Texas' parched conditions worsening

July 15, 2009 12:45:16 PM PDT
Ovenlike heat continues to bake Texas, and the map that charts drought in the United States shows the worst-stricken areas of Texas have wilted further. The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows areas of Central and South Texas in extreme and exceptional drought expanded since last week. The two worst stages of drought now cover 14.1 percent of the state, up from 11.1 last week.

Texas is the only spot in the nation with extreme and exceptional drought.

Parts of the state, though, are getting some rain. The map shows no drought in nearly 38 percent of Texas -- the Trans Pecos region and parts of the High Plains in West Texas.

Slight chances for rain are possible in the Panhandle and along the Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

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