LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Rains that fell across much of Texas over the Memorial Day weekend have improved drought conditions in some of the driest parts of the state.
The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows the driest designations in West and Southwest Texas improved one stage - to extreme drought.
Areas in extreme drought, such as the Rolling Plains east of Lubbock, also improved one step, to moderate.
The rains provided short-term relief to the Panhandle and South Plains regions, which are in their fourth year of drought.
May and June normally are the wettest months in Texas. The system that brought the rains is typical for this time of year.
The most rain fell around San Angelo, where the National Weather Service says some locations got as much as 11 inches.
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