EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - It has certainly been hard to complain about the weather around these parts in recent times; after all, the clear skies, mild temperatures, and low humidity have made for some great spring weather in the Piney Woods.
However, the high May sun angle has combined with warming temperatures and windy conditions to dry out the ground and lead to a moderate (D1) drought returning to parts of Deep East Texas.
We have seen some small signs of the soil moisture content drying out by seeing more and more brush fires flare up around our area. Even though they are not major fires, they are a sign that the soil moisture is not as prevalent as what it was a few months ago.
Notice that the moderate drought now encompasses most areas west of the Highway 59 corridor. This means the cities of Lufkin, Crockett, Groveton, Corrigan, Alto, and Livingston are now in a first stage drought. Areas east of there have fared a little better with rainfall, but even these areas are getting dry, too.
It should be noted that even though we have no burn bans currently in place, it would still be a wise idea not to do any outdoor burning until we see some nice rain showers fall on your lawns and gardens.
It does appear that better rain chances will return to Lufkin and Nacogdoches by the end of the week. For more on your StormTracker 7 day forecast, make sure you head to www.ktre.com/weather.