September 30, 2011
Texas Drought Could Persist For Years To Come
A Texas forecaster said on Thursday that the drought in the state could continue for another nine years, according to a recent Reuters report.
The Texas drought has already cost over $5 billion in damages to farmers and ranchers in the state.
"It is possible that we could be looking at another of these multiyear droughts like we saw in the 1950s, and like the tree rings have shown that the state has experienced over the last several centuries," State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon told Reuters.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Drought Monitor has listed about 95 percent of Texas as either "severe" or "exceptional".
Reuters reported that the current drought started in 2005 and could wind up being a 15-year stretch if patterns continue to persist.
Nielsen-Gammon said Texas was 10 to 20 inches short of rainfall compared to where it should be at the end of September.
The Texas Forest Service said that over 23,000 separate wildfires have destroyed 3.8 million acres and 2,800 homes.
The Forest Service called in two air tankers from Canada this week to help fight the wildfires.
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