2011-09-11 10:45:29More wildfires erupt in Texas as it faces worst dry spell since 1895 -- CNN
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(CNN) -- In a dry spell unseen since 1895, Texas added 24 new wildfires burning 1,154 acres to a disaster that has so far torched more than 1,000 homes, the state's Forest Service said Saturday.

In all, Texas has experienced 179 fires over 170,686 acres the past week, the service said. The past 10 months have been the driest in Texas since 1895, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said.

The destruction toll prompted President Barack Obama on Friday night to declare that a major disaster exists in Texas.

Firefighters reported gains, however, in battling the most damaging of the disasters Saturday: containment of the 34,068-acre Bastrop County Complex fire near Austin was improved to 40% from 30%, said Jack Horner, spokesman for the federal Southern Area Incident Management Team, one of 17 national fire teams for federal lands.

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2011-09-11 10:59:08
Rob Painting
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Yeah, well it's not as if people haven't been repeatedly warned about the likely impacts of global warming. If La Nina re-asserts itself (as is looking increasingly likely) then this is going to be quite the catastrophe.

2011-09-11 13:55:21Rob Painting
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See Newborn La Niña: An Illustrated Guide -- Mother Jones

2011-09-11 23:49:51
Rob Painting
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Not a bad rundown. I normally keep track via the Australian BOM.

2011-09-12 02:09:45U.S. Experiences Second Warmest Summer On Record: Texas Has Warmest Summer On Record of Any State
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