Quick Facts: Texas Drought 2011
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- We are currently in the second worst drought in recorded Texas history. The worst drought occurred in the 1950s
- Aug. 2010-July 2011 is considered the worst one-year drought in recorded Texas history according to State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M.
- Aug. 2010-July 2011 is the driest 12-month period in at least 116 years
- July 2011 was the warmest month since recording began in 1895.
- June 2011 was the fifth warmest month since recording began in 1895.
- July 2011 was the third driest month since recording began in 1895. The driest months were in 1980 and 2000
- In July, Governor Rick Perry proclaimed: “several counties in Texas are currently threatened by exceptional drought conditions and an extreme fire hazard due to a continuing disaster in several counties in Texas.”
- Also in July, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency declared the wildfires in Texas a major disaster. This declaration opens up federal assistance to Texans dealing with wildfire damages.
- The Drought Preparedness Council is housed in the Texas Department of Public Safety. Its State Drought Preparedness Plan provides a comprehensive information source for drought planning and procedure for all levels of government as well as public information and media protocols.