Houston Is White On The Drought Map
by: Jack Williams and Pat Hernandez, April 5, 2012 4:04:00 pm
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows the Houston area in all white, which means drought conditions are finally gone. Brian Fuchs is a climatologist with the Drought Monitor in Nebraska and says it's been quite a while since Houston wasn't battling dry conditions.
"The last time that the Houston area was designated as basically free from any dryness or drought on the U.S. Drought Monitor, we have to go way back February 15th of 2011, so it's been well over a year."
Fuchs says unexpected rains over the past several months have quickly pulled Houston out of drought conditions. But he says with summer just around the corner, things could change again quickly.
"The conditions coming out of a drought, what we like to term it is an area still fairly vulnerable, that even though we've seen this recovery of Mother Nature puts the switch back that all of a sudden we have temperatures really ramp up or we have a few weeks of dryness, some of these areas that have been recovering or still are recovering, it may not take much to get some drought signals to pop-up again."
He says many parts of West Texas are still in severe drought.