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Texas Drought Forecast to Continue, Perhaps For Years [BARF ALERT]
StateImpact (NPR) ^ | July 19, 2013 | 6:00 AM | Holly Heinrich

Posted on 08/12/2013 12:55:48 PM PDT by re_nortex

Now for some bad news: national meteorologists expect the drought to continue or worsen through late summer and early fall in Texas, and ocean patterns are troublingly similar to those during the “drought of record” in the 1950s.

Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its latest drought forecast. It predicts the drought will persist or intensify in most of Texas from July through October. But there is one exception — in Far West Texas, August and September rains are expected to bring some relief to an area from Midland to El Paso, according to NOAA meteorologist Victor Murphy.

(Excerpt) Read more at stateimpact.npr.org ...


TOPICS: Weather
KEYWORDS: agitprop; agw; alarmist; climate; defundpbsnpr; drought; liberals; pravdamedia; staterunmedia; texas

This garbage comes from the usual suspects, NPR, an leftwing Austin radio station and -- get this -- an intern with those outfits. Sure, it's been a tad dry recently here in Texas but July was cool and damp. And my light bill was laughably low from hardly needing the air conditioner. The lawns in my area are still lush and green. And plenty of rains are forecast for mid-August. The Lone Star State, as always, will do just fine and the Lord will continue to Bless Texas!

The article's comment section could use some sanity from FReepers to counteract the AGW alarmists.

1 posted on 08/12/2013 12:55:48 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: re_nortex

In other news Az is expected to remain desert for the foreseeable future.


2 posted on 08/12/2013 12:59:16 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: re_nortex

How about some reference for Texas Temperatures?
How do you like it when its cold?

http://www.chron.com/sports/article/Tompkins-Documenting-Texas-coast-s-big-chills-1687256.php

Weather runs in cycles, 15-25-30 years patterns. Last 100 years is but a fly speck on the history of the earth....


3 posted on 08/12/2013 1:02:18 PM PDT by 9422WMR (: " Tolerance is the virtue of a man who has no convictions".)
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To: re_nortex

We had a drought last summer in the midwest that could last for years, decades even.

This summer we’ve had better than twice the average amount of rain we get per year in the first 6 months of the year. By midnight tonight we’ll have had another 2 + inches over the last 24 hours.


4 posted on 08/12/2013 1:05:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 9422WMR; mylife
While this is anecdotal, it does prove a point. During the month of July, swimmers at the outdoor pool in my neighborhood were complaining about how the water was cool. And, in my opinion, it was. Back in 2011 when we had that string of over 70 days of 100+ degree days, it was like bathwater and not really refreshing.

The facts are that Texas is hot and dry in the summer. It keeps the liberal riffraff away. They can stay in the miserable, depressing, clammy and uncomfortable places like Seattle and Portland.

5 posted on 08/12/2013 1:07:54 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: 9422WMR

I keep pointing that out but libturds don’t like facts.


6 posted on 08/12/2013 1:08:11 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: re_nortex

This has been a relatively cool summer, but we are way low on water.


7 posted on 08/12/2013 1:11:06 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: 9422WMR
How do you like it when its cold?

As for me, these recent 100 degree days have been a blessing since I still shiver when I think back to February 2011's Super Bowl week and the miserable cold, snow and ice.


8 posted on 08/12/2013 1:14:35 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: mylife
By definition Conservatives are good stewards and here in Texas have done an exemplary job of conserving that precious resource. It's the liberals that waste H2O as well as oxygen with every breath they take!
9 posted on 08/12/2013 1:17:21 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: re_nortex
"clammy and uncomfortable places like Seattle and Portland."

Not this year. Western WA has been like typical Los Angeles weather. Absolutely spectacular around here this year.

10 posted on 08/12/2013 1:18:45 PM PDT by moehoward
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To: re_nortex
Last summer's decades long drought in southern Michigan looked like this back in May.

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11 posted on 08/12/2013 1:21:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

What are the leftists up there saying now? I guess they just clam up and conveniently forget their agenda-pushing predictions of gloom and doom.


12 posted on 08/12/2013 1:25:11 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: re_nortex

One or two small tropical storms in the right places and we’d be caught up on our annual rainfall. The drought is certainly not as bad as it was a few years ago, at least not in SE Texas.


13 posted on 08/12/2013 1:26:27 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: re_nortex

Can they accurately tell me if it will rain next month?
Can they accurately tell me if it will rain next week?
Can they accurately tell me if it will rain tomorrow?

Then why the HELL would I listen to their doomsday prophecy about the weather years into the future?


14 posted on 08/12/2013 1:28:03 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: re_nortex

Pretty certain that the drought is caused by the many wind turbines installed in West Texas that have completely altered the ground heat pattern thereby causing Texas climate change.

Now give me a Nobel Prize, dammit!


15 posted on 08/12/2013 1:33:27 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: re_nortex

The leftists up here are busy fighting the horrors of fracking now that some 500 gas wells are being planned so the great drought has been conveniently forgotten.

Its easier to chase an invisible horror than to convince people to mistrust their own eyes.


16 posted on 08/12/2013 1:36:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: smokingfrog
The drought is certainly not as bad as it was a few years ago, at least not in SE Texas.

Dry weather is the norm for those of us here in Texas. This chart, covering a thirteen-year span, shows that only a handful of months over that period been totally drought free: Drought Condition (Percent Area): Texas. Unlike NPR, of course, I see nothing whatsoever abnormal hereabouts. It's the weather -- it'll change! It reminds me of J.P. Morgan's famous quote about what the stock market would do: "It will fluctuate."

17 posted on 08/12/2013 1:51:33 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: re_nortex

I just got back from a trip through Northern NM and the panhandle of Oklahoma. It is the greenist I have ever seen it in the past 66 years. It is usually hot, dry, desert, prarie. Now it was green, lots of grass, even the area I was raised in as a child was so green I did not recognize it.

It was green clear through to the Glass Mountains west of Enid OK!


18 posted on 08/12/2013 2:05:20 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: re_nortex

After the drought of 2011, the ranchers around here learned to really stock up their barns. Plus the drought gave them a chance to dig deeper ponds.
I’ll tell ya all the barns I see are packed full with hay
I love 95 plus days with no rain. I like rain just enough to fill the ponds and green the pastures. I’ve been to Portland and Seattle, no thanks.


19 posted on 08/12/2013 2:08:49 PM PDT by Undecided 2012
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
I just got back from a trip through Northern NM and the panhandle of Oklahoma. It is the greenist I have ever seen it in the past 66 years. It is usually hot, dry, desert, prarie. Now it was green, lots of grass, even the area I was raised in as a child was so green I did not recognize it.

And there's a flood warning in effect for OKC. So much for these numbskulled alarmists. Man has nothing at all to with weather...it's always been and will always be Almighty God's Will.

20 posted on 08/12/2013 2:10:20 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: re_nortex

Except for one of the comments, there is nothing here about AGW. Just attempts to forecast drought conditions based on normal meteorological science.

Let’s not project liberal propaganda into areas where is doesn’t really exist.

There were massive droughts in the 30s and 50, and no particular reason to assume they won’t happen again. AGW or not.


21 posted on 08/12/2013 2:25:51 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: re_nortex

Cool and damp? Maybe up by DFW but that’s not the case south of you. It’s been in the 100s for weeks. Last week it hit 110. I don’t that’s cool in anyone’s book.


22 posted on 08/12/2013 3:36:35 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: re_nortex

Texas has always been a hot and relatively dry place.

There are only one or two natural lakes in the whole state, and its a BIG state.

If AC had not been invented, who would live here?


23 posted on 08/12/2013 3:39:38 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I live in Wichita Falls, Tx, about 15 miles from the Tx/Ok border. Our local lake is almost dry, for the first time in my lifetime. The 3 lakes we get our water from are a combined 34% full. It’s very bad. There is little green ANYTHING here.

Last week I went to Meers, Ok, for a hamburger. From the time I crossed the Red River (almost dry) into Oklahoma, the scenery changed drastically. The grass was green, crops were growing, stock tanks were full, etc. It was astounding.

Oklahoma has gotten a LOT of rain this season, and yet, 15-100 miles South, we have gotten very little. Rain is a funny thing, it falls where it wants, and it doesn’t want to fall here. :-/


24 posted on 08/12/2013 3:52:03 PM PDT by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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To: Sporke

Severe drought can feed upon itself. The dryer it gets, the less humidity and evaporative moisture there is locally to form clouds. What moisture falls begins to be verga rather than rain, evaporating on the way down, never reaching the ground. This is how the process of desertification starts.


25 posted on 08/12/2013 4:06:54 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: re_nortex

I’m in Wisconsin. We have gone back to the weather of the 70s, with 75-80 in the day and 50s, sometimes 40s, at night. We had warm years in the late 80s-late 90s.

Haven’t used the pool because it takes the propane heater all day to get it up warm enough to swim and then we lose 6 degrees overnight. And this is even with a plastic dome over the water.

The cool nights are delaying tomatoes from ripening, especially since they went in 2 weeks late due to a cool, wet June.

OTOH, my electric bill is lower. We used a/c for about a week or so in July.

Weather is always changing. Everyone needs to deal with it. I am all for these folks forecasting doom and gloom. It is then amusing to see them “hummana, hummana” when it doesn’t turn out as they predicted.


26 posted on 08/12/2013 5:05:33 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Sporke
I live in Wichita Falls, Tx, about 15 miles from the Tx/Ok border. Our local lake is almost dry, for the first time in my lifetime. The 3 lakes we get our water from are a combined 34% full. It’s very bad. There is little green ANYTHING here. Rain is a funny thing, it falls where it wants, and it doesn’t want to fall here.

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. -- James 5:16

The power of prayer is truly awe inspiring. Texas is a largely Conservative state populated with good, God-fearing folks. I think the Good Lord will watch over us and bless the dry areas with rejuvenating rain soon to fill those life-giving lakes. Indeed droughts may come and go but the Almighty is Eternal.

27 posted on 08/12/2013 5:12:10 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: re_nortex

Those are ALL man-made lakes, by the way


28 posted on 08/12/2013 5:13:25 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: cripplecreek

This summer we’ve had better than twice the average amount of rain...”

Well, send some our way. We had .1 of an inch this weekend in our neighborhood, nothing last week. Just west of us they had almost 2 inches. Must be an umbrella over part of our area. The greater Houston area is at least 10 inches under normal but certainly not as dry as last summer.


29 posted on 08/12/2013 6:03:15 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: re_nortex
Sure, it's been a tad dry recently here in Texas but July was cool and damp.

I don't know what part of Texas you live in, but in the DFW area it's been blistering hot for weeks and weeks. I know, because I work outdoors in it every day.

I think our a/c has been running 24/7 now for at least a couple of months.

We haven't had nearly as many 100+ degree days this summer, but it's still hot as hell out there.

30 posted on 08/12/2013 9:38:35 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
Where did this weather come from?: The last time the DFW area saw a similar July cool spell was in 2007 when there was a string of 80-degree days, Dunn said.
31 posted on 08/12/2013 10:27:21 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: re_nortex
July cool spell

LOL

Yeah, I know it hasn't been as hot as in previous years, but it's been anything but 'cool'. Ninety degree weather will still cook your brains out if you have to work in it.

32 posted on 08/13/2013 8:45:34 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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