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||A strong front with extremely dry air ended Thanksgiving Weekend (November 27-29), with three consecutive afternoons with humidity falling below 10 percent across much of the region. Exceptional Drought would cover all of the Lower Rio Grande Valley except a small pocket in Willacy County to start December; Extreme Drought was confined to the Upper Valley and Rio Grande Plains.
Welcome rains and frequent damp cool-downs arrived starting on the weekend of December 10th, when 2 to more than 3 inches fell from western Hidalgo through Starr County, with 1 to 2 inches elsewhere except east of Highway 77 in Cameron and Willacy County. Despite the rains, only modest improvement was noted in Hidalgo County.
||Exceptional (D4) Drought persisted across all but the northwest corner of Brooks County through December. Rainfall estimated between one and 1.5 inches during the last three weeks of the month was not enough to change the long term condition. Cattle and other herds continued to be thinned considerably due to very short grassland.