Amarillo weather

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Much of the Texas Panhandle and South Plains appears to be heading into severe drought conditions, despite heavy rains earlier in the summer.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, if the drought conditions continue as expected, it could take a heavy toll on crops in the region.

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The High Plains experienced staggeringly strong winds on Wednesday, with some areas seeing hurricane-force winds.

In Amarillo, the National Weather Service reported gusts of up to 80 miles per hour.

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Snow fell across the flatlands late Sunday night, and on into Monday morning, with as much as seven inches being dumped onto the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles.

As the Garden City Telegram noted, this snowfall followed another winter blast in Western Kansas last week, bringing concerns that the fall harvest would be delayed. Across the region, wheat planters were scrambling to get wheat planted before the snow arrived. On Sunday and Monday, Finney and Kearny counties saw peak amounts of snowfall.

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In 2018, Amarillo has already seen unseasonably warm and blisteringly cold temperatures. That’s no different from last year, when Amarillo set a number of weather records, according to The Amarillo Globe-News.

Parts of the city are still experiencing the longest dry spell in recorded history, and that drought comes after what was the city’s seventh wettest year ever last year.