The Texas Panhandle has not received any significant precipitation in more than three months. And the weekly updates of the Texas Drought Monitor map are illustrating the progressive decline of our moisture conditions.
In the map released yesterday, we see red in the northeastern tip of the Panhandle, the first time in quite a while that any portion of the region has been categorized in D-3 (extreme drought): http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?TX
Compare the new map with the one from just one week ago http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/png/20180102/20180102_TX_date.png and you can see that, as we continue to go without rain, more and more of our area is falling into D-2 (moderate drought) status.
Here is how the map looked back in early October, right after our last good rain event: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/png/20171010/20171010_TX_date.png