More than 98 percent of Texas is in some level of abnormal dryness as spring arrives, conditions that could set drought records and lead to severe water restrictions in some regions of the state.
The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday by the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb., showed increases in Texas in each of the five levels of drought. Only 1.4 percent of the state is not in drought, compared with 3.6 percent a week ago.
Nearly 11 percent of Texas is in “exceptional” drought, the most severe level, up from 9.9 percent a week ago. Three months ago, 95.4 percent of the state was in drought.