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May 30 2011

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Drought: Where’s the water coming from?

By SCARLET O’ROURKE
Staff Writer
waterIt’s not news to any Rio Grande Valley local that it has been a dusty and windy spring, but what they may not know is last year’s problems have resulted in this year’s provisions.

According to Meteorologist Mike Castillo of the National Weather Service in Brownsville, “As of today we are still experiencing extreme to exceptional drought conditions over the area.” But the good news is the immense rains that came with last summer’s hurricane Alex gave the Valley reservoirs the boost they needed to get through this dry time.

La Niña is the name used to describe the cause of the dry and windy conditions for the Valley and the overly wet conditions in the northern parts of the country, said Castillo.

The reason behind these conditions is cooler than normal waters over the eastern-south Pacific. As a result, Castillo said, “We tend to get these dry and very warm conditions during the spring and that’s continuing to provide dry weather over the area.”

Much like a child, La Niña can only throw her tantrum for so long before things change.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the May 30 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.

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