El Nino Forecast To Help Texas Out Of Drought

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

LUBBOCK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) —El Nino is apparently on its way to Texas.

National Weather Service meteorologist Victor Murphy in Fort Worth says forecasters expect the long-awaited weather pattern to arrive next month. He says it will raise chances for abundant rain through February, raising lake levels statewide and improving soil moisture.

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The region around Wichita Falls along the Oklahoma border might miss out on the wet weather pattern, though. The city itself hasn’t fallen out of the two driest categories in about four years.

Lake levels across the state stand at 64.1 percent full Tuesday. Levels this time of year are usually 79 percent.

About 43 percent of the state is currently in no drought stage.

The current Texas drought began in October 2010, and 2011 was the state’s driest on record.

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