It is no secret the Valley could use some rain; actually the RGV needs a bunch of rain and quick.
Right now the US Drought Monitor has much of Deep South Texas under some level of drought. The most intense drought conditions stretch from Hidalgo and Brooks counties west through Starr, Jim Hogg, and Zapata. Starr, Zapata, and Jim Hogg counties have severe drought conditions.
Since January first the Valley has gotten little rain. The main reporting locations are all showing below normal rainfall. This is a dry time of year, January and February only bring in little more than an inch of rain a month so the chance of catching up seems slim to none.
The lifeblood of the Valley’s water network is the reservoir system along the Rio Grande. Our two reservoirs, Falcon in Zapata County and Amistad in Val Verde County, are feeling the strain of prolonged rain shortfalls.
There is some good news in the forecast as a cold front is expected to bring an improved chance for rain next week Wednesday and the long-range forecast hints at above-normal rainfall yet this month for the RGV.