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2012 October-November Among Driest In Texas History

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The past two months were among the five driest October-November combinations in Texas history.

According to state climatologist and Texas A&M professor John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas soils are drier today than they were two years ago. "It's drier for the October-November this fall than it was in the fall on 2010 when we started into this drought," he said.

Precipitation during current months is crucial for future months and Nielsen-Gammon says it's critical that we get rain this winter. "Usually it rains enough that the ground is damp and there's moisture in the soil and we actually accumulate moisture during the winter and spring that then gets evaporated during the summer."

But the news isn't all bad; Nielsen-Gammon said there is reason to believe wetter weather is on the way. "Since we don't have a La Nina working against us I don't expect the exceptionally dry conditions to continue."

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 94-percent of Texas is abnormally dry and 54-percent of the state is considered to be in a severe drought.

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