Drought worsens in Texas after dry winter

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 29 at 3:01 PM

HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- Nearly all of Texas is in drought, threatening severe water restrictions in some parts of the state and another record-setting dry spell if spring rains don't materialize.

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday has more than 98 percent of the state in some abnormally dry condition. The National Drought Mitigation Center reports nearly 11 percent of Texas is in "exceptional" drought, the most severe level of drought. Last week the number was less than 10 percent.

State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon says the situation is only slightly better than it was six months into the drought of 2011. That was the worst one-year drought in Texas' history.

He says the Edwards Aquifer, San Antonio's primary water source, is reaching historically low levels. Residents could face the severest restrictions by summer.

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