The Raw Story: It’s official: 2011 was the driest year on record in Texas, according to the National Weather Service. It was also the second-hottest ever.
That won’t surprise Texans who lived through a year in which wildfires roared through the Lone Star State, cattle went thirsty and many Fourth of July fireworks shows were canceled.
The weather service said the average rainfall in Texas in 2011 was 14.89 inches. The previous record of 14.99 inches of average rainfall was set in 1917.