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La Niña could reverse Texas’ drought trend

Photo credit: NOAA

By Caroline Halter
Less than one percent of Texas is currently experiencing drought conditions. That’s down from 10 percent at the beginning of August. But, La Niña could change that.

"There’s a strong correlation between drought and La Niña," says Robert Mace, the leading hydrologist at the Texas Water Development Board.

"The 2011 drought, which was the worst one-year drought in Texas, correlated with persistent La Niña conditions," Mace explained.

He says he’s keeping a close eye on this weather pattern, but right now it’s a toss-up. The Climate Prediction Center’s model shows a 55-60 percent chance of La Niña for this year.

If the pattern persists, Texans can expect warmer and drier temperatures this winter and spring.