Spring Rain Unlikely for Texas Despite End of La Nina

End of La Nina not expected to lead to immediate weather changes

By Angela K. Brown
|  Thursday, Feb 9, 2012  |  Updated 2:47 PM CDT
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Spring Rain Unlikely for Texas

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La Nina will soon come to an end -- but don't expect spring showers in drought-stricken Texas.

The Climate Prediction Center announced Thursday that La Nina will dissipate between March and May. It brings less rainfall and warmer-than-normal temperatures, but its departure won't lead to immediate weather changes.

Victor Murphy of the National Weather Service says La Nina conditions are expected to remain in Texas the next several months. That's why forecasts show below-normal rainfall across the state this spring -- usually the wettest months of the year.

He says rain could come this summer and fall. It's not expected to end the severe drought that's plagued the state for more than a year.

But December and January rainfall has eased drought conditions in parts of Texas.

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