Chances For Wetter, Cooler Texas Winter Fizzle

LUBBOCK (November 1, 2012)—In July forecasters said Texas would have a wetter and cooler winter, but they’ve changed their tune because El Nino has weakened from stronger than usual to neutral.

Weather officials now say Texas has an equal chance of rainfall above normal, near normal or below normal.

This year the state rebounded somewhat from last year's historic drought.

Texas got 21.5 inches of rain through September, which is about 1.3 inches above the average of 22.8 inches for the nine-month span.

Last month, though, rains across the state were scant.

October, usually Texas' third-wettest month, could turn out to be the driest since 1952.

El Nino's counterpart, La Nina, brought Texas its driest-ever year in 2011 and Texas agriculture lost a record $7.6 billion.

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