A look at the ongoing drought in Texas

This Feb. 19, 2009 photo provided by the Texas Farm Bureau shows a dried up stock tank near Taylor, Texas. (AP Photo/Texas Farm Bureau, Matt Felder)

August 15, 2011 2:05:19 AM PDT
Some facts and figures about the ongoing drought in Texas:

-- Texas is in its most severe one-year drought on record.

-- The drought is the second-worst on record, behind only a dry spell that lasted for most of the 1950s.

-- During its typically wettest months, April and May, the state got no significant rainfall.

-- Texas would need more than 4.5 inches of rain in the next two months to avoid breaking the 1956 record for driest 12 consecutive months.

-- Texas had its hottest June on record, and it was the fifth warmest month overall.

-- July was the warmest month ever recorded for Texas, with data going back to 1895.

-- A record 248 of the state's 254 counties are under burn bans.

-- One agriculture official says crop and livestock losses in Texas could be double the state's record, $4.1 billion in 2006.

-- The U.S. Drought Monitor map released for the week of Aug. 9 showed that more than 78 percent of the state was in the worst stage of drought.

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