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Officials: Record drought could drag on

from The Monitor

When the spigot turned off in October 2010, it stayed off. And there's no telling when it could turn back on again. The National Weather Service says the South Texas drought is the worst in modern memory, with only a 0.1 percent chance of happening over the past 120 years. Since the last major rainfall amounts in October 2010, the Valley has only seen about 30 inches of rainfall — shattering the previous record of 38 inches set over a 29-month period in the early 1950s. The drought has blown away all prior records for its magnitude to make it a "true outlier," said Barry Goldsmith, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Brownsville office. more

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