U.S. Drought Monitor, Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Drought returns to Central Texas

For the first time since February 16th, 2016, two parts of Central Texas have fallen back into drought – one in Mason and another in Milam/Williamson. Most of the rest of the area now has abnormally dry conditions, which are technically long-term lack of soil moisture and the stage just before D1, or moderate drought. Summary: Hot, mostly dry weather persisted on the southern Plains, although showers wrapped around the region through the southern Rockies and the central Plains. Locally heavy showers also developed in the western Gulf Coast region. The general trend was for a large increase in abnormal dryness (D0), with…