As an upper-level weather maker swings into Texas, numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected to remain scattered across the Brazos Valley. A few storms could be strong -- with heavy rain, thunder, & occasional lightning -- however, this activity is not expected to become severe. Rain chance will remain in place through mid-morning to midday Friday.
DALLAS (AP) - All of Texas is out of the worst stage of drought for the first time since in nearly 15 months.
The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows none of Texas in exceptional drought. The last zero reading for that drought stage in Texas was late March 2011.
Only 6.3 percent of Texas is in extreme drought, the lowest figure since it was at 5.2 percent in December 2010.
The percentage of the state in severe drought rose slightly over last week, from 26.3 to 27.2 percent.
About 10 percent of the state is drought-free, most of that in North Texas.