In his January Climatic Bulletin, published earlier this month, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon documented Texas's "extraordinarily dry" and "unseasonably warm" January -- and warned of more months just like it to come "as La Nina conditions begin to develop in the Pacific Ocean." Last week, Texas A&M geography prof Steve Quiring proclaimed that "drought conditions for most of the state have gone from bad to worse over the past few months." And, though Dallas-Fort Worth has so far dodged the worst of the historic drought, it's only a matter of time. Which is why this morning's New York Times surveys the state of the state's water supply and comes up dry: Says a farmer near Thrall in Williamson County, "We make the joke we can't even grow weeds this winter."
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Incidentally, Fort Worth freelance photographer David Kozlowski has on his Flickr page an astounding, frightening series of photos taken over the weekend near Lamesa, where he encountered a "freak dust storm" while returning to the DFW from Lubbock. Noted one comment on his blog, it "looks like depression era dust bowl ready to strike again."