Our drought is severe again

Not good, y’all.

The situation continues to worsen across the state, with now more than 87 percent of Texas in a moderate or worse drought.

It’s not clear when relief might be coming.

After the very cold start to this week southerly winds have now returned to the Houston metro area, which will bring more clouds and considerably warmer weather beginning [Thursday] and through the weekend.

Unfortunately, as has been the case for much of the last six months, forecasters say a series of disturbances that could bring rain to the area are likely to remain just to the north of the greater Houston region this weekend. We may nonetheless see a little light rain.

Our best chance of rain during the next week or so is likely to come Tuesday when a cold front moves through the area.

So far this has pretty much been the opposite of 2012, and if that doesn’t improve soon it’s going to be an unpleasant summer. If there is a bright side to all this, it’s that current conditions may have acted as a catalyst for the Lege to begin to address the state’s long-term water needs, but that’s of little comfort now. We need some rain, and we need it soon.

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