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First half of 2008 could be among 10 driest for Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Texas is parched and hot.....again. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows about 95 percent of Texas is now in some stage of drought.

In late May, only about 59 percent of Texas had some degree of drought. The Associated Press reports that one year ago 99 percent of the state was drought-free.

Worst hit now is the San Antonio area, which is in extreme drought and has had just under four inches of rain since January first.

The National Weather Service says that's the driest ever for that time span. The drought forced the Edwards Aquifer Authority this week to implement the first stage of groundwater restrictions. The aquifer supplies drinking water to San Antonio.

Burn bans are in effect in nearly half of the state's 254 counties.

On the Net:   http://drought.unl.edu/dm

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