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Drought Progress From Space

2015 has been a year for the record books in Texoma. and while we've seen all types of transformations, NASA satellites, such as the Global Precipitation Measuring Mission, show our extreme amount of rain from a different perspective. 

"You can see the record rainfall in parts of the eastern United States, and Texas, contrasting with what's going on in the West." NASA Climate Scientist Dr. Ben Cook said.

And more rain could be on the way. 

One climate scientist described the ever strengthening El Nino in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean as a "Godzilla El Nino," with the potential to be one of the strongest on record. 

Dr. Cook says this will mean more wintertime storms for Texas and California. "It's very likely or hopeful that we'll see some drought improvement in those areas."

The estimated rainfall that is coming may actually be needed due to a "flash drought" has developed for areas along and east of Interstate 35. To go along with the record breaking rains in May, some areas in east Texas have seen some of the driest July and early August periods in many years. 

The most recent drought monitor showed a very small portion of Montague County is in the D0, or abnormally dry, drought category. Some counties in the DFW area have burn bans in place because of this prolonged dry period.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6

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