As expected, the usual propagandists are exploiting this drought to the hilt. The following Google search currently results in almost 5 million results:
Texas drought "global warming" OR "climate change"
But, there are a few “minor” details about that NCDC data which the utterly dishonest propagandists deliberately ignore. Such as:
1) The second driest year was 1917 (with 0.7% more precipitation than 2011). The record high precipitation was set in 1919 (just two years later).
2) The third driest year was 1956 (with 4% more rain than 2011). The very next year (1957) witnessed the 8th highest precipitation in the 117 years of available records.
3) The precipitation trend rate since 1895 shows Texas precipitation is increasing at a rate of 0.02 inches per decade (about as flat a trend line as you can get).
So, history suggests that Texas will probably recover from this drought in a year or two (by which time, the utterly dishonest, purely political propagandists will be telling some new set of bald faced lies).
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