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Severe Drought in Texas
Just Three Months After Hurricane Harvey


The last drought Texas experienced occurred in 2011 and was the state's driest year in recorded history with only 14.8 inches of rainfall.

On Monday, December 11, the Texas Water Development Board stated in its weekly water report that currently 37% of Texas is experiencing severe drought conditions. This number is up from just 2.5% last month and is more than double last year's percentage, 14%, during this time.

In fact, this past October and November ranked among the top driest months in Texas' recorded history. During these two months, no county in the entirety of Texas saw more than four inches of rainfall.
This is concerning because normally this is the time of year when Texas sees the highest amount of rainfall. Furthermore, the drought comes just three months after Hurricane Harvey, during which Texas saw historic amounts of rainfall and flooding.

Matt Bishop, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service Fort Worth Forecast Office, stated that rainfall in the coming weeks is unlikely.

Nationally, the United States Drought Monitor reports, "during the past three months, the focal point of drought development has been centered over portions of the Desert Southwest, Deep South, and southern Plains while conditions have steadily improved across the Pacific Northwest."

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August 18, 2019, 12:46 am PDT

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