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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX
549 PM CDT THU APR 10 2014


...NO CHANGE IN DROUGHT STATUS OVER SOUTH TEXAS DESPITE BELOW
NORMAL RAINFALL DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS...

...EL-NINO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT...

.SYNOPSIS...
DESPITE MORE FRONTS AND PROXIMATE UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCES...MOST
OF SOUTH TEXAS SAW BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL DURING THE PAST TWO
WEEKS. PART OF THE REASON THAT EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE HYDROLOGIC
SERVICE AREA (HSA) HAVE REMAINED IN DROUGHT (DESPITE FRONTS AND
UPPER LEVEL FORCING) HAS BEEN DUE TO A STABLE MARINE LAYER MOVING
INLAND. TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN COOLER THAN NORMAL OVER THE GULF
WATERS...AND MOIST ONSHORE FLOW OVER THESE COOL WATERS HAS
PRODUCED FOG AND SEA FOG MANY TIMES DURING THE PAST FEW MONTHS.
THIS FOG HAS HELPED TO LIMIT CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT OVER EASTERN
PORTIONS OF THE HSA.

DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS...MOST OF THE HSA RECEIVED 1/2 INCH
OR LESS OF PRECIPITATION. MOST OF THIS RAINFALL OCCURRED ON MARCH
26-27 (MAINLY OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE HSA)...ON
APRIL 5-6...AND AGAIN ON APRIL 8. ALTHOUGH MOST AREAS SAW BELOW
NORMAL RAINFALL (DUE TO LIMITED INSTABILITY)...ISOLATED (AND
ABOVE NORMAL) RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF 1 INCH WERE OBSERVED
WITH A FEW STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. THUS...WHILE MOST OF
THE HSA SAW NO MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL RAINFALL
DURING THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS...A FEW AREAS IN SOUTHERN WEBB AND
DUVAL COUNTIES...AS WELL AS NORTHERN PORTIONS OF JIM WELLS AND
NUECES COUNTIES SAW ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

SOME LOCATIONS IN NORTHERN WEBB COUNTY SAW NO MORE THAN 10 PERCENT OF
THEIR NORMAL RAINFALL DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS...WITH MOST OF
NORTHERN DUVAL AND SOUTHERN LA SALLE COUNTIES RECEIVING LESS THAN
25 PERCENT OF NORMAL RAINFALL. HOWEVER...MOST OF THE WESTERN HSA
IS NOT IN DROUGHT...AND PREVIOUS RAINS IN MARCH...ALONG WITH
RECENT...ALBEIT GENERALLY LIGHT RAINS OVER THE EASTERN HSA HAS
HELPED TO KEEP DROUGHT CONDITIONS FROM WORSENING. AS A RESULT...
THERE HAS BEEN NO CHANGE IN THE DROUGHT STATUS OVER SOUTH TEXAS
SINCE THE END OF MARCH.

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR PRODUCT...VALID AS OF 7 AM EDT APRIL 7
2014...SHOWS NO CHANGE IN THE DROUGHT STATUS OVER THE HSA FROM THE
DROUGHT MONITOR PRODUCT ON MARCH 25 2014. THE LATEST DROUGHT
MONITOR PRODUCT SHOWS THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS OVER THE HSA...

THERE HAS BEEN NO CHANGE IN LOCATIONS EXPERIENCING MODERATE
DROUGHT (D1) STATUS.

D1 EXIST OVER THE NORTHEASTERN HALF OF NUECES COUNTY...ALL OF SAN
PATRICIO AND ARANSAS COUNTIES...NEARLY ALL OF REFUGIO COUNTY...A
VERY SMALL PORTION OF SOUTHEASTERN BEE COUNTY...SOUTHERN PORTIONS
OF LIVE OAK COUNTY...EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF GOLIAD
COUNTY...AND A VERY SMALL PORTION OF SOUTHWESTERN CALHOUN COUNTY.
THERE IS NO CHANGE TO THIS D1 AREA. THIS D1 AREA IS NEAR...NORTH
AND EAST OF A LINE LOCATED FROM ABOUT 5 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF
BIRD ISLAND...TO NEAR CHAPMAN RANCH...TO JUST SOUTH AND WEST OF
PETRONILA...TO NEAR PALO ALTO...TO JUST WEST OF BANQUETTE...TO
ORANGE GROVE...TO ABOUT 4 MILES WEST OF SANDIA...TO ABOUT 3.5
MILES WEST OF LAKE CORPUS CHRISTI...TO NEAR COMELIA...TO NEAR
OLMOS...TO NEAR YOUGEEN...TO JUST NORTH OF BLANCONIA...WITH THE D1
LINE THEN EXTENDING NORTHEAST TO ABOUT 2.5 MILES SOUTH OF
MCFADDIN...TO ABOUT 2 MILES NORTH OF TIVOLI...TO ABOUT 5 MILES
SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF SEADRIFT...TO ABOUT 8.5 MILES SOUTH OF FULGHUMS
LANDING. THE CITIES OF CORPUS CHRISTI...ROBSTOWN...MATHIS...
SINTON...PORTLAND...ARGENTA...SKIDMORE...BLANCONIA...REFUGIO...
WOODSBORO...ROCKPORT...BAYSIDE...TIVOLI AND AUSTWELL ARE IN D1
STATUS.

ANOTHER D1 AREA IS LOCATED OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHERN GOLIAD AND
NORTHERN VICTORIA COUNTIES...AND A VERY SMALL PORTION OF NORTHERN
BEE COUNTY. THIS D1 AREA IS LOCATED NEAR...NORTH AND EAST OF A LINE
LOCATED FROM ALONG THE LIVE OAK-KARNES COUNTY LINE...WITH THE D1
LINE EXTENDING EAST TO NEAR CAESAR...TO NEAR TULSITA...TO ABOUT
2.5 MILES SOUTH OF RIVERDALE...TO NEAR GOLIAD...TO ABOUT 3 MILES
SOUTH OF SCHROEDER...TO JUST NORTH OF DOWNTOWN VICTORIA...TO ABOUT
6.5 MILES SOUTH OF INEZ...TO ABOUT 6 MILES NORTH OF GARR.
THE CITIES OF MONTEOLA...CHARCO...MISSION VALLEY...THE NORTHERN
PORTION OF VICTORIA...AND INEZ ARE IN D1 STATUS. THE CITY OF
GOLIAD IS ON THE EXTREME SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE D1 AREA.

A SMALL D1 AREA EXISTS OVER EXTREME NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF LA
SALLE COUNTY. THIS D1 AREA IS LOCATED NEAR...NORTH AND WEST OF A
LINE LOCATED FROM ABOUT 4 TO 5 MILES WEST OF WOODWARD...TO ABOUT
2.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF WOODWARD...TO ABOUT 3 MILES NORTH OF
WOODWARD...TO ABOUT 8 MILES NORTH OF GARDENDALE. NO COMMUNITY IS
IN THIS D1 AREA.


ALSO...THERE HAS BEEN NO CHANGE IN ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS (D0).

OUTSIDE THE AFOREMENTIONED D1 AREAS...ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS
EXIST OVER THE EASTERN HALF OF KLEBERG COUNTY...THE REMAINDER OF
ALL BUT EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN NUECES COUNTY...NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS
OF JIM WELLS COUNTY...THE EASTERN HALF OF LIVE OAK COUNTY...AND
THE REMAINDER OF BEE...GOLIAD...VICTORIA...REFUGIO...AND CALHOUN
COUNTIES. THIS D0 AREA IS LOCATED NEAR...NORTH AND EAST OF A LINE
LOCATED FROM NEAR RIVIERA BEACH...TO ABOUT 9.5 MILES EAST OF
KINGSVILLE...TO NEAR BISHOP...TO ABOUT 6.5 MILES EAST OF
ALICE...TO ABOUT 4 MILES WEST OF ALFRED...TO JUST WEST OF
DILLWORTH...WITH THE D0 LINE EXTENDING NORTH TO JUST EAST OF
MIKESKA...TO ABOUT 3 MILES WEST OF KARON...TO NEAR RAY POINT...TO
JUST SOUTH OF SUNDLAND. THE COMMUNITIES OF DRISCOLL...AQUA
DULCE...MOUNT LUCAS...BEEVILLE...PAWNEE...BERCLAIR...FANNIN...THE
SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE CITY OF VICTORIA...BLOOMINGTON...
SEADRIFT...PORT LAVACA...AND PORT O`CONNOR ARE IN D0 STATUS.

FINALLY...OUTSIDE OF THE D1 AREA IN NORTHWESTERN LA SALLE
COUNTY...A SMALL PORTION OF THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF LIVE OAK...
MCMULLEN...AND LA SALLE COUNTIES IS IN D0 STATUS. THIS D0 AREA IS
NEAR AND NORTH OF A LINE LOCATED FROM JUST SOUTH OF SUNDLAND...TO
ABOUT 7 MILES NORTH OF CALLIHAM...TO ABOUT 7 MILES NORTH OF
TILDEN...TO ABOUT 2.5 MILES NORTH OF FOWLERTON...TO NEAR LOS
ANGELES...TO JUST NORTH OF COTULLA. THE COMMUNITIES OF WHITSETT
AND WOODWARD ARE IN D0 STATUS.

THE REMAINDER OF SOUTH TEXAS NOT MENTIONED ABOVE HAS NO DROUGHT
STATUS...AND IS CONSIDERED DROUGHT-FREE. THIS INCLUDES ALL OF WEBB
AND DUVAL COUNTIES...THE REMAINDER JIM WELLS...KLEBERG...EXTREME
SOUTHWESTERN NUECES...LA SALLE...MCMULLEN...AND LIVE OAK
COUNTIES. THE CITIES OF LAREDO...ENCINAL...COTULLA...ARTESIA
WELLS...FREER...BENAVIDES...ALICE...SAN DIEGO...KINGSVILLE...
RIVIERA...GEORGE WEST...THREE RIVERS...TILDEN AND OAKVILLE ARE
CONSIDERED DROUGHT-FREE.

SEE THE DROUGHT MONITOR PRODUCT (LINK PROVIDED AT THE END OF THE
STATEMENT) FOR A GRAPHICAL VIEW.


SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS.
AS OF APRIL 10...THERE HAS BEEN NO CHANGE IN BURN BANS DURING THE
PAST TWO WEEKS...ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS FOREST SERVICE.
THUS...ONLY BEE COUNTY HAS A BURN BAN IN EFFECT...WITH NO OTHER
SOUTH TEXAS COUNTIES UNDER BURN BANS. NEVERTHELESS...RESIDENTS
PLANNING ON BURNING SHOULD CONTACT COUNTY OFFICIALS TO ENSURE THAT
BURNING IS ALLOWED...AND ALSO TO SEE IF ANY RESTRICTIONS ON HOW
AND WHEN TO BURN ARE IN EFFECT. IF BURNING IS ALLOWED...BE SURE IT
IS NOT DONE DURING WINDY DAYS WITH LOW HUMIDITY...AS THIS COULD
RESULT IN A FIRE WHICH COULD EASILY GET OUT OF CONTROL.

ALSO...THERE HAVE BEEN NO CHANGE IN WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR CORPUS
CHRISTI...VICTORIA AND LAREDO.

ACCORDING TO THE CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI WATER PAGE...THE CITY
REMAINS IN STAGE 1 OF THE DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN...AND WILL
REMAIN SO UNTIL THE COMBINED RESERVOIR CAPACITY FOR CHOKE CANYON
AND LAKE CORPUS CHRISTI STAYS ABOVE 40 PERCENT. UNDER STAGE
1...RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO VOLUNTARILY CONSERVE WATER WHENEVER
POSSIBLE. FOR THE CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI...WATERING IS NO LONGER
LIMITED TO ONCE A WEEK. HOWEVER RESIDENTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO LIMIT
THE USE OF WATER OUTSIDE DURING THE HOURS OF 10 AM AND 6 PM. THE
CITIES OF PORTLAND AND INGLESIDE ARE ALSO IN STAGE 1 RESTRICTIONS.

GENERAL USES AND RESTRICTIONS UNDER STAGE 1:

* WATER IS NO LONGER LIMITED TO ONCE A WEEK
* NO WATERING OR OUTSIDE WASHING DURING THE HOURS OF 10 AM AND 6
  PM.

ADDITIONAL MINOR DIFFERENCES ARE OBSERVED AT PORTLAND AND INGLESIDE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION FOR THESE LOCATIONS...PLEASE VISIT:

HTTP://PORTLANDTX.COM
HTTP://INGLESIDETX.GOV

THE CITY OF VICTORIA STILL ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO CONSERVE WATER
VOLUNTARILY.

THE CITY OF LAREDO REMAINS UNDER VOLUNTARY RESTRICTIONS. RESIDENTS
ARE STILL ALLOWED TO WATER THEIR LANDSCAPES AT ANY TIME...BUT ARE
ASKED TO VOLUNTARILY CONSERVE WATER.

WITH THE WARM WEATHER...WATER USAGE IS STARTING TO INCREASE.
THUS...RESIDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO LIMIT THEIR WATERING.
WATER CONSERVED NOW CAN BE USED FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS...WHEN
LAWNS NEED MORE WATER THAN THEY DO NOW. IF WATER IS WASTED NOW...
WATER MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN THE SUMMER MONTHS...DUE TO MORE
STRINGENT WATER RESTRICTIONS.

RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ONLY WATER THEIR LANDSCAPES ONCE A
WEEK OR EVERY OTHER WEEK IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN SOIL MOISTURE.
ALSO...WHEN ADEQUATE RAINFALL IS RECENTLY RECEIVED...WATERING
SHOULD BE OMITTED FOR SEVERAL DAYS UNTIL WATERING BECOMES
NECESSARY. RESIDENTS WITH SPRINKLER SYSTEMS SHOULD MONITOR THEIR
WATERING TO ENSURE THEIR SPRINKLER SYSTEM IS WATERING THE LAWN
AND NOT THE SIDEWALK OR STREET. WHEN WATERING YOUR LANDSCAPES...DO
NOT ALLOW WATER TO RUNOFF INTO SIDEWALKS AND STREETS...AND USE A
SPRINKLER WHICH MAKES LARGER WATER DROPLETS.

RESIDENTS SHOULD REMAIN INFORMED ON ANY WATER RESTRICTIONS WHICH
MAY BE IMPOSED FOR THEIR LOCATION...AS ANY VIOLATIONS CAN RESULT
IN SIGNIFICANT FINES. MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO CONSERVE WATER
(AND DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLANS) IS FOUND ON THE CITY WEBSITES
LISTED AT THE END OF THIS STATEMENT.

ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS WITHIN THE HSA HAVE MAINTAINED EITHER
MANDATORY OR VOLUNTARY RESTRICTIONS ON THEIR LOCAL PUBLIC WATER
SYSTEMS (PWS). ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL
QUALITY (TCEQ)...HERE IS A LIST OF LOCATIONS WITHIN THE HSA (AS OF
APRIL 10 2014) WHICH HAVE WATER RESTRICTIONS (NO CHANGE SINCE
DROUGHT STATEMENT ON MARCH 27 2014):

REMOVED RESTRICTIONS: NONE REMOVED

NEW/AMENDED RESTRICTIONS: NONE ADDED/AMENDED

PREVIOUS RESTRICTIONS:
ARANSAS COUNTY: CITY OF ROCKPORT (STAGE 1)...COPANO HEIGHTS WATER
(STAGE 1)

BEE COUNTY: BLUEBERRY HILLS WATERWORKS (STAGE 1)...CITY OF
BEEVILLE (VOLUNTARY)

CALHOUN COUNTY: THE CITY OF POINT COMFORT (STAGE 1)

DUVAL COUNTY: FREER WCID (VOLUNTARY)

JIM WELLS COUNTY: CITY OF ALICE (STAGE 1)...ENGLISH ACRES (STAGE
3)...PAISANO MOBILE HOME PARK (STAGE 3).

KLEBERG COUNTY: CITY OF KINGSVILLE (VOLUNTARY)...TEXAS A & M
UNIVERSITY KINGSVILLE (VOLUNTARY)...RICARDO WSC (STAGE 1)...KING
RANCH SANTA GERTRUDIS (VOLUNTARY)...EAST RIVIERA WSC (VOLUNTARY)

LIVE OAK: BUCKEYE KNOLL (STAGE 1)...OLD MARBACH SCHOOL WSC
(VOLUNTARY)

NUECES COUNTY: CITY OF BISHOP (STAGE 1)...NUECES COUNTY WCID 3
(STAGE 1)...NUECES COUNTY WCID 4 (STAGE 1)...NUECES WSC (STAGE
1).

SAN PATRICIO COUNTY: CITY OF GREGORY (STAGE 2)...CITY OF MATHIS
(STAGE 1)...CITY OF ODEM (STAGE 1)...CITY OF TAFT (STAGE 1)...SAN
PATRICIO MWD (VOLUNTARY)

VICTORIA COUNTY: VICTORIA COUNTY WCID 1 (STAGE 1)

WEBB COUNTY: MIRANDO CITY WSC (VOLUNTARY)...BRUNI RURAL WSC
(VOLUNTARY)


AGRICULTURAL AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS.
BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS HAS RESULTED IN
LOWER SOIL MOISTURE OVER MOST OF THE HSA. THE LATEST SOIL
MOISTURE ANOMALY MAP FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (VALID ON
APRIL 10) SHOWED NEAR NORMAL TO BELOW NORMAL SOIL CONDITIONS OVER
THE HSA. NEAR NORMAL CONDITIONS (ANOMALIES BETWEEN +20 MM AND -20
MM) EXIST OVER MOST OF KLEBERG...NUECES AND SAN PATRICIO
COUNTIES...AND OVER SOUTHERN DUVAL AND WEBB COUNTIES...WITH
INCREASING SOIL MOISTURE DEFICITS FARTHER NORTH AND EAST. THE
GREATEST ANOMALIES EXIST OVER THE VICTORIA AREA...WHERE ANOMALIES
BETWEEN -80 MM AND -100 MM EXIST. SOIL MOISTURE RANKING
PERCENTILES ARE ALSO STARTING TO DECREASE OVER THE VICTORIA
AREA...WHERE PERCENTAGES RANGE FROM 20 TO 30 PERCENT. WHILE THE
REMAINDER OF THE HSA STILL HAS PERCENTAGES BETWEEN 30 AND 70
PERCENT...SOME AREAS WILL LIKELY SEE FALLING SOIL MOISTURE RANKING
PERCENTILES IF MORE ABUNDANT RAINFALL IS NOT RECEIVED IN THE NEXT
FEW WEEKS. HOWEVER...CROP MOISTURE INDICES...VALID FOR THE WEEK
ENDING APRIL 4...REMAINED BETWEEN +0.9 AND -0.9 OVER THE ENTIRE HSA
(INDICATING SLIGHTLY DRY/FAVORABLY MOIST CONDITIONS).

ACCORDING TO A RECENT ARTICLE IN THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD
(WWW.BROWNSVILLEHERALD.COM)...WILDFLOWERS ARE COMING INTO BLOOM
OVER SOUTH TEXAS. IT IS WILDFLOWER SEASON IN TEXAS AND THE BLOOMS
ARE SPROUTING ALONG THE STATE`S HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS. AS CLOSE AS
INTERSTATE 69E...THE FORMER STATE HIGHWAY 77...INDIAN
PAINTBRUSH...PURPLE THISTLE AND WHITE PRIMROSE ARE STARTING TO
BLOOM BETWEEN RAYMONDVILLE AND KINGSVILLE. ACCORDING TO A
SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION...
FLOX...PRICKLY POPPIES...COREOPSIS AND CONE FLOWERS WILL BE NEXT
TO BLOOM. BUT IF IT IS BLUEBONNETS ON THE MUST-SEE LIST...A DRIVE
TO ROBSTOWN IS IN ORDER. THAT IS THE FARTHEST SOUTH THE STATE
FLOWER...LUPINUS TEXENSIS...HAS BLOOMED IN ANY REAL CONCENTRATION.
DESPITE WIDESPREAD DROUGHT...THERE ACTUALLY ARE MORE BLOOMS IN
SOME AREAS THIS YEAR...BECAUSE THE DROUGHT KILLED OFF SOME OF THE
GRASS IN AREAS LAST YEAR AND THE YEAR BEFORE. THEREFORE
WILDFLOWERS WERE ABLE TO TAKE OVER THOSE AREAS THIS YEAR.

IN A RECENT ARTICLE IN THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE (WWW.CHRON.COM)...THE
STATE OF TEXAS IS CONSIDERING SEA WATER DESALINATION TO HELP
CURTAIL LOW WATER SUPPLIES (AND INCREASING DEMAND) OVER TEXAS.
TEXAS REPRESENTATIVE TODD HUNTER (R-CORPUS CHRISTI) WAS APPOINTED
TO LEAD A NEW COMMITTEE TO ASSESS WHETHER THE STATE SHOULD INVEST
IN WATER DESALINATION AS DROUGHT PERSISTS IN THE STATE.
DESALINATING SEA WATER IS EXPENSIVE...COSTING $3 TO $6 PER
THOUSAND GALLONS...ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS DESALINATION
ASSOCIATION. IT IS A GRIM SITUATION THAT HAS LAWMAKERS LOOKING TO
THE GULF FOR THE SOLUTION...AND IT IS NOT THE FIRST TIME. HUNTER
HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO HEAD UP A NEW COMMITTEE TO STUDY WATER
DESALINATION SET-UP...WITH THE HOPE OF TURNING THE SALT WATER WE
HAVE NEARBY INTO SOMETHING WE CAN DRINK. THE NEW COMMITTEE WILL
LOOK AT WHETHER IT IS WORTH THE STATE SPENDING WHAT COULD RUN TO
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BUILD PLANTS PRODUCING THIS PRICEY WATER.
SOME THINK WITH CURRENT NATURAL WATER LEVELS DECLINING AND AROUND
95 PER CENT OF THE STATE IN DROUGHT...FURTHER DESALINATION IS A
MUST. OTHERS SAY THAT IT MAY STILL BE TOO EARLY TO PUMP MASSIVE
AMOUNTS OF PUBLIC MONEY INTO DESALINATING WATER. THEY POINT TO
OTHER DROUGHT RIDDEN AREAS LIKE AUSTRALIA AND CALIFORNIA WHERE
RAIN DID RETURN TO SAVE THE DAY...LEAVING HUGE INVESTMENTS ON
DESALINATION PLANTS REDUNDANT.

HERE ARE THE REPORTS FROM THE SOUTH TEXAS MARCH RANCH DIARY

* WE ENDED THE MONTH WITH (34) ANIMAL UNITS ON THE PLACE...WHICH
  REPRESENTS ABOUT 121% OF THE NEW ESTIMATED CARRYING CAPACITY OF
  (28) FOR OUR RANCH DURING A DROUGHT YEAR (RAINFALL LESS THAN
  20.00 INCHES). BECAUSE OF THE ABOVE-AVERAGE RAINFALL FOR
  MARCH...WE ARE HOPING RAINFALL FOR THE YEAR WILL BE GREATER THAN
  20.00 INCHES.

* GREEN UP...I.E. THE MESQUITE TREES BEGAN LEAFING OUT ON MARCH 8.
  THEY ARE SELDOM FOOLED...SO WE ARE NOT EXPECTING ANOTHER FREEZE.

* RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH MEASURED A WHOPPING 3.36 INCHES...WHICH
  WAS 1.63 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH DURING A
  NEUTRAL YEAR. FROM OUR PAST RECORDS...IT SEEMS LIKE MARCH MIGHT
  BE AN INDICATOR MONTH - WE ARE HOPING FOR THE END OF OUR
  DROUGHT. WE EVEN BEGAN EXPANDING OUR COW HERD IN HOPES OF
  INCREASED RAIN FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR.

* NO FREEZES OCCURRED - JUST SOME STRONG NORTHERLY BREEZES. WE
  HARVESTED RADISHES FROM THE GARDEN LATE IN THE MONTH.

* WE STILL HAD (46) AU ON THE PLACE AT THE END OF THAT MONTH - WE
  WERE OVER-STOCKED AND HAD FED HAY ALL WINTER. THE COWS RAN OUT
  OF NEW GRASS ON MARCH 10 AND WE HAD TO PUT THEM BACK ON HAY.
  PRICES WERE LOW AT THE AUCTION BARN...SO WE DELAYED SELLING
  ANYTHING THAT MONTH.

THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) RECENTLY
ANNOUNCED THAT MORE THAN HALF (52%) OF THE U.S. WINTER WHEAT
PRODUCTION AREA WAS IN DROUGHT AS OF APRIL 1 2014...UP FROM 30% IN
LATE 2013. THEY ALSO RATED 29% OF THE CROP IN VERY POOR TO POOR
CONDITION ON APRIL 6 2014...UP FROM 8% ON NOVEMBER 24 2013.
ALSO...BETWEEN 20 AND 29 PERCENT OF THE CROP IN TEXAS IS RATED
POOR TO VERY POOR. FROM THE LATEST FALL REPORT IN 2013 TO THE
FIRST SPRING REPORT IN 2014...DETERIORATION IN WINTER WHEAT
CONDITION MATCHED THE 1995-1996 RECORD FOR THE U.S.

THE TEXAS CROP AND WEATHER REPORTS FOR APRIL 1 AND APRIL 8
CONTAINED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

FOR THE COASTAL BEND DISTRICT:

* COTTON PLANTING WAS SLOWED BY COOLER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES.
  HOWEVER...MOST COUNTIES RECEIVED ENOUGH RAIN IN THE FIRST
  COUPLE OF DAYS OF APRIL TO START OR CONTINUE WITH COTTON
  PLANTING. IN FACT...RECENT RAINS HAD MANY GROWERS SWITCHING FROM
  PLANTING SMALL GRAINS TO COTTON.

* MOST CORN AND GRAIN SORGHUM WAS PLANTED.

* PASTURES MARKEDLY IMPROVED FROM RAINS OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS.

* RICE WAS BEING PLANTED...AND PECANS BEGAN TO BREAK BUD. HAY
  GROWERS WERE FERTILIZING AND SPRAYING FOR WEEDS.

* MOST STOCKMEN DISCONTINUED FEEDING HAY ON A DAILY BASIS AS
  GRASSES GREENED UP.


FOR THE WESTERN AREAS (CONSIDERED PART OF THE SOUTH DISTRICT):

* NIGHTTIME TEMPERATURES WERE MILD...AND DAYS HAD A LITTLE
  SUNSHINE...WHICH HELPED GREEN UP RANGELAND AND PASTURES.

* IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE REGION...FRIO COUNTY GOT ABOUT 1
  INCH OF RAIN AND MCMULLEN COUNTY...0.25 INCH. THE REMAINING
  COUNTIES ONLY HAD VERY LIGHT RAIN WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT
  ACCUMULATIONS. SOIL MOISTURE WAS MOSTLY SHORT IN THE NORTHERN
  COUNTIES...EXCEPT FOR LIVE OAK COUNTY WITH 70 PERCENT ADEQUATE
  LEVELS.

* IN SOME NORTHERN COUNTIES...GROWERS WERE BUSY PLANTING COTTON
  AND CORN...AS WELL AS PREPARING FIELDS FOR SESAME. IN FRIO
  COUNTY...POTATOES WERE IN THE FLOWERING STAGE...CORN PLANTING
  WAS COMPLETED WITH MOST OF THE CROP EMERGED...AND SORGHUM
  PLANTING CONTINUED. WHEAT AND OATS WERE HEADING AND GENERALLY
  WERE IN GOOD CONDITION. SUPPLEMENTAL FEED CONTINUED AT A STEADY
  PACE THROUGHOUT THE AREA.

* IN MCMULLEN COUNTY...CATTLE BODY CONDITION SCORES DECLINED
  SOMEWHAT DUE TO INCREASED NUTRIENT DEMANDS DURING THE CALVING
  SEASON. ELSEWHERE...SUPPLEMENTAL FEEDING OF LIVESTOCK
  CONTINUED...AND CATTLE BODY-CONDITION SCORES WERE REPORTED TO BE
  FAIR IN SOME AREAS.

* IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE REGION...JIM WELLS COUNTY HAD
  LIGHT...SCATTERED SHOWERS...WHILE KLEBERG AND KENEDY COUNTIES
  RECEIVED 1.5 INCHES. SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS REMAINED SHORT IN
  KLEBERG AND KENEDY COUNTIES DESPITE THE RAIN RECEIVED. SOIL
  MOISTURE WAS 100 PERCENT ADEQUATE IN JIM WELLS COUNTY...BUT WAS
  60 TO 70 PERCENT SHORT IN OTHER AREAS. HIGH WINDS CAUSED SOME
  CROP DAMAGE IN ONE AREA.

* RANGELAND AND PASTURES WERE IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION IN JIM
  WELLS COUNTY BUT POOR IN KLEBERG AND KENEDY COUNTIES.

* IN JIM WELLS COUNTY...ROW CROP PLANTING PROGRESSED AT A SLOW
  PACE...AND SMALL-GRAIN PRODUCERS FINISHED PLANTING. COTTON
  PLANTING WAS EXPECTED TO START IN THAT AREA NEXT WEEK.

* IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE REGION...SCATTERED SHOWERS WERE
  REPORTED. WEBB COUNTY RANCHERS CONTINUED TRYING TO REBUILD
  HERDS BUT WERE FACED WITH THE HIGH COST OF REPLACEMENT FEMALES.
  ALSO IN THE WESTERN PORTIONS...SOIL MOISTURE RANGED FROM 55 TO
  75 PERCENT SHORT IN WEBB AND ZAPATA COUNTIES TO 50 TO 100
  PERCENT ADEQUATE IN DIMMIT AND ZAVALA COUNTIES.

* WEBB COUNTY RANCHERS WERE BUSY PLANTING HAYGRAZER...WHILE
  OTHERS WERE ONLY PROVIDING LIGHT SUPPLEMENTAL FEEDING DUE TO
  VERY LOW STOCKING RATES.


FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.
ACCORDING TO THE 5 DAY AVERAGE FIRE DANGER MAP FROM THE TEXAS
INTER-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER (TICC)...THERE IS A HIGH FIRE
DANGER OVER ALL OF THE HSA (VALID ON APRIL 9). THE FIRE DANGER HAS
INCREASED DUE TO THE LACK OF RAINFALL...ALONG WITH RECENT LOW
HUMIDITY AND HIGHER WIND SPEEDS. THE FIRE DANGER WILL LIKELY
DIMINISH OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS RELATIVE HUMIDITY
INCREASES AND WINDS DIMINISH SLIGHTLY. FORTUNATELY...FUELS HAVE
GREENED UP...AND CRITICAL TO EXTREME FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS HAVE
BECOME A BIT LESS LIKELY IN THE SHORT TERM. HOWEVER...IF A
PROLONGED DRY SPELL RESULTS IN FUELS DRYING OUT...THEN CRITICAL TO
EXTREME FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS COULD RETURN WHEN WINDS INCREASE
AND HUMIDITY IS LOW.

SINCE MOST LOCATIONS SAW BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL
DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS...COUNTY AVERAGED KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT
INDICES (KBDI) HAVE INCREASED IN SEVERAL COUNTIES. IN FACT...THE
KBDI VALUE FOR GOLIAD COUNTY IS NOW ABOVE 500. AS OF APRIL
10...THE FOLLOWING KBDI AVERAGES WERE OBSERVED:

  0 TO 200:  NONE.

200 TO 300: JIM WELLS COUNTY.

300 TO 400: WEBB...LA SALLE...DUVAL...KLEBERG...NUECES...SAN
            PATRICIO...AND CALHOUN COUNTIES.

400 TO 500: MCMULLEN...LIVE OAK...BEE...REFUGIO...ARANSAS AND
            VICTORIA COUNTIES.

500 TO 600: GOLIAD COUNTY.

600 TO 700: NONE.

700 TO 800: NONE.

IF WIDESPREAD MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL DOES NOT OCCUR OVER THE
NEXT FEW WEEKS...SOME COUNTY-AVERAGED KBDI VALUES COULD INCREASE
TO EVEN HIGHER VALUES.


RIVER AND HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS.
WITH THE CONTINUED LACK OF HEAVY RAINFALL OVER THE WATERSHEDS
WITHIN THE HSA...THERE CONTINUES TO BE LITTLE CHANGE IN STREAMFLOW
CONDITIONS OVER SOUTH TEXAS. ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS STREAM-FLOW
MAP ON APRIL 10 2014...NEARLY ALL RIVER AND CREEKS IN THE HSA ARE
RUNNING BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL. THE ONLY EXCEPTIONS TO THIS
ARE THE NUECES RIVER NEAR TILDEN...AND THE ARANSAS RIVER AT
SKIDMORE. ALTHOUGH FLOWS ON THE RIO GRANDE HAVE BEEN RUNNING BELOW
NORMAL OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS...AN INCREASE IN RELEASES FROM LAKE
AMISTAD WILL BRING THE RIVER TO ABOVE NORMAL VALUES FOR THE
UPCOMING 2-3 WEEKS.

SINCE THE END OF MARCH...FLOWS ON THE GUADALUPE RIVER AT VICTORIA
HAVE BEEN BETWEEN 4.8 FEET (255 CFS) AND 5.6 FEET (429 CFS). AS
LONG AS FLOWS REMAIN ABOVE 150 CFS (ABOUT 4.2 FEET)...THE CITY OF
VICTORIA CAN CONTINUE TO OBTAIN ITS WATER FROM THE RIVER.

DUE TO THE WARMER WEATHER...WINDY CONDITIONS AT TIMES...AND
INCREASED WATER USAGE...RESERVOIR LEVELS CONTINUE TO DECLINE. AS
OF ARPIL 10 2014...THE LEVEL AT CHOKE CANYON DAM WAS AT 196.6 FEET
(32.6 PERCENT CAPACITY)...WITH LAKE CORPUS CHRISTI AT 91.5 FEET
(82.4 PERCENT CAPACITY). THE COMBINED SYSTEM CAPACITY FOR THE
CORPUS CHRISTI WATER SUPPLY WAS AT 46.0 PERCENT...WHICH IS 0.7
PERCENTAGE POINTS LOWER THAN ON MARCH 27. LAKE TEXANA FELL 0.5
FEET TO 41.0 FEET (83.5 PERCENT CAPACITY). HOWEVER...COLETO CREEK
ROSE 0.07 FEET...WITH THE CURRENT LEVEL AT 94.18 FEET. CANYON DAM
FELL 0.18 FEET DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS...WITH THE CURRENT LEVEL
AT 900.42 FEET (83 PERCENT CAPACITY). FINALLY...LAKE AMISTAD FELL
0.18 FEET SINCE MARCH 27...WITH THE CURRENT LEVEL AT 1081.64 FEET
(45 PERCENT CAPACITY).


CLIMATE SUMMARY...
SO FAR...THE MONTH OF APRIL HAS BEEN DRY AND WARM OVER MOST OF
SOUTH TEXAS. A FEW STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WHICH MOVED ACROSS THE HSA
ON APRIL 5 PRODUCED HEAVY RAINFALL OVER SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF WEBB
AND DUVAL COUNTIES...AS WELL AS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL LA SALLE
COUNTY...SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF MCMULLEN AND LIVE OAK COUNTIES...
NORTHERN JIM WELLS COUNTY...AND NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF NUECES
AND SAN PATRICIO COUNTIES.

ACCORDING TO THE AHPS RAINFALL ANALYSIS...SOME LOCATIONS
EXPERIENCING THESE STRONG STORMS RECEIVED BETWEEN 110 TO MORE
THAN 400 PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL RAINFALL SO FAR FOR THE MONTH OF
APRIL (GENERALLY 1 TO 2 INCHES). UNFORTUNATELY...MOST OF THE HSA
RECEIVED LESS THAN 1/2 OF THEIR NORMAL RAINFALL SO FAR IN APRIL.
IN FACT...MOST LOCATIONS IN NORTHERN WEBB COUNTY SAW NO MORE THAN
10 PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL RAINFALL SO FAR IN APRIL...WITH MOST
OF NORTHERN DUVAL AND SOUTHERN LA SALLE COUNTIES RECEIVING LESS
THAN 25 PERCENT OF NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE TOTAL MONTHLY RAINFALL
AMOUNTS THROUGH APRIL 10...IN 2014...AND FOR THE 2014 WATER YEAR WHICH
BEGAN OCTOBER 1 2013. ALL VALUES ARE IN INCHES...RAINFALL DEFICITS
ARE SHOWN IN PARENTHESIS (A "+" INDICATES A SURPLUS):

                                                  2014 WATER YEAR
                     ARPIL 10          2014          10/1/2013 -
                                                     04/10/2014

CORPUS CHRISTI     0.27  (0.27)     2.83  (3.07)    7.53  (4.38)

VICTORIA           0.23  (0.65)     3.51  (4.74)    8.57  (9.24)

LAREDO AIRPORT     0.03  (0.33)     1.25  (2.00)    5.77  (0.87)

FOR THE THREE CLIMATE STATIONS...THE 2014 PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL
RAINFALL THROUGH APRIL 10 WAS: 48.0 PERCENT AT CORPUS CHRISTI...
42.6 PERCENT AT VICTORIA...AND 38.5 PERCENT AT LAREDO.

THE 2014 WATER YEAR PERCENTAGES THROUGH MARCH 26 2014 ARE: 63.2
PERCENT AT CORPUS CHRISTI...48.1 PERCENT AT VICTORIA...AND 86.9
PERCENT AT LAREDO.

SO FAR IN APRIL...TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN ABOVE NORMAL OVER
ESSENTIALLY ALL OF THE HSA. AS OF APRIL 10...TEMPERATURES WERE 2.2
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT LAREDO...0.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT
VICTORIA...AND 0.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT CORPUS CHRISTI.

THE CHANCES FOR EL-NINO TO DEVELOP LATER THIS YEAR CONTINUE TO
LOOK PROMISING. AN EL-NINO WATCH CONTINUES. THE CLIMATE PREDICTION
CENTER (CPC) PREDICTS THAT THERE IS A BETTER THAN 50 PERCENT
CHANCE OF EL-NINO DEVELOPING BY OR DURING THE SUMMER. MOST MODELS
PREDICT EL-NINO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) NEUTRAL CONDITIONS TO
CONTINUE INTO THE SPRING...WITH EL-NINO DEVELOPING DURING THE
SUMMER.

ACCORDING TO THE CPC...ENSO NEUTRAL CONDITIONS CONTINUE OVER THE
EQUATORIAL PACIFIC. DURING THE PAST WEEK...EQUATORIAL SEA SURFACE
TEMPERATURES (SST) WERE NEAR TO ABOVE AVERAGE OVER THE ENTIRE
EQUATORIAL PACIFIC OCEAN. DURING THE PAST FOUR WEEKS...EQUATORIAL
SST WERE ABOVE AVERAGE NEAR THE INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE AND NEAR
AVERAGE OVER EAST-CENTRAL PACIFIC. THUS...SST ANOMALIES OVER THE
EQUATORIAL PACIFIC WERE BECOMING MORE POSITIVE...AND HAVE
INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY SINCE THE END OF JANUARY 2014. ALSO
(ACCORDING TO CPC)...RECENT VALUES OF THE UPPER OCEAN HEAT
ANOMALIES (POSITIVE) AND THERMOCLINE SLOPE INDEX (POSITIVE)
REFLECT A PROGRESSION TOWARD EL-NINO CONDITIONS.

THE OCEANIC NINO INDEX (ONI) IS BASED ON SST DEPARTURES FROM
AVERAGES IN THE NINO 3.4 REGION...AND IS THE PRINCIPAL MEASURE
FOR MONITORING...ASSESSING AND PREDICTING ENSO. THE MOST RECENT
ONI VALUE (JANUARY 2014 - MARCH 2014) IS -0.7 DEGREES CELSIUS.
WHILE THIS IS MORE OF A LA-NINA VALUE...IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE
DOWN-WELLING PHASE OF THE KELVIN WAVE WILL REVERSE THE INDICES TO
POSITIVE VALUES. THE FACT THAT THE UPPER OCEAN HEAT ANOMALIES AND
THERMOCLINE SLOPE INDEX ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE POSITIVE
INDICATE THE ONI WILL INCREASE RELATIVELY FAST. IN FACT...ALL
MODELS PREDICT POSITIVE ONI VALUES BY THE AUGUST- SEPTEMBER-
OCTOBER TIME INTERVAL.

ENSO NEUTRAL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE
NORTHERN HEMISPHERIC SPRING 2014...WITH THE POSSIBLE ONSET OF AN
EL-NINO AS EARLY AS SUMMER. PROBABILISTIC ENSO OUTLOOKS HAVE NOT
CHANGED SINCE EARLY MARCH...AND SHOW A GREATER LIKELIHOOD FOR EL-
NINO TO OCCUR. FOR THE FORECAST DURING THE OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-
DECEMBER INTERVAL...THERE IS ABOUT A 52 PERCENT PROBABILITY FOR
EL-NINO CONDITIONS...A 41 PERCENT PROBABILITY FOR ENSO NEUTRAL
CONDITIONS...AND ONLY ABOUT A 7 PERCENT CHANCE FOR LA NINA
CONDITIONS TO DEVELOP.


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...
THE RAINFALL FORECAST FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS (APRIL 11 THROUGH
APRIL 17) IS AS FOLLOWS. THERE IS SLIGHT CHANCE FOR PRECIPITATION
ON SATURDAY NIGHT OVER AREAS EAST OF HIGHWAY 281...WITH RAIN
CHANCES INCREASING SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT AS AN UPPER LEVEL LEVEL
DISTURBANCE AND COLD FRONT IMPACT THE AREA. RAIN CHANCES WILL
DIMINISH FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST ON MONDAY WITH THE PASSAGE OF
A COLD FRONT. AT THIS TIME...WITH MOST OF THE UPPER LEVEL ENERGY
EXPECTED TO BE NORTH OF THE HSA...RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED
TO AVERAGE 1/4 INCH OR LESS SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...WITH
LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ESPECIALLY IN AND NEAR ANY THUNDERSTORMS.
NO RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY...THEN THERE IS A
CHANCE FOR RAIN AGAIN ON THURSDAY WITH ANOTHER UPPER LEVEL STORM
SYSTEM MOVING ACROSS TEXAS...MAINLY OVER THE EASTERN 2/3 OF THE
HSA. RAINFALL AMOUNTS WITH THIS SYSTEM SHOULD AVERAGE LESS THAN
1/4 INCH.

THE TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FOR APRIL 11 THROUGH APRIL 17 IS AS
FOLLOWS. ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED SATURDAY THROUGH
SUNDAY NIGHT...BEFORE A COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH SOUTH TEXAS ON
MONDAY. BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE THEN EXPECTED MONDAY NIGHT
THROUGH WEDNESDAY. TEMPERATURES SHOULD BE NEAR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW
NORMAL ON THURSDAY.

THE 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK...VALID FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 18 THROUGH
APRIL 24...CALLS FOR A GREATER PROBABILITY FOR NEAR NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL...ALTHOUGH THE NORTHEASTERN MOST
PORTIONS OF THE HSA (MAINLY CALHOUN COUNTY) WILL HAVE A BETTER
CHANCE FOR ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL AND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES.

THE APRIL 2014 TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL OUTLOOKS HAVE NOT
CHANGED. UPDATED ON MARCH 31...THESE MAPS SHOW A GREATER
PROBABILITY FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND AN EQUAL CHANCE FOR
NEAR/ABOVE/BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

THE THREE MONTH PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS FOR THE
PERIOD APRIL THROUGH JUNE 2014 HAVE NOT CHANGED. ISSUED ON MARCH
20...THERE IS A GREATER PROBABILITY FOR ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES...AND AN EQUAL CHANCE FOR NEAR/ABOVE/BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION OVER ALL OF SOUTH TEXAS.

THE MONTHLY DROUGHT OUTLOOK FOR APRIL...ISSUED ON MARCH
31...INDICATES DROUGHT RELIEF FOR THE AREAS IN MODERATE DROUGHT
OVER THE HSA (WITH NO DROUGHT DEVELOPMENT LIKELY). IF THIS
VERIFIES...THEN DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO END OVER THE
HSA. HOWEVER...REMEMBER THAT THESE ARE FORECASTS AND MAY NOT BE
COMPLETELY ACCURATE (I.E. THE DROUGHT MAY IMPROVE IN SOME AREAS
BUT COULD DEVELOP IN OTHERS).

THE SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK HAS NOT CHANGED SINCE MARCH 20. VALID
FROM APRIL THROUGH THE END OF JUNE... THE OUTLOOK PRODUCT SHOWS
DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSISTING...BUT IMPROVING OVER THE DROUGHT-
STRICKEN AREAS. ALSO...DROUGHT IS NOT EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER
ANY OTHER AREAS OVER SOUTH TEXAS.

FINALLY...THE LAGGED SOIL MOISTURE OUTLOOK VALID THROUGH THE END
OF JULY 2014 CALLS FOR NEAR NORMAL TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL SOIL
CONDITIONS OVER THE HSA...WITH THE SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL SOIL
MOISTURE PREDICTED OVER THE VICTORIA AREA.

IF EL-NINO CONDITIONS DEVELOP IN THE SUMMER OR EARLY FALL...THIS
WOULD LIKELY CURTAIL ORGANIZED TROPICAL ACTIVITY IN THE ATLANTIC
BASIN (AND SOME FORECASTS HAVE INDICATED THIS). HOWEVER...LOWER
ORGANIZED TROPICAL ACTIVITY DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT
RAINFALL WILL BE BELOW NORMAL OVER THE HSA DURING THE 2014
HURRICANE SEASON. SOUTH TEXAS COULD EXPERIENCE NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL
SEA-BREEZE ACTIVITY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS (WITHOUT HAVING
ORGANIZED TROPICAL SYSTEMS). THEN...IF EL-NINO DOES DEVELOP BY THE
FALL...THE REGION WILL HAVE A MUCH BETTER CHANCE FOR ABOVE NORMAL
RAINFALL DURING THE COOL SEASON.


NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON OR
SHORTLY AFTER APRIL 24 2014.

RELATED WEB SITES...
NWS CORPUS CHRISTI DROUGHT PAGE:
HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/CRP/DROUGHT.HTML

ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE (AHPS)...
HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/PRECIP

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR (INCLUDES DROUGHT AND SOIL MOISTURE
OUTLOOKS...DROUGHT ARCHIVES AND TEMPERATURE/RAINFALL OUTLOOKS)...
HTTP://DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/MONITOR.HTML

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR (INCLUDES ONLY TEXAS)...
HTTP://DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM_STATE.HTM?TX,S

U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL...
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV

TEXAS DROUGHT MONITORING SITE...
HTTP://WWW.TXWIN.NET/MONITORING/METEOROLOGICAL/DROUGHT/INDICES.HTM

NOAA DROUGHT PAGE...
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV

DROUGHT IMPACT REPORTER...
HTTP://DROUGHTREPORTER.UNL.EDU/

TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD DROUGHT WEBSITE
HTTP://WWW.WATERDATAFORTEXAS.ORG/DROUGHT/

VEGETATION DROUGHT RESPONSE INDEX
HTTP://DROUGHT.UNL.EDU.VEGDRI/VEGDRI_MAIN.HTM?EV

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER...
HTTP://WWW.HPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

STANDARDIZED PRECIPITATION INDEX (SPI)...
HTTP://WWW.WRCC.DRI.EDU/SPI/SPI.HTML

AGNEWS: TEXAS A & M AGRICULTURAL PROGRAM (CROP AND WEATHER REPORT)...
HTTP://TODAY.AGRILIFE.ORG

TEXAS INTERAGENCY COORDINATION CENTER (TICC)...
HTTP://WWW.TAMU.EDU/TICC/

TEXAS BURN BANS...HTTP://TFSFRP.TAMU.EDU/WILDFIRES/DECBAN.PNG

TEXAS KBDI...HTTP://WEBGIS.TAMU.EDU/TFS/KBDI_DAILY/KBDICOUNTY.PNG

TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (WATER RESTRICTIONS):
WWW.TCEQ.TEXAS.GOV/DRINKINATER/TROT/LOCATION.HTML

CORPUS CHRISTI WATER DEPARTMENT...
WWW.CCTEXAS.COM/GOVERNMENT/WATER

CORPUS CHRISTI WATER CONSERVATION
WWW.CCTEXAS.COM/ASSETS/DEPARTMENTS/WATER/FILES/WATERCONSERVATIONPLAN.PDF

VICTORIA WATER CONSERVATION:
WWW.VICTORIATX.ORG/PIO/PDFS/WATERSAVINGMETHODS.PDF

LAREDO WATER RESTRICTIONS AND CONSERVATION...
WWW.CI.LAREDO.TX.US/UTILITIES05/ORDINANCE/2009_ORDINANCE.PDF

CITY OF VICTORIA WEB SITE...WWW.VICTORIATX.ORG

CITY OF LAREDO WEB SITE...WWW.CI.LAREDO.TX.US

CITY OF PORTLAND WEB SITE...WWW.PORTLANDTX.COM

ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...
NWS...HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/
USGS...HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV/
IBWC...HTTP://IBWC.STATE.GOV/

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...THE USDA...STATE
AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE NATIONAL DROUGHT
MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED
FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...STATE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
SERVICES...THE USDA...USACE AND USGS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION
STATEMENT...PLEASE CONTACT...
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
426 PINSON DRIVE
CORPUS CHRISTI TX 78406
PHONE: 361-289-0959 SR-
CRP.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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GW




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