For the first time in nearly five years, the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor says none of Bexar County is in what it refers to as 'drought conditions,' and a portion of east and southeast Bexar County is not even listed as 'abnormally dry.'

  But is the drought, which formally began in the summer of 2011, really over?

  State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon, a professor at Texas A&M says don't go out and drown your St. Augustine grass just yet.

  He says we are in far better shape than we were just six months ago, thanks to El Nino, which is credited for our wetter than normal winter and spring, and he says there are indications that El Nino will stick around.

  "Since it's supposed to hang around through the winter time, that means we could be looking at another above normal winter again," Nielsen-Gammon told News Radio 1200 WOAI.

  The amount of rainfall San Antonio has received in the first four months of 2015 is double the amount that usually falls through April.

  The Edwards Aquifer level this morning of 653 feet is the highest it’s been in nearly two years.

  But Nielsen-Gammon says. while the metro San Antonio area appears to be moving away from the drought, there are parts of the north and northwest parts of Texas which are far from in the clear.

  "We still have enough of the state in drought it is not like we can say we don't have to worry about it any more," he said.  "There is still exceptional drought, the worst possible condition, around the Wichita Falls area, and these recent rains haven't helped them at all." 

  Even though the Aquifer level is higher than it’s been in 23 months, it is still about 18 feet below average for this time of year.  The San Antonio Water System says it is committed to remaining with the current Stage Two water restrictions.