AUSTIN – The two to seven inches of rainfall that fell last Friday lessened the severity of the drought. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 79 percent of the state remains under drought conditions -- with less than one percent under exceptional drought conditions.
Last week, 86 percent of the state was considered to be under drought conditions, with two percent included under exceptional drought conditions.
Before last week’s rain, the Austin area was under severe drought conditions. Today we are down one category in the moderate drought condition.
The best news comes from Lake Travis – it’s up over two feet from last week's rain. Lake Buchanan is up by only a few inches. Even with the slight rise, Lake Travis remains nearly 43 feet below its historic September average. Lake Buchanan is nearly 25 feet below its historic September average.
According to the Climate Prediction Center, South-Central Texas would still need 7.64 inches of rainfall to end the agricultural drought. Much more rain -- in the right location-- is needed to fill up the lakes.