HOUSTON -

February was drier than normal for most of southeast Texas. 

George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the official climate reporting station for the City of Houston, measured 1.32 inches of rain for the month, which is almost 2 inches below normal.  As a result, the area is still parched and on the verge of dipping back into a moderate drought.

North and west of Harris County, moderate to severe drought conditions persist.

Seventy-five percent of the state of Texas is in some form of drought.  Twenty-two percent of the state is considered in an extreme or exceptional drought.  Extreme south Texas, the Rio Grande Valley and the panhandle are the driest.

Southeastern Texas has fared better than much of the rest of the state, even though rainfall has been largely below normal since September 2012.

The current forecast calls for the drought to persist or worsen between now and May.

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