Drought creeping back into southeast Texas

Unusually dry weather since September has area feeling parched

HOUSTON – Since September, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which is the official climate reporting station for the city of Houston, is almost 9 inches below normal when it comes to rainfall. 

The numbers are similar throughout southeast Texas and that's not a good thing. This week, because of our recent dry spell, parts of southeast Texas have now officially slipped back into a moderate drought.

To put things into perspective, the current drought doesn't encompass the whole region.  Nor is it as severe as our 2011 drought.  The disconcerting thing is the recent trend of dry weather, which could drive us closer to a severe or extreme drought if it continues into the winter season.

Early this year, between January and March, we got over 18 inches of rain -- 8 inches above normal!  Between September and now, we've only gotten about 3-1/2 inches.  That's not enough.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, predicts that drought conditions will worsen throughout Texas into the beginning of next year. 

There isn't much rain in our forecast.  Heading into the weekend, we still expect beautiful weather through Sunday, with only a 30 percent chance for rain coming on Tuesday.

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