Texas drought surpasses 1918 as State’s 2nd-worst on record; 1950s’ drought still most severe

10 08 2011

The Associate Press reported the following on August 9, 2011:

Texas is officially in the midst of its second-worst drought on record.  National Weather Service meteorologist Victor Murphy said Tuesday that this year’s drought has now surpassed one that ended in 1918 as the second-driest period in the state.

Texas’ most severe overall drought remains one that persisted from 1950-1957. The state climatologist last week declared the current drought the state’s most severe one-year drought on record.  Texas saw less than an inch of rain statewide in July, and more than 90 percent of the state already is in the two most extreme stages of drought. It has endured its driest 10 consecutive months on record.   A newly updated weather map shows the drought holding firm through at least October.

Michael Norris, file/AP Bottom of Pond near Amarillo Texas

 
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