U.S. Drought Monitor: Texas Will Have To Wait For Its Own 'Mad Max' Reality

Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters this weekend. (Read our review here.) If the action reboot has you pining for water wars in a parched, post-apocalyptic wasteland, we have some bad news for you: Your Mad Max fantasies won't become a reality in Texas any time soon. 

That's because the U.S. Drought Monitor says Texas is no longer in the "Exceptional Drought" category for the first time since mid-2012. "Exceptional Drought" is the most severe of agency's five designations.

Don't be mistaken. Texas is still in a multi-year drought and has been since 2011. Despite recent spates of heavy rain, a number of areas are still experiencing drought conditions. The most severe areas, which are now categorized as contending with "Extreme Drought," include Kerr, Gillespie and Llano Counties northwest of San Antonio, the Wichita Falls area and pockets of the Panhandle. Portions of Bexar County are still experiencing "Abnormally Dry" conditions, so local water restrictions still remain in effect for the time being. 

Meanwhile, if you want to live out your Mad Max fantasy, try California. Things aren't looking so great out there. 

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