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Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 10:40 am | Updated: 11:01 am, Tue Feb 5, 2013.

AUSTIN, Texas — The state climatologist says Texas continues to experience a serious shortage of rainfall and is on track to experience the second-worst drought on record.

John Nielsen-Gammon told the House and Senate Natural Resources Committees on Tuesday that most of the state was still in extreme drought. The long-range forecast also tilts toward drier than normal conditions through spring.

Gammon said the drought that began in 2011 is so far the third most serious in state history and, if it continues through summer, will rank second.

Lawmakers also heard testimony that the state needs to spend $53 billion over the next 50 years to meet the state's long-term water needs.

Gov. Rick Perry and top lawmakers have recommended taking $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to finance water projects.

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1 comment:

  • Warren D posted at 11:53 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Warren D Posts: 10

    Since Texas has a large part of the Space agency . why is not the Governor finding teh money for the Space agency to try to make it rain in Texas . in other word have the Space agency start the process of controlling the weather . It is possible to make it rain or stop raining if Texas would come our the the cowboy and Indians thinking and move forward and push Science.