The Texas drought has continued to worsen and the state has just experienced its driest seven consecutive months since record keeping began in 1895, according to http://www.guidrynews.com/story.aspx?id=1000034679” title=“a story from Guidry News Service”>a story from Guidry News Service. The story reports that Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon, who also serves as an atmospheric sciences professor at Texas A&M University, adds that, historically, however, records show Texas is receiving increasingly more rain.
Says Nielsen-Gammon, “For Texas, March and April were the driest March-April on record, by a large margin. The state averaged only 1.03 inches; the previous record was 1.76 inches and the long-term average is 4.18 inches. Also, February through April shattered the record. The state averaged only 1.69 inches, breaking the previous record by 0.88 inches; average would be 5.82 inches. October through April, with 5.83 inches, broke not just the previous October-April record but the record for any seven-month period.”
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, all of Texas is in a drought stage, and about one-fourth of the state is in “exceptional drought,” the highest drought level that occurs every 50 to 100 years.
But amazingly, despite the drought, the long-term trend is that Texas has been getting wetter, Nielsen-Gammon says.
“Despite our current severe drought, the long-term precipitation trend is upward in Texas, by about 10 percent per century,” notes the Texas A&M professor. “Recently, our drought years have been alternating with flood years.
“I was surprised to find that precipitation amounts are increasing across most of the United States. We hear a lot about long-term drought in the Southwest, but precipitation is mostly steady or increasing there too, according to our analysis.”
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