LUBBOCK, TX -- If you look at this year as opposed to last year, Lubbock and the surrounding area are doing a little bit better when it comes to the drought.
By comparing the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor from year to year, this time last year, a majority of the area around Lubbock was in what is considered an 'exceptional drought'. Now, most of those areas have been downgraded a bit, to 'severe to extreme' drought conditions.
"We're in better shape this year than we were last year, for sure. I think the rain has been a little bit more timely this year for some of the agricultural purposes, but we're still about 6.5 inches below normal, for, you know, this time of the year," Justin Weaver, meteorologist at the National Weather Service said. :So, still a little disappointed that we haven't done a little better than that, overall the drought conditions have improved somewhat."
According to Weaver, November, December, and January are usually drier months in the year anyway, but he said there's always hope for more rain. "If we can get a couple of more inches before the end of the year is out, then that gives us a pretty good start for 2014," Weaver said.
Because much of the region is still in some kind of a drought, Weaver still recommends continuing to conserve. The city of Lubbock is currently in stage one water restrictions.