The National Weather Service defines drought as; drought is a deficiency of moisture that results in adverse impacts on people, animals, or vegetation over a sizeable area. That pretty much sums up the current state of the Rio Grande Valley.

Right now the entire RGV is under extreme to severe drought conditions. Most of the valley, the coast west to the Starr County line, is under severe drought conditions according to the US Drought Monitor. The far western part of the Valley, including Starr County, is under extreme drought conditions.

Rainfall remains pitiful at a time of year when every drop counts. January, February, and March are all lean months. Normal rainfall totals average little more than an inch of rain each of those months. It will be hard to catch up from a two-inch rain deficit in March when the normal rainfall for the entire month is roughly an inch and a quarter.

The Valley’s key water source is Falcon and Amistad reservoirs up the Rio Grande. Lake levels continue to drop as water needs, both domestic and agricultural, remain unquenchable.

The long-range forecast for the month doesn’t hold much hope for recovery. The Valley is expected to receive its normal amount of rainfall which, even if it happens, will fall well short of resolving the current rain deficit.