The headline from an article published on January 24, 2018 in the Texas Observer explains that 2017 was not only a warm year for the state but also a combination of forces combined to produce extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Harvey, which caused damages throughout the state.
Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, a contributor to this project is quoted in the article. An excerpt from the article can be seen below.
“In 2017, both La Niña and climate change worked hand-in-hand, according to John Nielsen-Gammon, the state climatologist and a professor at Texas A&M University’s department of atmospheric sciences. La Niña typically brings warmer and drier conditions to Texas. Overlaying climate change on the effects of La Niña led to Texas experiencing its second-warmest year on record, he said.”
You can read the full text of the article by Naveena Sadasivam here.