2011 Texas Drought Statistics
As of September 5, 2011, the pine forests of central and eastern Texas, the northern Panhandle and the southern Houston suburbs have been hit by scores of fires that have destroyed 1,091 homes and consumed 3.6 million acres, roughly the size of Connecticut, since the fire season began in November
October 2010 to July 2011 was the driest of any 10-month period on record for Texas.. As of July 23rd, the current drought is the 3rd worst on record.. As of August 30, 100% of the State is in drought status and 81% of the State is in Exceptional Drought status.
Through June 14th, Amarillo had received only 0.68 inches of precipitation in 2011, with the vast majority being snowfall (9.6 inches)
Precipitation deficits over the last 10 months exceed 20 inches in portions of Central and East Texas
Diminishing by over 17 billion gallons a day in recent weeks, Texas reservoir capacity has fallen below 70%
Through July 25, 2011 Dallas / Ft. Worth has endured 24 consecutive days with the high temperature exceeding 100 F.
During August 2011, Houston endured an all-time record 24 consecutive days at or above 100 degrees.
Southeast Texas rainfall deficits began shortly after Hurricane Ike in 2008. Rainfall was below normal in 2009 and well below normal in 2010. From January 1 - July 14th, 2011 Houston has only received 10.10 inches of precipitation, which is 16.18 inches below normal. From 2009 through August 31, 2011, Galveston is -38.87 inches below normal precipitation. This has been the hottest April through June period in Houston history with an average temperature of 79.9 F degrees.
Along the Rio Grande and Rio Grande Plains in Southwest Texas, many locations have seen less than 2 inches of rain since October 1st, 2010.
Lake Travis in the Austin area sits at 634 feet above sea level, nearly 32 feet below the September average, and the surface water temperature is 90 degrees
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Current Drought Status
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Data sources: National Weather Service and National Climatic Data Center