Texas town remains in drought despite record rainfall

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One tiny town in Texas remains in drought despite historic rains throughout the state (KTRK)

Record May and June rains wiped out the historic multi-year drought from all of Texas. Well, almost. Technically speaking, .25% of Texas remains in a moderate drought.

The last remaining holdout?

Hartley, Texas. Population 540. Located in the Texas panhandle about 55 miles northwest of Amarillo, this tiny town is the only one that remains fully under drought conditions. When you include part of Dalhart and the surrounding rural areas, an estimated 4,048 Texans remain in the drought. Not bad for a state with nearly 27 million residents.

According to Texas State Climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, this is the wettest January-June on record for Texas with a state-wide average of 23.92".

Here in southeast Texas, the amount of rain year-to-date is significantly higher with an astonishing 64.07" of rain in Baytown - a new record! Watch the video above as Meteorologist Travis Herzog shows you which other local cities have had a record wet first half of the year.
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