"La Niña is back, and that bodes ill for the state's deepening drought.
- and likely will strengthen this winter.
- when La Niña is in place.
Last winter La Niña conditions kick-started a drought that has now engulfed 80 percent of Texas in an "exceptional" drought, the worst category tracked by the U.S. Drought Monitor. The resulting drought has led more than 800 of the state's communities to initiate water restrictions, and caused Texas' worst wildfire year on record....
"We need above-normal rainfall to break this drought, and we're probably not going to get it," said John Nielsen-Gammon, the state climatologist.
"This is looking more and more like a multi-year drought. Anyplace that doesn't get lucky with tropical moisture in the next couple of months
- is probably going to be in bad shape for a long time."...