Now that firefighters say they're finally getting the upper hand, Texas has gotten some bad news from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: La Niña is back. La Niña, of course, is an ocean-atmosphere phenomenon that occurs when the surface temperature of the Pacific Ocean is on the cool side, and it means drought conditions in the American Southwest (I'll be honest -- I don't understand exactly why). The most recent La Niña period ended in May, and now just a few months later NOAA says it's back.
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