Drought conditions changing this season

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MIDLAND, TEXAS (FOX 24/ BIG 2) – Across the state, we can see the warm summer affected our drought. But for West Texas, it’s looking promising.

The drought monitor in the middle of October showed half of the state was at at a moderate or higher level of drought. Now, there’s only a third of the state in that condition.

Hydrologist Mark Wentzel at the Texas Water Development Board says there was a larger loss of statewide reservoir storage, at 9 percent, compared to a typical July through October at 5 percent.

“This year we had a little bit larger decline, a lot of that had to due to having larger volumes at the start of the summer which is a good thing,” Wentzel says. “We had extra water more than normal thanks to generous rains last fall, and then the spring of this year. But we’re about normal for this time of year.”

National Weather Service Meteorologist Douglas Cain says normal is a trend for our rainfall too.

“Really for our area, we’ve done pretty good for the year. For the year to date at Midland International, we’re only a quarter inch below precipitation.”

The rain we got so far this November was a helping factor. We’re at 13.42 inches for the year in Midland as of November 15th.

“Some of the years in the late nineties we’ve had single digit precipitation for the year,” Cain says. “So anytime we’re running 10, 12,13 inches of rain we’ve had a good year.”

Midland hasn’t gotten an inch of rain since back in September. October only saw 0.01 inches of rain.

“Fortunately we’re entering the time of year with the cooler temperatures that drought doesn’t grow very fast,” Wentzel explains. “So any amount of rainfall that you get over these cooler months will be helpful.”

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