Weather Question For Dr. Bob

Posted/updated on: September 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

Do fall and winter hold any good news for rain in the East TX and DFW area?

ANSWER

You’re not going to like this. It appears as if precipitation will continue at or below normal well into the cool season. We’re going to be better off than we have been, but we’re not going to be making up our deficits. LaNina, though in weakened form, is forecast to persist. A new science called “dendrochronology”–determining previous weather conditions from tree-ring data, says that protracted dry periods have occurred in the past. We can trace our climate averages back to 1426. Our current dry period is comparable with that of 949-1956. That we have observations for. Prior to that, we go back to 1716-1725, and then 1450-1489. This is probably very much more than you wanted to know, but I’ve been reading about it lately and wanted to tell somebody.
RKP

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