Despite All the Rain, Texas Is Still in a Drought (And Houston Is Still Dry)
Yup, we're still in that drought.
Graphic from U.S. Drought Monitor
Y'all might remember how everyone was talking about the drought last summer. We all stopped talking about it when winter finally showed up and there was rain and cold and all of those snowpocalypses to distract us. But anyone who assumed that meant the drought was over, assumed wrong.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality came out with its drought report yesterday, and despite how it seemed as if Houston has been doing its best Seattle impression the past month, the drought is still going, even here on the subtropical Gulf Coast.
To be fair, we don't have it as bad as some -- e.g., West Texas, the Panhandle or the entire state of California (or at least the parts anyone seems to care about) -- because in Houston's case, the drought translates to just "abnormally dry" these days. All things considered, it could be better and it could be worse for Houston. And those who weren't already grateful not to live in the Panhandle have even more reason to be happy, judging by the angry maroon of drought on the map.
Even those in the Panhandle can count themselves lucky not to be in Wichita Falls. The North Texas town has the dubious honor of being the first city forced to treat its sewage water and pump it directly back into circulation, according to Bloomberg. Though living there still might be better than the Panhandle.
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