The October rains are finally having an impact on the drought.


  The U.S. Drought Monitor, released today, shows the southeastern half of Bexar County, essentially the part south and east of Interstate 35, is out of drought conditions, being listed only as 'abnormally dry.'


  The northwest half of the county is listed as in 'moderate drought,' the least severe category, but a quick drive into the Hill Country will reveal 'severe' and 'extreme' drought conditions remaining.


  The drought has shown significant improvement in the Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley, where only a portion of the Valley and none of the Coastal Bend currently in the most severe categories of extreme or exceptional drought.


  In fact, only 5% of Texas is currently under exceptional drought conditions, the lowest figure since April.  Wide stretches of West Texas, which were in the most serious two categories just a few weeks ago, have shown significant improvement.


  October is traditionally among the wettest months of the year in Texas, and rains are expected to continue across much of the state all week.