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Chunks of Texas drop back into severe drought

By By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI
Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - A dry winter has dropped chunks of Texas, including large metro areas such as Houston and Fort Worth, back into severe forms of drought, raising concerns for wildfires and the health of tree farms.

State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon says September and November are on track to be the driest since 1950 and in the top five driest on record. He says the state never fully recovered from the historic dry spell in 2011, and the lack of rainfall this winter raises more concern.

The U.S. Drought Monitor's latest map, released Thursday, shows nearly 55% of Texas in severe drought, up from just over 40% last week. About 24.5% of the state, including Houston and Fort Worth, are now in extreme drought, up from 23% last week.

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