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Texas rain of little help to drought


Ranchers are suffering the effects of the drought
Ranchers are suffering the effects of the drought

Sana Ahmed, staff writer

October 11, 2011 — Record-breaking rain won’t help Texas drought.

Temperatures reached up to a scorching 47 degrees this summer
Temperatures reached up to a scorching 47 degrees this summer

Texas received much-needed rainfall this past weekend. In fact, it was record-breaking rain. That might sound like great news considering that the state has been battling a serious drought over the past 12 months. But that’s actually not the case according to Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

“Yes, they did get some much-needed rain, but it’s not enough to end the drought.”

Some parts of Texas got as much as 100 millimeters of rain. Climatologists say that so much rain in such a short period of time isn’t necessarily beneficial for the drought conditions in Texas. Vettese agrees.

Texas got record-breaking rainfall this weekend
Texas got record-breaking rainfall this weekend

“You can get flooding, because the top layers of soil gets hard during a drought. You need slow, steady rain. Otherwise, you can even get flash floods.”

This year has been the driest one in Houston. Some experts say the drought could possibly last for a decade if current weather patterns persist.

That is likely going to affect farmers. Farmers are already complaining about extremely dry land. Grass and hay, which are used to feed livestock, are especially dry and scarce.

Seasonal forecasters say it’s hard to predict when the drought will end.

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