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Texas 2018 — Weather Extremes and the Grand Solar Minimum

Texas weather conditions swung from a warm, dry summer into the wettest two-month period on record with snow even reported, according to the Texas state climatologist.

Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon said statewide temperatures from May through August were tied for the second hottest on record. Summer 2018 was also a dry one with statewide precipitation levels through August running 3 inches below average, ranking the year to date as the 27th driest on record.

But conditions changed drastically starting in September, which he said was the fourth wettest month statewide on record with 6.77 inches of rainfall on average.

October was even wetter with over 7 inches of rain on average, which made it the second wettest month on record.

“Already at the end of October, Texas has received more rainfall than it receives on average in an entire year,” Nielsen-Gammon said.

These swings have had a major impact on crop-growing regions, with report after report coming in of reduced yield, flooded fields, destroyed crops and delayed harvesting/planting.

Swings between extremes are more prevalent due to our weakening sun and the jet flow shifting to a meridional flow.


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