El Niño is on the way, and that could be good news for the Texas Panhandle

May 8, 2014

Forecasters say it looks like El Niño will reappear this fall.  That usually means more rain for Texas, but one meteorologist says it will have mixed results in the Lone Star State reported StateImpact Texas.

Chris Coleman is a meteorologist at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.  He’s created a temperature and rainfall forecast for this summer and beyond.

“In fact, of the past six [El Niños], only one brought above-normal rainfall to the majority of the state,” Coleman writes in the forecast. “Some El Niño events have been dry.” That’s been the case in two of the past six El Niño events in Texas, where conditions were “predominantly dry,” including the monster El Niño of 1997-1998.

“The precipitation outlooks suggest the drought will continue and potentially worsen over a good portion” of Texas, Coleman writes.

The precipitation forecast map reveals the Texas Panhandle could be one of the lucky areas with above rainfall.