A lack of fall precipitation is an ominous sign in the already drought-stricken Plains.

According to the latest Drought Monitor, almost half the state of Texas is now in "severe drought".  A paltry .05" of rain has fallen this month in Dallas-Ft. Worth, which would rank among the 5 driest Novembers, if the month ended today.  

Houston has picked up less than half their fall rainfall (3.59" since Sep 1) compared to fall 2011 (8.37" to date).  

Only 0.38" of precip (including 2.2" snow) in N. Platte. Neb. since Sep. 1 (average-to-date precip. is 3.47").  No rain or snow in almost 1 month!

Full drought report:  http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu
(Image courtesy:  National Drought Mitigation Center)
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