More than three-quarters of the Lone Star State is enduring extreme or exceptional drought conditions. Parts of the Oklahoma panhandle have gone without rain for over eight months. Some 9,000 wildfires have ravaged 2+ million acres of Texas terrain, including a substantial amount of pasture land.
Old timers are saying that the only difference between today’s drought conditions and the Dust Bowl days is they had water back in the 1930s.
“You hope God gives you the strength to get over the drought,” Matt Farmer, 51, told the Los Angeles Times. “If I fail, I’ve let my father and my father-in-law down. They all made it.”
Climatologists are blaming the current conditions on shifting rainfall patterns.
“‘Global weirding’ is the best way to describe what we are seeing,” said Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University. “There is a lot going on these days that’s not what we are used to seeing. What’s happening is our rainfall patterns are shifting. In some places it means more heavy rainfall, in some places it means more drought, in some places it means both.”
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