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They’ve Moved On From The Texas Drought!

September 14, 2012
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By Paul Homewood




This time last year, the Texas Drought was the poster child of global warming, with Joe Romm’s “permanent droughts” and Katharine Hayhoe’s “global weirding”.

So what’s been going on down there in the last 12 months?


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Climate At A Glance

Most Recent 12-Month Period (Sep – Aug) Precipitation

Most Recent 12-Month Period (Sep – Aug) 1901 – 2000 Average = 27.91 Inches
Most Recent 12-Month Period (Sep – Aug) 1895 – 2012 Trend = 0.04 Inches / Decade



Texas has had 26.56 inches of rain since last September, which is just about as average a year as you are likely to get, (high rainfall totals tend to be the result of hurricanes!), while the long term trend is, to all intent, non existent at 0.04 inches/decade. How weird is that, Katharine?

This year, of course, the alarmists have moved onto pastures new. I wonder where they will find some unusual weather next year?

  1. September 14, 2012 5:33 pm

    Superior post, and impeccable logic! Thanks again for your fine work.

  2. Brian H permalink
    September 16, 2012 7:53 pm

    Not a dry eye in the house …

  3. September 18, 2012 3:06 pm

    Just curious, but WHERE in Texas did they get this amount?? Texas is a mighty big state, capable of supporting flood and drought at the same time (but different places, of course). Or, is this just an averaging of statistics that can certainly hide vast extremes of all kinds?

    • September 18, 2012 5:48 pm

      They collect data from over 500 stations, and these are averaged over 10 climatic divisions. The divisions are in turn given a weighted average according to their area.


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