Texas needs rain, and plenty of it, but the immediate forecast looks bleak. Tinder-dry vegetation plus high winds spell disaster for some areas of the state as wildfires race across the plains. As you can see in the map below, some areas north of the Greater Houston Metro Area are in conditions of extreme drought, with virtually no rain in a year. The areas currently burning are just below the right side of the panhandle. See my previous post for the counties affected, along with a county map.
Note also that there are areas of drought affecting Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and parts of western Tennessee as well.