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Texas Drought-Free After A Dry Decade
The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7-26-2007

Posted on 07/26/2007 1:20:29 PM PDT by blam

Texas Drought-Free After a Dry Decade

Thursday July 26, 2007 9:01 PM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - For the first time in at least a decade, Texas was declared drought-free Thursday.

``We've gotten so much rain this year, we've pretty much made up for the past few years' drought conditions in several areas of the state,'' said John Nielsen-Gammon, the state's climatologist and a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University.

Only isolated areas in the northern Panhandle, far West Texas and along the eastern margins of the state are below normal when it comes to rainfall, and they're aren't so dry to be considered in still in a drought, he said.

There's been so much rain, in fact, that flooding has become a problem in some areas, and many farmers are struggling to salvage crops that remain under water, Nielsen-Gammon said. At least 16 deaths have been blamed on heavy rain since mid-June, and property damage has been widespread.

The U.S. Drought Monitor, connected with the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, shows severe or extreme drought conditions in parts of the Southeast and much of the West, but Texas and most of the nation's mid-section is drought-free.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drought; rain; texas; weather

1 posted on 07/26/2007 1:20:31 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

I wonder if they were citing the drought as proof of global warming.


2 posted on 07/26/2007 1:22:22 PM PDT by cpprfld (Who said accountants are boring?)
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To: blam

It’s amazing to see just how green Texas is right now in satellite photos that show vegitation growth.


3 posted on 07/26/2007 1:25:30 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: blam

It’s amazing to see just how green Texas is right now in satellite photos that show vegitation growth.


4 posted on 07/26/2007 1:25:50 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: cpprfld
The Guardian is worried about Texas weather right now?
5 posted on 07/26/2007 1:26:57 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: cpprfld

Silly, anything is proof of global warming. That is how the game is played. Ergo, all this rain that Texas is getting isn’t a sign of good things, but bad, unless there is a drought in which case there is surely global warming. Get it, its simple.


6 posted on 07/26/2007 1:27:46 PM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: blam

After living through “droughts” in CA and NM that seemed to last longer than “normal” years, I’ve decided that drought-like conditions are normal, and lots of rain is not.

So instead of “drought” and “normal” rainfall, let’s be realistic.

It ought to be “normal” (previously “drought”) and “wet” (previously “normal”).

I think a philosophic approach like this will lead to more realistic assessment and planning when it comes to fresh water in the West.


7 posted on 07/26/2007 1:27:51 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: blam

That’s because Bush is having Rove use that hurricane-steering device to bring rains to TX.


8 posted on 07/26/2007 1:30:21 PM PDT by ElectricStrawberry (1/27 Wolfhounds...cut in half during the Clinton years.)
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To: FlipWilson

Remember, the Libs’ code words now are “climate change.” ANY kind of change in climate is seen by them as evidence of man putting too much CO2 into the air.


9 posted on 07/26/2007 1:30:33 PM PDT by DeweyCA
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To: HamiltonJay

good thing too with the price of a bale of hay as high as 9.75 this year. Now my horses just have to wade out to the pasture.


10 posted on 07/26/2007 1:30:39 PM PDT by dblshot
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To: FlipWilson

I can probably even quantify it... The drought was proof of global warming because it stayed so hot and dry. The heavy rainfall is proof of global warming because all the ice caps are melting, increasing the water in the air available for rain. The fact my pen ran out of ink during a meeting is proof of global warming, the ink should’ve lasted longer. And if you can’t see the link between melting ice cream and global warming...well...I don’t know what to tell you.


11 posted on 07/26/2007 1:30:44 PM PDT by faloi
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To: blam

Droughts suck, but correcting them in a month or so isn’t much fun either.


12 posted on 07/26/2007 1:30:56 PM PDT by listenhillary (¿Qué parter DE "illegal" ousted no entente?)
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To: cpprfld
I wonder if they were citing the drought as proof of global warming.

Even if they were, they'll soon be siting the unusually wet and cool summer so far as the new proof of globull warming.

13 posted on 07/26/2007 1:31:19 PM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: blam

And we’re also getting a break from the normal 100 plus degree temperatures.

It’s been a reasonably cool but humid summer.


14 posted on 07/26/2007 1:31:45 PM PDT by primeval patriot (Let's go to the Off-World! Brought to you by the Shimago-Dominguez Corporation.)
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To: HamiltonJay

You can say that again, LOL! Hubby has had a hard time keeping up with mowing our place(1.5 acres), as soon as he finishes it, it needs mowing again. We also had a small cucumber in the garden that grew to 1 foot long and 3 inches in diameter in just a few days. I was worried it wouldn’t be any good, but it was delicious.


15 posted on 07/26/2007 1:33:05 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: ravingnutter

Hahah, well I live in the Temperate Rainforest (no I’m not exagerating it really is a temperate rainforest) of Western Pa, and I just have to laugh when I hear water conservation hoo ha around these parts..... You can’t walk 1/4 mile in any direction around these parts without hitting running water of some sort or another.

There are parts of this world where water is hard to come by... here certainly ain’t it.


16 posted on 07/26/2007 1:37:02 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: SwinneySwitch

ping!

How’s the cotton crop going around Swinney Switch and points south? Everything looked real nice a couple of weeks ago but it’s been raining ever since. Last year nobody made a crop. This year too much rain.


17 posted on 07/26/2007 1:40:40 PM PDT by DaGman (`)
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To: ravingnutter

18 posted on 07/26/2007 1:41:47 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: blam

We are in a ten year Rain Cycle for good rain.


20 posted on 07/26/2007 1:48:09 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: primeval patriot

Hey—at 3:48 on July 26th, it’s 77 degrees here after a rain. Before that it was 82 degrees. It’s supposed to be about 95. Been this way all summer. I like it.


21 posted on 07/26/2007 1:49:43 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Thompson '08-- imwithfred.com)
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To: cpprfld

“I wonder if they were citing the drought as proof of global warming.”

I’ve lived in deep South Texas for over 60 years and this is the first time in my life that I’ve ever seen the temperature remain below 100 this late in the year. Global warming? HUH?

These environazis are so confused between global warming and global cooling that they now call it “climate change.”


22 posted on 07/26/2007 1:50:21 PM PDT by DH (The government writes no bill that does not line the pockets of special interests.)
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To: dblshot

I`m not sure what sq bale prices are here in Tn.
but rolls are selling for $50 up for just grass hay.

Fields that were fertilized didn`t make any more hay
than without any. That`s a LOT of money thrown away.

Drought and floods ; the extremes will kill `ya


23 posted on 07/26/2007 1:50:55 PM PDT by 31M20RedDevil (Fred Thompson for President)
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To: Spktyr

Cool, we could use two of those, LOL! Maybe then hubby could play with the dog so the goofy mutt wouldn’t chase it and bite the tires like he does the riding mower, I thought he was going to lose his nose last week (he’s a German Shepherd).


24 posted on 07/26/2007 1:52:09 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: 31M20RedDevil

Last I checked coastal hay was $90 a roll.


25 posted on 07/26/2007 2:00:53 PM PDT by dblshot
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To: HamiltonJay

I did not know sat where that current. Which one.


26 posted on 07/26/2007 2:20:29 PM PDT by Orange1998 (4 Real)
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To: dblshot

Yeah,the skies gonna be the limit on feed prices.
Cattle are being sold off a record rate

I look to see some “people” that have horses just
open the gate and let them loose.

Two yrs ago I sold rolls for $20,good hay too.
I`m short about 300 that I need.


27 posted on 07/26/2007 2:21:35 PM PDT by 31M20RedDevil (Fred Thompson for President)
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To: Clara Lou

It’s been raining in Houston so much I loose count of the days. It seems like every day.


28 posted on 07/26/2007 2:22:27 PM PDT by Orange1998 (4 Real)
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To: Orange1998

We haven’t had near the rain you have—seems to dissipate some before it gets here. We’re only up 5-1/2”. But we do have the all-day cloudy days.


29 posted on 07/26/2007 2:25:35 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Thompson '08-- imwithfred.com)
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To: HamiltonJay

Do all the mosquitos show up on that satellite? They should, they are big enough to carry you off and move in flocks like birds. They carry more of my DNA than I do.


30 posted on 07/26/2007 2:26:47 PM PDT by billygoatgruff
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To: Clara Lou

Houston Month-to-date precip. is 8.80 and the normal is 2.61. We are up 7 inches. BTW its raining today.


31 posted on 07/26/2007 2:45:16 PM PDT by Orange1998 (4 Real)
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To: blam

We used to joke in California that the sign in front of the agency that reports on such things said Drought on one side and Flood Control on the other, just like your diswasher has a tag for clean and dirty.


32 posted on 07/26/2007 2:49:08 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Spktyr

I’ll bet the cats run from that mouse.


33 posted on 07/26/2007 2:51:29 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Old Professer; Orange1998; billygoatgruff

Photo in the News: Texas Goes Green After Record Rainfall

34 posted on 07/26/2007 2:55:18 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: DaGman

Just read a report from Texas Seed Trade that the cotton in S. Tx is about 2+ weeks behind and that there won’t be much of a bottom crop on the plants. Also worried about boll rot. Doesn’t sound too good. Don’t have enough heat units so far. Cotton that is opening will have lower quality lint and that means lower prices because of the quality.


35 posted on 07/26/2007 3:14:19 PM PDT by TDA2
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To: TDA2
Here's Lake Texoma a couple weeks ago going over the spillway for the third time since it was built back in 1943.


36 posted on 07/26/2007 3:20:25 PM PDT by smokinleroy
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To: Clara Lou

Me too! Last year it was roasting hot by this time. 77 degrees in early evening is fine by me!


37 posted on 07/26/2007 3:22:53 PM PDT by twntaipan (Who needs jihad when you have the dhimmicrats?)
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To: HamiltonJay

I just got from a trip to Dallas to visit my parents. It was very lush and pretty.

One thing that was very scary was flying over the DFW area, and there are just pockets of water all over the place. Baseball fields still covered in water.

Last year when I was in Dallas, it was very dry looking.

Now, I’m back in California and everything looks so drab and dry here.


38 posted on 07/26/2007 3:40:04 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: HamiltonJay
"It’s amazing

It's amazing to see it in person. I've never seen it so green this time of year and trees have put on another foot of growth this month when they're normally hunkered down trying to survive.

Last time I looked we'd had 35 straight days of below normal high temps and early Wednesday morning the temp was 66. 66? In July in central Texas? Insane.

I can only figure it's from all the melting ice....

39 posted on 07/26/2007 3:45:00 PM PDT by Proud_texan (Just my opinion, no relationship to reality is expressed or implied.)
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To: TDA2

Not good. That’s what I was afraid of. Everything was going along fine until about the second week of June. It hasn’t stopped raining since.

And that will follow last year when most seed didn’t even come up be it cotton or corn.


40 posted on 07/26/2007 3:50:34 PM PDT by DaGman (`)
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To: blam

I’m on the ground and can confirm this report. Back to you.


41 posted on 07/26/2007 3:51:42 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: primeval patriot

79 deg here in NE Tx right now


42 posted on 07/26/2007 4:40:52 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: blam

43 posted on 07/26/2007 4:46:13 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: smokinleroy

Pretty picture but not a pretty site for those affected by this much rainfall. I have a brother that lives down NE of Austin and he said he couldn’t even walk in his back yard without bogging down to his ankle and he has a really nice grassed backyard. Too much rain can be as bad as not enough for sure.


44 posted on 07/26/2007 4:53:50 PM PDT by TDA2
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To: DaGman

Exactly. My son lives down SW of Houston and there is even too much rain for the rice planted down there.


45 posted on 07/26/2007 4:55:25 PM PDT by TDA2
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To: DaGman

Don’t know about the cotton. Can’t get the corn in till it stops raining! 70% chance of rain tomorrow and 70% Saturday.

The wild sunflowers are about 15’ tall down by the creek!

Must be those darn wind turbines in West Texas slowing down the global atmosphere!;^)


46 posted on 07/26/2007 5:00:00 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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To: blam

It’s just like the government to certify us as being “drought free” right after monsoon season is over. I don’t expect to see appreciable rainfall for another 2 months.


47 posted on 07/26/2007 7:35:27 PM PDT by zeugma (If I eat right, don't smoke and exercise, I might live long enough to see the last Baby Boomer die.)
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To: DaGman

(S. Tex)Farmers fear ‘total disaster’ if rain doesn’t stop

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA072707.1B.agrain.345d56c.html


48 posted on 07/27/2007 7:31:34 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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To: Orange1998

Per one weatherman it rained 23 days in June. Per my guessing it has rained 22 days in July.

My electric bill is grateful for all the cool weather, but I am going insane ~ ~ I NEED SUNSHINE!!!


49 posted on 07/27/2007 7:39:31 AM PDT by TheMom (Dix, TexasCowboy and Flyer all now live in the next best place to Texas . . . Heaven!)
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To: TheMom; All


The view from my back yard on Town Creek in Kerrville. ;o)
50 posted on 07/27/2007 7:52:49 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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