Panhandle Snow Eases Drought, But Doesn’t End It

AMARILLO (March, 3, 2013)--The historic blizzard that dumped 19 inches of snow on parts of the Texas Panhandle relieved drought conditions that have persisted for two years, but more moisture is needed to end the dry spell.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that the entire Panhandle remains dry, and some areas are still in extreme or exceptional drought.

Weather Service meteorologist Christine Krause said that while the snow helps, the drought has been going on for so long "it's going to take a lot of liquid to alleviate" the dry conditions.

State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said the snowfall will help with spring and summer forage, but unless the spring is wet, the improvements will be short term.

Most other parts of Texas are also in drought.

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