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Sunday, October 23, 2011

More Milestones of History

On August 4, Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon declared the 2011 drought to be the most severe one-year drought on record. By the end of July, records had been set for least year-to-date precipitation, driest consecutive 10 months, and driest 12 months ending in July. “These statistics rank the current drought as the most severe one-year drought ever for Texas,” said Nielsen-Gammon. “Never before has so little rain been recorded prior to and during the primary growing season for crops, plants and warm-season grasses.”
For now, the most severe Texas drought overall is still the 1950-1957 drought. “The present drought is shorter but sharper,” Nielsen-Gammon added in his press release. “So far, its impacts have been disproportionately felt in agriculture, but many water suppliers throughout the state have now imposed water restrictions.”

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