‘Extreme drought’ sets Texas ablaze and may sprawl over the South until midsummer

Climate Wire: Wildfires have burned about 1.5 million acres in Texas since January, egged on by a drought that federal forecasters say is the worst to hit the state in 45 years. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say their weather models predict the severe drought that has parched the southern United States will continue to midsummer -- and beyond. "Predictions over weeks to one to three months suggest the drought will continue, and even intensify, in some areas as we struggle......

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