Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

For Texas, a Year of Broken Records

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An empty rain gauge near Canadian, Texas.

The National Weather Service has new data on temperatures and rainfall out, and several Texas cities are either on track to or have already broken existing records for heat and drought:

  • Houston tied for its hottest year ever, and has had its second driest year ever, with only 21.6 inches of rain.
  • Austin had its hottest year ever, with an average temperature of 73 degrees. (The previous hottest year was in 2006 at 72.4 degrees.) Abilene also had its hottest year ever, at 68.7 degrees Fahrenheit for the year. (The previous hottest year was in 1933.)
  • Midland and Lubbock are both breaking or tying records for hottest and driest years ever. Midland had only 4.5 inches of rain so far this year (the normal level is around 14 inches of rain), and an average temperature of 67.9 degrees. All of West Texas is 9-10 inches below normal or worse, and Midland has had only 24 days of rain over the last 444 days.
  • San Angelo had its hottest year on record, and third-driest year on record, with only nine inches of rain.
  • Relatively spared in the new record book? Dallas-Fort Worth and Waco, both of whom had relatively hot years (4th hottest and 6th hottest, respectively) but fared better than the rest of the state in precipitation (27th and 25th driest years on record, respectively).
Read the full list from the National Weather Service.


  • If the oil is extracted from an engine and the engine is run, it is only a matter of time before the engine first lets out loud noises, shimmers back and forth and then eventually ceases.

    What is the purpose of oil in our planet? Does it provide the same thing to our planet that oil does to an engine? No one really knows nor have they taken the time to try to find out.

    However it is remarkable and most enlightening that major earthquakes have exponentially increased with the extraction of oil from our home. So much so that if you graph the happenings of major earthquakes earth wide from the year 1900 to present and then graph how much oil has been extracted during that same period earth wide, they follow the same curve.

    My point: Man is the root cause of most of the major environmental events happening on the earth today, from earthquakes, to drought to major hurricanes. These are not “acts of God” but rather “acts of Man”.

    Man truly does not have the solutions to the problems that face man.

    Only God’s Kingdom government can solve the problems facing man today.

    Daniel 2:44

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