Texas' Recent Rains Improve Drought Conditions

Plentiful rainfall across much of Texas in the past week has brought improvement to every category on the U.S. Drought Monitor map.

Just less than 5 percent of the state was in the driest category on the map released Thursday.

Lakes around the state have benefited and are at nearly two-thirds of capacity.

Sixty-nine percent of the state was in some stage of drought, compared with 71 percent last week.

Statewide Texans got more rain in May than normal, and June is on track to also surpass its normal.

Texas is in better shape when compared to 2011, the state's driest year ever. More than 72 percent the state was in exceptional drought, the driest category, at the end of June 2011. Lake levels then were 73 percent full.

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