Amarillo in Exceptional Drought

By Karl Wehmhoener | kwehmhoener@kamr.com

Published 05/22 2014 03:26PM

Updated 05/22 2014 05:46PM

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. 

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