According to the latest release, 80% of Texas is under a drought, but 43% is classified as being under an extreme drought.
The new U.S. drought monitor shows conditions worsening in the greater Houston area.
Exactly one year ago, only 4% of the state was in an extreme drought, so these past several months have been extraordinarily dry. The local rain totals reflect that.
While Bush Airport is near normal on rainfall, observations from Hobby and Galveston show rain totals that are 40-50% below normal.
A look at rainfall totals so far this year in the greater Houston area.
As a result, most of our area south of I-10 is in an extreme drought.
Without any help, the use of fireworks for the 4th of July holiday may be limited due to wildfire threats.
Several local counties are already under outdoor burn bans.
Burn bans are in effect in several Houston-area counties, which could affect firework shows for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.
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The overall hot pattern with low amounts of rain is likely to persist for the near future.
The new outlooks from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center for the month of July show a high probability for above-normal temperatures and an increased chance for dry conditions for much of Texas.