Is another Dust Bowl in the works?
"If the La Nina is weaker and of shorter duration than last year, there is a chance of the return of substantial rain next spring in Texas and the southern Plains," Mohler said.
Rainfall during the early and middle 1950s was well below normal in many areas of Texas.
According to AccuWeather.com Forensics, in Lubbock, every year from 1950 through 1955 brought below-normal rainfall and had a cumulative effect.
The current drought and warmth have so far lasted just a little over a year. However, it has been much more intense than during much of the 1950s era with well-below-average rainfall and well-above-average warmth.
There has been one to several inches of rain in recent weeks in a large part of Texas and the southern Plains.
"The rain has come in time for the planting of winter wheat on the southern Plains," Mohler said.
According to AccuWeather.com Long Range Expert Paul Pastelok, "While anything is possible over the winter, we just do not see a pattern very favorable for the type of rain that is needed in much of the region."
"We cannot say for sure what the next year or next several years will bring," Pastelok added.
While black and white images of mass migration during the 1930s Dust Bowl Era are not likely to be repeated, more hardship for agriculture in the region may be ahead.