It’s been raining on and off here in Central Texas the last few weeks. Not enough to break the drought. In fact, not even enough to get Austin out of the severest drought category as of last week. We’ll see what this week brings. But enough to lift people’s mood. A slow moving front, which looks likely to bring floods to Memphis this weekend, is draped across the central Texas corridor and drizzling steadily as I type. A perfectly gloomy day. By the “sun-is-your-enemy” topsy-turvy standards of Texas, a very good day indeed. But no drought-buster.
And it’s important to remember that, despite what you see and hear, Texas is not the bullseye of this drought. The Texas-Mexico border is. And this year has been the driest on record in northern Mexico as well as in Texas. This doesn’t just mean a bad crop – this can mean desperation and starvation. And of course it means migratory population pressure as well.
Hardest hit regions are Durango, Zacatecas, Chihuahua, Coahuila and San Luis Potosi.