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August 11, 2011 - The Drought that Wouldn't Leave

Texas Drought Before
Landsat 5
June 18, 2010
Texas Drought After
Landsat 5
August 8, 2011
Texas Drought Before
Texas Drought After
June 18, 2010 August 8, 2011
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Declared as the most severe one-year drought in Texas history, the drought has turned Texas and parts of the Plains into a parched moonscape of cracked earth. Texas had less than an inch of rain statewide in July, and more than 90% of the state is in the two most extreme stages of drought. The Landsat 5 images above show San Angelo's O.C. Fisher Lake, a 5,440-acre lake, filled with water on June 18, 2010, and as a dry, cracked lake bed on August 8, 2011.

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