Texas is suffering from the worst drought in half a century

"We have lost an inch of water from evaporation Monday only", said Kent Satterwhite, general manager of the Canadian River Municipal Water Supply, referring to the level of the water is declining in Lake Meredith. On the farm, it's a fairy tale. Troy Skarke on his farm north of Claude ready to plant corn, but stumbled on the dry land. "It has to be started this week, but it will not," he said. Around the area, there is a little green, as though winter is still waiting to become a spring, contrasting sharply with the temperature in the 90s and fierce southerly winds. These are some obvious signs of not just a dry spell, but "exceptional"Drought in the region is going through." Conditions rapidly deteriorate, "said the State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon." All the area north of a line from Midland to Childress was very dry the last two or three months. Now, more than half of the regions listed in the exceptional drought status. "Last time it was dry, you have to go back to 1956. Even statewide, it was dry eight months to write." —Amarillo Globe News

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