South Central Texas drought worsens


Friday, December 5th 2008, 6:28 pm
By: News 9


SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The National Weather Service says the parched area between Austin and New Braunfels has reached an "exceptional" drought level. That's the most severe on the Weather Service drought scale.
   Forecasters reclassified the area yesterday. They say there's little prospect for rain in the area, meaning nearby communities probably will succumb to exceptional drought levels.
   Weather Service meteorologist Marianne Sutton in New Braunfels says she wouldn't be surprised if the "extreme" drought area expands even further in the next couple of weeks.
   The area has had less than half the usual rain this year and is headed into the driest time of the year.
   The U.S. Climate Prediction Center expects below-normal rainfall through at least February.