The Drought That's Ravaging Texas Has Produced Some Incredible Photos

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Lake O.C. Fisher at San Angelo State Park, August 2011
It was an unusually wet July this year, or so it seemed to North Texans accustomed to summers of monotonous, unbroken heat. In reality, the 2.05 inches of precipitation was right around the historical average, and it came in drizzles that evaporated almost as soon as the sun re-emerged. It was far from enough to pull the region from the drought it's been suffering through for years, which remains severe.

U.S. Drought Monitor
The situation is better here here than in other parts of the state, where reservoirs are drying up and residents are turning to recycled waste water. All told, 95 percent of Texas is in drought, as you can see in the July 30 snapshot from the U.S. Drought Monitor. It shows no sign of abating anytime soon.

With that in mind, the Texas Water Development Board is issuing an open call for Texans to take pictures of the drought as they experience it. "It could be a dry creek bed, withered crops, wildfires and burn bans," the agency says in a press release. "But it could also be native plants that are flourishing despite the drought, creative water conservation measures or other innovative water solutions to our drought-prone climate."

TWDB kicks things off with some photos of its own, mostly of the haunting dry-creek-bed variety. Find them below. They were taken from the Texas drought Flickr page.


Pedernales River, Lake Travis, 2011

Earl Nottingham, TPWD

Flickr user butteryourbacon


Texas Water Development Board

Earl Nottingham, TPWD

Charles A. Fountain, TPWD

Earl Nottingham, TPWD

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Wow prett scary

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

It was so dry this spring that any rain now is just going straight into the ground, its not running off into the rivers and streams and lakes.  Its going to take a hurricane hitting Texas and parking itself over the inland for a few days to make any dent in this drought.


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Lake Meredith in the Texas panhandle has dropped from a depth of 100 ft to about 26 ft today.  The drought we have here is inconvenient, but it's really affecting peoples lives up there. 

holmantx topcommenter

The drought will be over in 2015.


@ScottsMerkin That's what really scares me about the areas just west of Fort Worth that are dependent upon wells for water. The aquifers are being drained faster than they could be replenished, and that's if we got any rain. Worse for us, all of the clay we have here means that your hurricane's output wouldn't soak in, either. The top layer will hydrate and then the rest of the rain runs off that cap, leading to flash flooding. Either way, we're getting pretty close to the conditions Dallas last saw during the "drought of record" in 1952 through 1956. That was the drought where Dallas was nearly abandoned because of a lack of water: the big push for reservoirs all through the state came from people who survived the drought of record and decided "never again".


@texasred07 I hear you. I was out in Brownwood in June, and the lake there is barely a lake and more of a mud wallow. I honestly don't know what a lot of people in West Texas are going to do when the reservoirs dry up and nobody can dig wells past that magical 300 feet.


Did Jesus tell you that?


@LeroyJenkem@texasred07In the Brownwood area we're looking @   this!

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We'll know Brownwood area Baptist's are serious about conserving water when they start sprinkling instead of dunking on Sundays!

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