Drought Worsens In Texas After Dry Winter

HOUSTON (March 28, 2013)--Nearly all of Texas is in drought, threatening severe spring and summer water restrictions in some parts of the state and another record-setting dry spell if rains don't materialize.

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows more than 98 percent of the state in some abnormally dry condition.

Nearly 11 percent of Texas is in "exceptional" drought, the most severe level of drought according to the analysis released by the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb.

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, the worst one-year drought in Texas' history.

He said 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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