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2016 off to 11th-driest start on record

With only 0.34″ of rain so far all year at Camp Mabry, Austin is officially off to the 11th-driest start to a new year since records began in 1891. The latest observations show the much-advertised El Niño pattern already shifting and weakening. This has been steering storms largely away from Texas for the last 5 weeks, and it may mean that drier weather continues through the spring months. The “warm blob” is shifting westward in the Pacific, impacting storm tracks across the U.S. (Bob Rose/LCRA) The El Niño pattern was officially declared late spring of 2015,…