Texas has experienced the worst drought in its history. The impact of the drought has been felt in expected and unexpected ways. From sweeping wildfires to water main breaks and livestock starvation, this year has been brutal. The whole state has been praying for the rain that never came. And one Texas town of 107,000 has felt the unwavering intensity of 100 days at 100 degrees, according to LiveScience. It's the story of one quiet Texas town and how they endured this epic drought. Wichita Falls, Texas has spent a record 100 days with temperatures at upwards of 100 degrees this year. This mid-sized Texas town, located close to the Oklahoma border, is the first Texas town to be subjected to such temperatures for so many days. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the previous record, which had been the benchmark for all previous heat waves, was 79 days.
"It's just a very arid region," said Forrest Mitchell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oklahoma City, which covers Wichita Falls. "And of course the ongoing drought has been a contributing factor."
San Angelo, Texas, which will likely be the next city to break the mark, already has 97 days of 100 degree heat. The Texas drought has brought on repercussions far beyond what Texas and the rest of the country could have ever imagined. The effects have been felt all over the world, as the agricultural economy takes a hit.
According to Time:
Losses, so far, are estimated at $5 billion. Texas has lost a little over half of its cotton crop as parched fields brought back memories and statistics not seen since the great dust bowl of 1933. Texas produces 55% of the U.S. crop and two-thirds of America's yield is exported to mills in China, Mexico, Vietnam and Thailand, where textile manufacturers drove prices down by reducing their stockpiles hoping to see a glut on the market and hence lower cotton prices, Miller says. However, their effort did not anticipate the drought and now with shrinking supplies, cotton prices are surging.
Undoubtedly, the Texas drought coupled with higher temperatures, will be felt into next year as we all cross our fingers for lower temperatures and rain, rain, and more rain.
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