The drought conditions have gotten worse for us in East Texas, as some areas have been upgraded to a stage 4 "exceptional" drought. If you recall, the past few weeks, most of East Texas was in a severe to extreme drought. That has now changed to a situation in which the northern portions of East Texas are in an extreme drought, and areas from Trinity to Corrigan to Zavalla to Toledo Bend are now in an exceptional drought.
The shading of maroon represents that "exceptional" drought and does include southern portions of Angelina county.
This is the worst possible drought category you can fall into, as there is no other category below this one.
The persistent warm and dry weather has resulted from a La Nina weather pattern, which has held true to form since it took shape last summer.
Unfortunately, there are no real signs of a weather pattern shift that would lead to significantly better rain chances.
While many counties are not under burn bans at the present time, it would not be wise to do any outdoor burning as the parched soils and gusty winds will create a high fire danger for the next several weeks.