A Texas A&M climatologist has predicted a dire forecast for Texas over the next decade.

John Nielsen-Gammon said the state could remain in a drought until 2020 because of warmer temperatures in the Atlantic ocean and cooler temperatures in the northern Pacific Ocean.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said they understand the science behind the theory but said there no way to predict weather that far into the future.

"It's hard to say over, like, a decade what's going to happen, but at least it looks like through early 2012 we're likely to see drier than average conditions, which just means more drought for Texas," said Dennis Cavanaugh of the NWS.

Farmers across North Texas have been watching their crops wither in dry weather. In some cases, they say it's hardly worth it to plant seed.

"I thought 2006 was dry. This has even been worse than that," said Charles Huddleston, who farms land in northern Collin County. "It's hard to justify putting that expense in the ground when you really don't have much prospect of it coming up."

North Texas has gotten so little rain that farmers are lucky to get 60 percent of what's planted.

And the North Texas Municipal Water District has already activated it's Stage 3 drought plan, significantly limiting outdoor watering for its 1.6 million customers.

Huddleston said there's simply no way to irrigate or haul enough water for farmland for crops or ranches for cattle. He said he's aware of a number of farmers who are thinking of simply giving up and selling their lands to developers.

"All we can do is put the seed in the ground and ask God to send the rain," he said.




He is asking god to send the rain?  I guess they think a prayer rally will work?  Maybe a rain dance?

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You can no longer make long term predictions of the weather. Weather patterns now are unpredictable. Too many people on the earth, millions of cars and Chinese factories spewing copious pollutants and carbon into the air. Fire,famine and floods will increase and chaos will ensue.

Yes, the article does mention that Markcincy -- I would hope that he is not correct.  The weather is indeed unpredictable.

"Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said they understand the science behind the theory but said there no way to predict weather that far into the future."

Popular Texas state park a 'moonscape' after fires says that 70% of the trees were lost in Bastrop State Park, and the 50,000 seedlings which were planted in 2008 were all lost.
I read that article Ruth. I appreciate you posting it here.  It's such a shame -- Bastrop State Park was a beautiful park.
has i rained there recently? i know its rained in Dallas.
Yes! It actually rained here a little bit Carl! Isn't that great?
good. i gess now that perry isn't there anymore, god pissed
In the bout of god vs the Dust Bowl, the dust bowl won.  In the battle of god vs disease, disease won.  In millions of battles, god has consistently lost and people still bet on him.  Amazing.
Not to mention making all sorts of ridiculous excuses as well. It's disgusting!!!!!
That's right Patricia and Grace. It is disgusting that people still bet on god when they continually lose.


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