Rain chances to increase, professor says

December 6, 2012

Most of Texas is still in a moderate-to-severe drought, but a storm forming 2,000 miles northwest of Hawaii may be the key to drought relief for the state, says a Texas A&M University professor who also serves as the state climatologist. John Nielsen-Gammon, professor of atmospheric sciences, expects a wet weather pattern to develop next week. He says that the storm will cause a wave to develop in the jet stream, driving it northward toward Alaska. Downstream, over the western United States, the jet stream will overshoot to the south, causing a stationary trough to form over the Southwest, he predicts.

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