The rain is welcome--but the experts will tell you the drought could hang around Texas for another decade--or more. Still, State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon told 550 KTSA News we certainly have seen some improvment.
"La Nina seems to be gone from the Pacific--that was the problem for the first couple of years" Nielsen-Gammon said, adding there are more positive signs on the horizon.
"In the long range--there's a chance of an El Nino maybe next year. Still, the long term patterns do favor dry conditions in the state" Nielsen-Gammon said. Such a condtiion could result in more rain being pushed our way in the months ahead.
Overall, Nielsen-Gammon said the drought could lastg for up to 15 more years--though there are things that could happen that could bring it to an end sooner.
"Idelaly it takes a couple of years of gradual improvement. You can also get the one occational disastrous flood that fills the reservoir--but that's the wrong way to go about it" Nielsen-Gammon said.