Mexico is in Drought Too

It’s been raining on and off here in Central Texas the last few weeks. Not enough to break the drought. In fact, not even enough to get Austin out of the severest drought category as of last week. We’ll see what this week brings. But enough to lift people’s mood. A slow moving front, which looks likely to bring floods to Memphis this weekend, is draped across the central Texas corridor and drizzling steadily as I type. A perfectly gloomy day. By the “sun-is-your-enemy” topsy-turvy standards of Texas, a very good day indeed. But no drought-buster.

And it’s important to remember that, despite what you see and hear, Texas is not the bullseye of this drought. The Texas-Mexico border is. And this year has been the driest on record in northern Mexico as well as in Texas. This doesn’t just mean a bad crop – this can mean desperation and starvation. And of course it means migratory population pressure as well.

Hardest hit regions are Durango, Zacatecas, Chihuahua, Coahuila and San Luis Potosi.


  1. It might even rain a this winter, and if it does I'm sure everyone will be thanking Rick Perry even as the big guy upstairs is thanking him (apologies for obscure reference), but (seriously) the short-term fate of the drought won't be known until spring. Of course the big question is whether drought is intensifying ahead of (the modeled) schedule, but it'll take years to know that. Could Texas (and environs) fry before the science is settled?

    Note that the northern Mediterranean region is already getting hit with this effect (yes, it's AGW straight up), but on the bright side that means more reliably sunny days for vacationing northern Europeans.

  2. Actually it started to rain again pretty much immediately after Perry's presidential candidacy fell apart. So if the Lord is sending us a message, it would appear to be not to take Mr Perry and his sort seriously...

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.