Region now categorized 'severe' down from 'exceptional'
Lubbock’s drought isn’t “exceptional” any more.
The Texas Water Development Board has downgraded drought conditions in the region to “severe.”
What a difference the early summer rains have made.
To date, Lubbock has received 11.34 inches, most since a storm system blew through over the Memorial Day weekend two months ago. Before the holiday, Lubbock and most of the Panhandle were in an exceptional drought.
The 11.34 inches the Hub City has gotten since January 1st is nearly what fell on Lubbock in all of 2012, according to the National Weather Service.