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Wednesday, June 15, 2022
New Southern Plains Perspective Blog Post: "Well, Texas Needs Rain, So Let Me Write About That..."
There is a new blog post out at the Southern Plains Perspective written by Clay Pope talking about expecting hotter temperatures this summer and fall, and the need for more rain along with that in the southern plains:

Here is a sneak peek:

Ok…that headline is supposed to be a joke. If you follow this blog, you know I have written quite a bit the last few months about the dry conditions in the Southern Plains and the outlook for even dryer weather this summer and fall. 

And as fate would have it as soon as I put out the maps comparing our current conditions to those that lead up to the record drought of 2011-15 it started to rain in Oklahoma and other parts of the region. (https://southernplainsperspective.wordpress.com/2022/05/31/youre-welcome-oklahoma/) Like Oklahoma Climatologist Gary McManus so often says, “the best way to break a drought is to start talking about it.”

With that in mind, today, I want to put my “impressive precipitation powers” to work for good once again and write about the challenges facing the southernmost state in the region. Texas really needs rain.

In a recent publication from Texas A&M , Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon warned that the Lone Star State was facing its most severe early summer drought in nearly a decade and that anticipated hot, dry weather could kick off one of the hottest summers in state history.   The publication quoted Nielsen-Gammon as saying, “it would not surprise me if this summer ended up being the second-hottest summer on record for the state. The heat will be accompanied by little to no precipitation, guaranteeing that the first half of June will also see below-normal precipitation across the state.”

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