Recent rains help but Texas still suffering from drought

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 2:13pm

The state of Texas has been suffering from drought conditions on and off for about 20 years and has been in a consistent drought since 2010. Recent rains have helped many areas, but the majority of the state is still suffering.

About 60 percent of the state is still in some form of a drought with 4 percent of the state suffering from an exceptional drought, the most severe category.

Texas State Climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon says “This is definitely an extreme drought. Historically, it's basically the second worst drought on record for the state of Texas. The drought in the 1950’s was worse, but this one has been the driest 12 months ever and it’s about the second longest on record too.”

Texas is more vulnerable to drought conditions because both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean conditions affect the states weather. The Pacific Ocean has kept us dry in the winter and the Atlantic is keeping us dry in the summer, a bit of a double whammy.


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