Sunday, June 24, 2012

Texas Drought Update

Back in November of 2011, I posted an outlook for the Texas spring and summer of 2012. I commented on Neptune's role in astrometeorology as one of the planets that governs the moisture principle. Since Neptune appears over Texas in both the spring and summer charts for 2012, I concluded that moisture will begin to return more in earnest starting with the spring season. This pattern continues in the summer seasonal chart as well but apparently even more so.

I was reminded of this forecast the other day (June 20) when I read a comment on about how crickets have invaded the Austin, Texas, area due to warm temperatures and recent rains. The combination of warmth and water has created near-perfect conditions for the hatching of cricket eggs. The report mentioned how that since the start of 2012, Austin has received 1.5 times its normal amount of rainfall and in May alone it received 200 percent of its normal rainfall for the month.

The maps below are from the U.S. Drought Monitor. The map on the left shows current drought conditions for June 2012, while the map on the right are drought conditions for Texas 8 months before during October 2011.


In an excellent article by Daniel Ramirez posted on June 21, 2012 and entitled In Drought, Texas Is No Longer "Exceptional" For Now, he explains that no portion of the state is in exceptional drought compared to last October. Despite the encouraging news, conventional forecasters see problems ahead as they're expecting more dry weather in the near future. Ramirez concludes his article with some good news: conventional meteorologists foresee a developing El Niño by late summer. This usually bodes well for Texas bringing normal to above normal rainfall. This could be what I'm seeing and commented on in my November post with Neptune's presence over Texas in the summer season chart.

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