Despite recent heavy rains the past few weeks, about 95% of the state continues to experience drought conditions.
Galen Roberts, assistant director of water resources for the North Texas Municipal Water District, explained drought as an “extended period of low precipitation,” but added there are several data points that are considered in addition to rainfall totals.
“The U.S. Drought Monitor uses a five-category system for showing the location and severity of drought for the U.S.,” Roberts said. “Drought can mean different things to some depending on their unique situation and needs.”
According to the drought.gov monitor, drought conditions are classified as abnormally dry, moderate, severe, extreme, and exceptional. Data from the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) indicates that 18 million Texans are currently affected by drought.
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