DROUGHT MONITOR: Extreme drought creeping into northern counties

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BRYAN, Tex (KBTX) - The newest US Drought Monitor (released every Thursday) is not fun to report for most of the Brazos Valley.

Comparing the graphic directly above to the one at the top of the article shows a general expansion of each category across almost our entire viewing area.

The red "Extreme Drought" category is making a comeback for the first time since October of 2015. Below is the map across the state of Texas for that point in the year. We had a series of rains in late October that wiped our northern counties out of even the "exceptional" drought stage, and we haven't seen even to the "severe" level ever since.

The hope (and thought) is widespread rain and thunderstorms will bring some much needed relief, or at least slow the worsening of the drought in the coming days. We have a similar goal through Saturday as scattered showers and storms are expected, though probably not as numerous.

From the US Drought Monitor Website run by University of Nebraska-Lincoln:

The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a weekly map of drought conditions produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The U.S. Drought Monitor website is hosted and maintained by the drought center.