Since they started keeping records, the trend in Texas winter precipitation is 0.00. The 1950s was (by far) the driest decade.
The experts batted 0.000 – as usual.
Aug. 31, 2011
So far this year, the state has recorded about 7.5 in. of rain, Nielsen-Gammon says. “That’s 40% of our normal rainfall. The previous drought was 69% of normal.” He gives the state a 50% chance of lower-than-normal precipitation this winter. If the La Niña effect — cool water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific waters — kicks in later this year, those odds get tougher and go to 75% or 80% for a dry winter, Nielsen-Gammon says.