The weather report out of Texas reads like a broken record: Conditions are dry and more rain is desparately needed.
And with that report comes a forecast of another possible year of drought, says state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon, who's based in College Station, Texas.
Whether the dry conditions will persist for several years is still unknown, according to a news release.
Weather experts base their prediction of the Texas drought continuing this winter and into spring on a new La Niña developing in the Pacific Ocean.
But another phenomenon, an Atlantic Ocean temperature oscillation, plays a role in long-term droughts.
Climatologists found that a drought in the 1950s, which rivaled the current drought, was tied to warmer-than-average north Atlantic sea-surface temperatures.
Although these patterns do not guarantee a long-term drought, Nielson-Gammon does say that the coming year looks like another dry one.
As a result, he expects water shortages and drought-related problems to be even more severe than this summer.