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Killer Texas Summer Shatters Heat, Drought Records

By Brad Johnson  

"Killer Texas Summer Shatters Heat, Drought Records"

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Although Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) believes his state will “be fine,” in reality Texas is undergoing its most extreme drought, heat wave, and wildfire season in history. “The year 2011 continues the recent trend of being much warmer than the historical precipitation-temperature relationship would indicate, although with no previous points so dry it’s hard to say exactly what history would say about a summer such as this one,” Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon writes. “Except that this summer is way beyond the previous envelope of summer temperature and precipitation.”

The Texas summer of 2011 is an unprecedented outlier in terms of drought and high temperature. By John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist.

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