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Disaster declaration renewed in Texas

Posted by feww on January 12, 2012

Texas renews disaster declaration as devastating drought persists

The Lone Star State has renewed a disaster declaration as its devastating drought continues.

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  • Texas, USA.The Lone Star State has renewed a disaster declaration as its devastating drought continues.
    • The declaration was issued in 2011 and renewed several times, as the drought showed no sign of abating.
      • Texas experienced its driest year on record last year.
      • The state also had its second warmest year with the average temp of 67.2 degrees (19.6ºC).
      • As many as 500 million trees “with a diameter of 5 inches or larger” across the state of Texas have died as a result of unrelenting drought and record-setting temperatures that plagued the Lone Star state, Texas Forest Service reported.
      • The 12-month period between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011 was the driest in Texas history, said the State Climatologist.
      • Also, the months of June, July and August in Texas were the hottest three-month period ever recorded anywhere in America.
      • “In 2011, Texas experienced an exceptional drought, prolonged high winds and record-setting temperatures. Together, those conditions took a severe toll on trees across the state,” said Burl Carraway, Sustainable Forestry department head. “Large numbers of trees in both urban communities and rural forests have died or are struggling to survive. The impacts are numerous and widespread.”
      • The state’s worst ever drought has also led to the largest-ever one-year decline in its cow herd, reports said.
      • The number of cows in Texas has declined by at least 600,000 [several reports quoted 750,000,] a 12 percent drop from the 5 million [several reports quoted 4.5] cows in the state at the beginning of the year[the lowest figure since the 1950s,] said David Anderson of  the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
      • The state’s agricultural losses in 2011 are estimated at more than $5.3 billion. [The previous record was just over $4 billion during the 2006 drought.]
      • Texas AgriLife Extension Service has itemized the losses as follows
        • Livestock: $2.1 billion
        • Cotton: $1.8 billion
        • Hay: $750 million
        • Corn $326 million
        • Wheat $243 million
        • Sorghum $63 million
        • Sub Total: $5.3 billion
        • Losses incurred by related industries: $3.4 billion

Texas Drought Map – week of January 10, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor.

Other Global Disasters

  • North Carolina, USA.   Storms and a possible tornado in western NC have destroyed several structures, damaged about 100 buildings and injured at least 15 people.
    • A cold front moved through the western Carolinas triggering storms that hit Rutherford, Burke and Caldwell counties early Wednesday evening, NWS reported.

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