Portions Of Texas To Return To Drought Conditions

By CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Despite rains across the Lone Star State, portions of land in Texas will be designated as severe drought areas.

A dry winter in Texas is being blamed for forcing areas of Texas, including cities as Houston and Fort Worth, back into severe forms of drought. The designations raises concerns for environmental officials.

According to State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon, the months of September and November will be the driest since 1950 and will be further placed in the top five of driest months on record. Nielsen-Gammon also stated that Texas was not able to fully recover from the severe dry spell that took place back in 2011.

The U.S. Drought Monitor’s latest map which was released Thursday displayed over 50 percent of Texas in severe drought. Approximately 24.5 percent of the state, including areas in Houston and Fort Worth, are now designated as extreme drought areas.

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