The price tag for Texas farmers and ranchers continues to climb, mostly for livestock producers whose grazing pastures are withering. Eyes are on the online Drought Monitor, which illustrates just how widespread and hard-hitting the drought has become. Climatologist Brian Fuchs with the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, helped co-author the site. The map has recently displayed deep reds throughout Texas.
"And yeah, you don't like to see those colors showing up, especially that D3 and D4 with the extreme exceptional drought. Those are droughts of a very severe magnitude, and impacting not only a lot of area, but a lot of people."
The website is the main outlet, getting up to three million hits in a typical year.
"And then again, when you have a significant drought event going on, those will ramp up and we'll see three to four million hits, and last year when it was quieter, we were seeing around two million hits."
For more information, visit the Drought Monitor Website.