Drought Sneaking Back Into the Panhandle


It’s now been 46 days since Amarillo has seen any measurable rainfall.

Unfortunately, small traces of rainfall are not adding up, and now a drought is sneaking into the High Plains.

Certain areas in the Panhandle are abnormally dry. 

Meteorologist Corey Simma said this year has been strange because of the amount of heavy rainfall during the first two-thirds of the year, and then the lack thereof recently. 

“Because we’ve been so dry over about the last month and a half, the drought is starting to creep back a little bit. We are abnormally dry in some portions of the eastern and the northeast panhandle in addition to the southeast, which is usually an area down southeast where we see the most rain here on the panhandle. Over the last month and a half again that’s not really been the case,” said Meteorologist Corey Simma.

Because we have so much dry grass around the Panhandle, meteorologists told us it does not take much to start a wildfire. 

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