Drought Tightens Its Grip on Lubbock, South Plains

Published 05/15 2014 10:14AM

Updated 05/15 2014 01:53PM

LUBBOCK, TX -- Drought conditions continue to get worse in Lubbock according to the Drought Monitor from the USDA and other federal agencies. The newest drought map, released Thursday morning, showed all of Lubbock County in exceptional drought which is the absolute worst category.

The previous drought map last week was not a whole lot better; it showed parts of Lubbock County in extreme drought which is the second worst category. But now the dark red that depicts exceptional drought has spread to even more of the South Plains.

Lubbock County’s rating on the Keetch-Bryam Drought Index was 559.25 Thursday morning; 550 is considered severely dry. The maximum rating inside Lubbock County was 630 and the minimum was 470.

Officially the Nationally Weather Service has measured 0.9 inches of rain at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport for all of 2014. The normal for this time of year would be 4.75 inches.

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