to know this situation is bad, but the fact that he has one is validating.
“Who?” you ask.
That’d be John Nielsen-Gammon, the Texas State Climatologist and a Texas A&M professor. And he says that not only was July the hottest July ever, this drought is the worst one-year drought in recorded history.
In a recent TAMU press release–which is generating buzz here because we take every shred of information on this topic seriously, he ends on a hopeful note (bless him):
“The outlook is not entirely grim,” he reports. “Late August and September bring increased chances of widespread rain from tropical disturbances, as well as the occasional cold front. Some computer models predict a return to La Niña conditions this winter, which would imply continued dry weather, but most predict neutral conditions in the tropical Pacific and the possible return of normal weather patterns.”
So we’ll wait. We’ll stay inside, worry about brown outs, watch the Gulf Coast, and–like the First Baptist Church sign in Helotes suggests–we’ll “pray for rain.”