Take a look at this special map of Texas, prepared by the United States Drought Mitigation Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This map indicates the different degrees of drought in our state as of July 15, 2014. Here are the color designations:
WHITE: NO DROUGHT
YELLOW: ABNORMALLY DRY
BEIGE: MODERATE DROUGHT
ORANGE: SEVERE DROUGHT
RED: EXTREME DROUGHT
BROWN: EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
Fortunately for Cameron County and the eastern half of Willacy County, there is no drought at all. Unfortunately, as you move inland into Hidalgo County, the eastern 1/3 of the county and the western half of Willacy County are "Abnormally Dry."
"Moderate Drought" is affecting the central part of Hidalgo County. The western edge of Hidalgo County and virtually all of Starr County are classified as "Severe Drought."
If you'd like more drought information, visit the official government website here.. http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?TX