Recent Rain Dents Brazos Valley Drought

Recent rainfall across the Brazos Valley has put a dent in recent drought conditions.

As of last week's Drought Monitor (released Thursday, May 8th), the Central and Western Brazos Valley was considered to be in a stage D2 "Severe Drought" -- the first week the classification appeared for the area since 2013. The Eastern Brazos Valley was under the classification of D1 "Moderate Drought."

Below: Last Week's Drought Monitor -- released by the National Drought Mitigation Center

Since then, the Brazos Valley has had multiple rain events move across the area.

Between Thursday, May 8th and Wednesday May 14th, Bryan / College Station officially received 5.44" of rainfall at Easterwood Airport.

Thanks to that soaking rain, the year-to-date deficit has been cut from around 7 inches to just 3.37" (as of Thursday morning).

This week's drought monitor, released at 7am May, 15th, shows a dramatic dent in drought conditions.

The Western and Central Brazos Valley has been downgraded to classification D1 "Moderate Drought" with the Eastern Brazos Valley down to D0 "Abnormally Dry."

Below: This Week's Drought Monitor -- released by the National Drought Mitigation Center

For the year -- as of Thursday, May 15th -- Bryan / College Station has received 10.46".

The latest Drought Monitor currently shows 73% of Texas in, at least, a Moderate Drought.

Below: State of Texas Drought Monitor

Moisture measurements for drought classification are taken each Tuesday morning, processed, then released each Thursday at 7am.


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