While we were rightfully worried about the hard freeze that descended upon Texas just before Christmas, you might have missed the news that drought conditions across the state have eased to levels not seen in more than a year.

Unfortunately, the improvement comes too late for Austin, which will end this year with cumulative rainfall nearly 10 inches below normal, making 2022 the city’s driest year since the drought-plagued and heat record-setting year of 2011, data from the National Weather Service show.

Read more from Roberto Villalpando with the Austin American-Statesman here.