The South has been hit by exceptionally awful weather this Spring. First, the deadly storms and tornadoes ripped through, killing hundreds of people. Now there is a drought covering almost the entire Lone Star State, as well as parts of neighbouring Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The following excerpted article from The Weather Channel describes the situation:
Texas is the epicenter of the worst drought conditions with nearly 26 percent of the state in the highest “exceptional” category. Our Radio Broadcast Meteorologist Nick Wiltgen has calculated that this occupies 67,962 square miles, or a larger land area than the entire state of Washington! For more perspective, Nick says this would encompass the land areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware combined!
The combined extreme and exceptional drought areas in the Lone Star State are larger than the entire state of California by more than 30,000 square miles.
Only a small part of north-central Texas is currently not in drought, including portions of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The month of May began with 2.65 inches of rain there, helping the situation locally.