The state's climatologist says the current drought could last for a decade or longer, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, who is also a professor of climatology at Texas A&M, tells 1200 WOAI news that there is no indication by looking at the La Nina and El Nino patterns in the Pacific Ocean, which largely influence our precipitation, that an end to the drought is anywhere in sight.
"It's going to take several months of above normal rainfall to do it," he said. "That could happen this winter, but there is nothing really pointing in that direction right now."
The current drought began in 2011, and each successive year the state's aquifers and reservoirs have fallen a little more. Nielsen-Gammon says that cumulative impact of the drought is making it largely unlikely that any single wet season could get the state back to normal.
"The worst case scenario is another ten, twelve years of drought, I think," he said.
Nielsen-Gammon points out that the so called 'drought of record' in Texas, the drought of the 1950s, lasted for eight years.
"The long term Pacific and Atlantic Ocean temperature patterns still favor drought in Texas, and probably will continue to do so for another 5 to 15 years," he said. "Whether this drought will last that long or whether Texas will have an occasional wet year within that stretch is impossible to say."
He says predicting long term weather trends more than a year or two out is a very inexact science. But Nielsen-Gammon correctly predicted the oncoming of drought in 2011, and also correctly predicted that a changing climate pattern which had been given a good chance of breaking the drought next year had fizzled.
"for a combination of intensity and longevity, I consider the current drought to be the second worst drought in Texas history," he said.