The eastward winds of El Niño are fading, but a terrible little girl we know as La Niña is brewing on the horizon. And it doesn't bode well for those of us who live in Texas.

These two forces are climate patterns that have a butterfly effect on the rest of the world. With El Niño, the temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean drop by half a degree Celsius; with El Niña, the inverse holds true.


The key difference between El Niño and La Niña in how it impacts Texas is that the former brings about a wet winter, the latter brings warmer, drier weather.

And for drought-stricken Central Texas in particular, that's no bueno.

The Forecast

Weather experts say that El Niño will fade completely between now and June. There may be a period of neutral weather, but we can expect a rapid cycle over to La Niña by June or August at the latest.

What To Expect

If there is not enough rainfall in these remaining weeks of El Nino, then La Niña will only serve to worsen the ongoing drought in the Lone Star state. The 2011 drought that sparked some of the worst wildfires in Central Texas and compelled the city of Austin to prohibit restaurants from serving water was associated with La Nina's climate pattern.

So get ready to conserve water and keep your go-bags packed. The current period of drought and wildfire have not come to an end just yet.

The Somewhat Small Towns of the Texas Panhandle

Say what now? Somewhat small?

That's right. These are the towns that seem massive when compared to teensy weensie two-stoplight towns like Pringle (30) or Kerrick (25), but they're definitely not on the same level as cities like White Deer or Panhandle....much less Amarillo.

Buckle up! We've got a places to go and towns to see! These populations are well over 100, but way less than 1000.

All aboard the Somewhat Small Texas Panhandle Towns tour!

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark

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Ghost towns dot the landscape of the Texas panhandle, Western Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma panhandle. The best part? They're all within driving distance. Go take a look for yourself.

Gallery Credit: Charlie Hardin

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