2011 driest year on record for Texas and second hottest

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 9:15pm

HOUSTON TEXAS- The National Weather Service says 2011 was Texas' driest year on record as well as its second hottest.

The agency said Friday the average rainfall for the drought-stricken state last year was 14.88 inches.

The weather service says 2011's average temperature was 67.2 degrees.

Last year Texas suffered its worst single-year drought, its largest agricultural losses and the hottest summer in U.S. history.

From June through August, Texas averaged 86.8 degrees.

The current drought started last fall and forecasters say it is expected to drag on at least through May.



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