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.