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Rain pounds Texas: A sign the drought is ending?
Rain pounds Texas: A sign the drought is ending?

In Texas, where the governor once urged the public to pray for rain, this week’s torrential storms might finally be a sign of lasting relief for the state plagued by years of drought. Or maybe not. “This could be the start of the end of the drought,” said state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University. Ken Rainwater, former director of the Water Resources Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, is more skeptical. “We've been behind on rainfall for several years in West Texas. We have thirsty watersheds,” said Rainwater, a professor of civil, environmental and construction engineering....

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