South Plains in Severe Drought - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/7/09

South Plains in Severe Drought

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Most can still remember Lubbock's 100 year flood back in September, but now in February it may be hard to believe that was our last significant rainfall.

"Now we've gone like three and a half months without significant rain so we've entered a severe drought," said Meteorologist Ron McQueen.   

A drought Ron McQueen with the National Weather Service says Lubbock hasn't seen in nearly two years.   McQueen says it's not unusual for it be dry during the winter months, but now rain is well needed. "We are very concerned with the possibility of having active wildfires anytime over the next couple of months," said McQueen.   

Cotton farmers across the South Plains are hoping this drought won't last much longer. "The land preparation has been pretty slow because it's not plowing and not doing very well," said Steve Verett with Plains Cotton Growers. 

But the good news for farmers is they don't have to panic just yet.  "We don't get worried about having a lot of rain or a lot of moisture until we start getting into late February, March, April period and then it becomes pretty critical," said Verett.   

Is rain in the near future? McQueen says yes. "We do have a very good chance for thunderstorms to come through our area late Sunday evening," said McQueen. 

But consistency is what counts to pull the South Plains out of this dry spell. "Whatever moisture falls is not going to have a long term impact unless we see several inches of rain," said McQueen.

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