Climate Experts Meet To Discuss Epic Texas Drought

FORT WORTH (AP) – Federal and state weather forecasters and climate experts are getting together to brainstorm about the epic 2011 Texas drought and what weather trends might signal for the future.

This year’s drought already has cost the Texas agriculture and cattle industries more than $5 billion. Intensifying La Nina conditions in the equatorial waters of the Pacific Ocean signal the approach of another dry winter. That means little to no relief from the drought conditions.

State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon already has told the Austin American-Statesman that the drought could be the beginning of a decade-long dry spell. He will join National Weather Service forecasters and climatologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Monday’s discussion in Fort Worth.

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  • juan cariaga

    why is the federal civil engineers not diverting all that flood water and all all that snow melt into the southwest region..instead of all that good water traveling straight south on the mississippi and ending up in the gulf of mexico….the water could be diverted straight into the aquifer for future shortages.we can construct oil pipe lines from alaska…why we cant do the same with water. ?Texas is going to be in a drought mode till 2020…we are in bad shape and its getting worse by the hr.even a system that can turn sea water into drinkable water would be good…

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  • jackie_gt

    Very true. Obviously most don’t value water as much as oil… until they have none to drink. That’s why they’re willing to ‘invest’ in an oil pipeline but not one for water. Worse yet is water is being diverted from farmers to San Antonio. Last time I checked 70% of city water consumption is used on lawns and ornamental shrubbery. We can’t eat those. Most folks are incredibly short sighted.

  • NiteNurse

    Darn those scientists with all their studying of the climate! I’m sure none of this drought information could be useful to any of us.

  • jefferson davis

    Its these escaped Negro slaves causing all the mayhem.

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