Issued by NWS West Gulf RFC
AGUS74 KFWR 291535
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...WEST GULF RFC...FORT WORTH TX
1034 AM CDT MON AUG 29 2016
VALID AUGUST 29 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3
...PRECIPITATION CONTINUES ALONG THE SOUTHEAST TEXAS COAST...
Showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue over the
upper Texas coast and coastal bend the next several days,
as an area of low pressure moves along the southeast Texas
coast. Heavy rains have been focused along the immediate
shoreline and over the coastal waters the last day or so,
therefore this activity has not caused any significant issues
at this time. As this feature continues to drift along the coast,
precipitation will continue to increase in coverage across the
entire coast. Rainfall amounts of 3-5 inches (isolated amounts up
to 7 inches) are possible along the coastal areas of Texas and
Louisiana, mainly today through Wednesday. No significant
flooding is expected at this time.
Rain chances will remain in the forecast for the entire WGRFC
region through mid-week, as an upper level system moves towards
the area early this week. In addition, a ridge of high pressure
is forecast to build back westward once again and deliver mostly
dry conditions to most of Texas.
The tropical wave that was moving over the Florida Straits
yesterday, has strengthened and now is classified as Tropical
Depression #9. Some additional strengthening is possible as it
continues to move over the Gulf of Mexico the next few days
and eventually towards the Florida coast the end of this week.
At this time, this system has a low chance of impacting
any portion of Texas, however a lot could change in the coming
days. Therefore, we will continue to monitor the forecast models
over the weekend and update accordingly.
For Today into Tuesday morning, Mean Areal Precipitation (MAP)
amounts of up to 1.00 inch are forecast for portions of southeast
Texas. Lesser amounts are forecast for West Texas and New Mexico.
For Tuesday into Wednesday morning, MAP amounts of up to 1.00 inch
are forecast for coastal bend of Texas, New Mexico and West Texas.
For Wednesday into Thursday morning, MAP amounts of 0.25 to 0.50
inch are forecast for portions of West Texas and New Mexico.
For Thursday into Saturday morning, MAP amounts of 0.25 to 0.50
inch are forecast for New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle.
After the widespread rain the past seven days over parts of New
Mexico and Texas, drought conditions have eased somewhat. The U.S.
Drought Monitor has categorized Texas as 29% abnormally dry, with
less than 1% in severe drought. Over New Mexico, 88% of the state is
abnormally dry, and 24% remains in the moderate drought category.
The showers and thunderstorms forecast this week will keep more
serious drought conditions from developing over the WGRFC region,
while many sections continue drought-free. Since topsoil has become
moister, some runoff is possible where the heaviest rain is
forecast. However, as the weather dries out some this week most of
the runoff will be insignificant across the majority of the WGRFC
Lower end of the Guadalupe River continues to move flood waters
to the Gulf. The last point along the river with a forecast is at
Bloomington (DUPT2) which will drop below flood stage today and
...Higher Flow Non-Flood Forecasts...
Runoff from rain that fell last week continues to flow down the
mainstem of the Nueces River. No flooding is expected at this time,
but higher than normal flow will continue through the area over the
next few days.
...Remainder of WGRFC Basins...
All other rivers are recovering from the last rain event and
many locations are still well above normal flow for this time of
year. With additional rainfall expected over the next few days,
new minor rises are expected in many of our river systems,
especially the Big Bend region of the Rio Grande.
...SUPPLEMENTARY GRAPHICAL INFORMATION...
The following URLs (all lower case) provide additional graphical
information on current and forecast hydrologic conditions, past and
future precipitation, and drought and climate forecasts. This
information is provided by a variety of National Weather Service,
NOAA, and private sector entities.
For specific information on river conditions, refer to the AHPS
pages from the local NWS offices at:
The Flood Potential Outlook can be viewed on our webpage at:
The West Gulf River Forecast Center is now on Facebook:
National Precipitation Analysis:
The forecast rainfall amounts (QPF) can be viewed on our webpage at:
The US Drought Assessment:
The latest on Reservoir Information for Texas: