Drought in West Texas
During the winter of 2005-2006, the High Plains of Texas experienced more than 100 consecutive days without rain. Together with the unusually warm temperatures, soils dried and wildfires blazed across the state. Although climate change is not likely to result in major changes in rainfall across this region, the warmer temperatures it brings will make these conditions more frequent in the future.
Below is the entire USHCN record for the last 100 years in Crosbyton, the closest USHCN station to Lubbock. The number of days over 90 degrees has declined over the last 100 years, and 2007 was the coolest summer on record there – with only 30 days over 90 degrees.