State Climatologist Has Eye on the Sky for Texas

John Nielsen-Gammon, the Texas state climatologist, has a standard joke: A few years ago, before the start of the most intense drought in state history, almost nobody in Texas knew he existed.

“It’s quite possible even Rick Perry didn’t know we had a state climatologist,” he told an Austin audience recently, to chuckles.

Now, countless public appearances and blog posts later, plenty of Texans have heard about the wry scientist who has become the most prominent expert on the drought. He analyzes weather data and trends and helps the public and policymakers understand issues like how the Texas ...

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