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Amarillo in Exceptional Drought
By Karl Wehmhoener | firstname.lastname@example.org
AMARILLO -- The National Weather Service in Amarillo has released new information that Amarillo, the Texas Panhandle, and more than 25-percent of Texas are now in exceptional drought.
The past 43 months (October 2010-April 2014) are the driest ever on record; even drier than the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and very dry 1950s.
The impact from the drought can be felt in cattle (inventory down 50-percent), crop production (wheat 60-percent normal, sorghum 75-percent normal, and corn near normal), and increased wildfire chances.
Officials at the Climate Prediction Center say that by the end of August the drought will either persist or intensifies.