Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Brownsville, TX

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BROWNSVILLE TX
800 AM WED MAY 21 2014

...BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL RESULTS IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS WORSENING
OVER PORTIONS OF DEEP SOUTH TEXAS...

SYNOPSIS...
A LATE SEASON COLD FRONT PROVIDED SOME RAIN SHOWERS AND NEAR NORMAL
TEMPERATURES ACROSS DEEP SOUTH TEXAS. LIMITED MOISTURE WITH THE COLD
FRONT KEPT RAINFALL VALUES SIGNIFICANTLY LOW. FORTUNATELY...NORMAL
PRECIPITATION TOTALS ARE RELATIVELY LOW FOR APRIL AND EARLY MAY SO
DEPARTURES WERE BELOW NORMAL ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA. RAINFALL
AMOUNTS RANGED FROM A QUARTER OF AN INCH TO A TRACE IN WESTERN
LOCATIONS. HIGHEST AMOUNTS WERE CONCENTRATED ON CAMERON COUNTY.

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST UNITED STATES DROUGHT MONITOR...LACK OF RAIN
DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL AND WARM TEMPERATURES BROUGHT BACK SEVERE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS OVER PORTIONS OF DEEP SOUTH TEXAS. ABNORMALLY DRY
CONDITIONS (D0) EXPANDED ACROSS MOST OF THE REGION WITH (D1)
EXTENDING FROM STARR...HIDALGO NORTHEASTWARD INTO MOST OF KENEDY
COUNTY. (D2)SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS RETURN TO THE CENTRAL PORTION OF
THE FORECAST AREA COVERING THE NORTHERN SECTION OF STARR...HIDALGO
AND SOUTHERN JIM HOGG AND BROOKS COUNTIES. DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS
DEEP SOUTH TEXAS CONTINUE TO AFFECT AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS...PUBLIC
AND PRIVATE ENTITIES...ECOLOGY AND HYDROLOGY.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS.
ACCORDING TO THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND TEXAS
AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE AGENTS...SOIL MOISTURE RANGED FROM SHORT
TO 70 PERCENT ADEQUATE. RANGELAND AND PASTURE WERE IN FAIR
CONDITION. SUPPLEMENTAL FEEDING OF LIVESTOCK CEASED DUE TO GOOD
GRAZING. IRRIGATION WAS ONGOING ON CORN AND SORGHUM. COTTON AND
VEGETABLE CROPS WERE PROGRESSING WELL. IN STARR COUNTY...ONION
HARVESTING CONTINUED AS WELL AS HAY BALING AND BUFFEL GRASS SEED
HARVESTING. IN WILLACY COUNTY...THE MAJORITY OF THE SOUTHERN CROPS
HAD HEADED AND BEGAN CHANGING COLOR.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS.
ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS INTER-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER...THE RISK
OF FIRE GROWTH AND SPREAD IS NORMAL OVER CAMERON AND WILLACY
COUNTIES AND MODERATE WESTWARD AND OVER THE NORTHERN RANCHLANDS. THE
EXPECTED DRYNESS OF VEGETATION OVER EARLY SPRING COULD LEAD TO AN
INCREASE IN FIRE DANGER OVER THE AREA. RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO TAKE
EXTRA PRECAUTIONS WHEN CONDUCTING ANY OUTSIDE BURNING...AND SHOULD
CONTACT COUNTY OFFICIALS FOR ANY SCHEDULED BURNING. RESIDENTS ARE
ALSO REMINDED THAT FIRE DANGER CAN CHANGE QUICKLY FROM ONE DAY TO
ANOTHER AS WINDS AND RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES VARY.


WATER RESTRICTIONS.
NO CHANGE HAS OCCURRED IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS REGARDING THE STATUS
OR NUMBER OF CITIES OR ENTITIES IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY. THERE ARE
CURRENTLY 39 CITIES OR WATER SUPPLY ENTITIES THAT CONTINUE VOLUNTARY
OR MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS. ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS COMMISSION
OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (TCEQ)...THERE ARE CURRENTLY 12 PUBLIC
WATER SUPPLY ENTITIES IN CAMERON COUNTY...15 IN HIDALGO COUNTY...7
IN STARR COUNTY...4 IN ZAPATA COUNTY AND 1 IN WILLACY COUNTY WITH
WATER RESTRICTIONS. CURRENTLY...SEVERE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE FOR
CITY OF ELSA IN HIDALGO COUNTY AND CITY OF RAYMONDVILLE. THESE TWO
ENTITIES COULD BE OUT OF WATER IN 45 DAYS OR LESS.


CLIMATE...

RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL AT BROWNSVILLE WAS 0.28 INCHES OR
1.26 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL  AT VALLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN
HARLINGEN WAS 0.17 INCHES OR 1.50 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL AT MCALLEN MILLER INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT WAS 0.03 INCHES OR 1.31 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL AT THE CAMERON COUNTY
AIRPORT/BAYVIEW WAS 0.08 INCHES OR 1.43 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
METEOROLOGICAL OUTLOOK...MAY 20 THROUGH MAY 30...UPPER LEVEL TROUGH
WILL MOVE INTO THE DESERT SOUTHWEST AND REMAIN STAGNANT WITH HIGH
PRESSURE IN CONTROL OF THE TEXAS REGION. THIS WILL LIMIT ANY RAINFALL
ACROSS THE AREA FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. THE LOW PRESSURE BEGINS TO
LIFT NORTHEAST INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS BY THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY
HELPING TO PUSH THE UPPER RIDGE EASTWARD BY THE WEEKEND. THIS WILL
OPEN THE DOORS FOR DEEPER GULF MOISTURE TO SURGE NORTHWARD ALLOWING
FOR A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS TO DEVELOP. AT THIS TIME...ACCUMULATIONS
WILL RANGED FROM A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH CLOSE TO THE COAST AND
A QUARTER OF A INCH POSSIBLE WITH MORE DEVELOP THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS
THE WESTERN COUNTIES. TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN NEAR NORMAL FOR MAY
BUT WILL TREND A FEW DEGREE OR TWO WARMER EACH DAY.

THE LONG RANGE CLIMATE OUTLOOK FOR DEEP SOUTH TEXAS JUNE THROUGH
AUGUST 2014...DERIVED FROM GUIDANCE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE AND THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...INDICATES THAT GENERALLY
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES WILL BE EXPECTED FOR DEEP SOUTH TEXAS
THROUGH THE SUMMER 2014 AND BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL AS WELL. AT THIS
TIME...THE POTENTIAL FOR SUBSTANTIAL WIDESPREAD DROUGHT WILL
PERSISTS OR INTENSIFY OVER CENTRAL PORTION OF DEEP SOUTH TEXAS WITH
DROUGHT DEVELOPMENT LIKELY ACROSS DEEP SOUTH TEXAS.


HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD (TWDB) CURRENT TEXAS
WATER SHARE AT AMISTAD DECREASED TO 44 PERCENT OF NORMAL
CONSERVATION COMPARED TO LAST MONTH WHICH WAS 45 PERCENT. TEXAS
WATER SHARE AT FALCON LAKE DECREASED TO 31 PERCENT OF NORMAL
CONSERVATION LEVEL COMPARED TO LAST MONTH OF 39 PERCENT.  FALCON AND
AMISTAD RESERVOIR PROVIDE MUCH OF THE WATER FOR THE RIO GRANDE
VALLEY. RESIDENTS...INCLUDING GROWERS AND RANCHERS OF THE LOWER RIO
GRANDE VALLEY ARE URGED TO CONTINUE TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS TO
CONSERVE WATER.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THE NEXT COMPLETE UPDATE FOR THIS PRODUCT WILL ISSUED AROUND
TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014.

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RELATED WEB SITES...

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...AND THE LATEST WEATHER FORECAST FOR
DEEP SOUTH TEXAS...VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RGV. YOU
MAY ALSO VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLIMATE PREDICTION
CENTER WEBSITE AT WWW.CPC.NOAA.GOV AND GET THE LATEST INFORMATION ON
RESERVOIR LEVELS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER
COMMISSION AT WWW.IBWC.GOV.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING NOAA`S
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...THE USDA...STATE
AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE DISTRICT AGENTS, TEXAS INTER-AGENCY
COORDINATION CENTER, TEXAS FOREST SERVICE, STATE AND FEDERAL
WILDLIFE DEPARTMENTS, TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
(TCEQ), TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD (TWDB) AND IBWC.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION
STATEMENT...PLEASE CONTACT...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
20 SOUTH VERMILLION ROAD
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS 78521
PHONE: 956-504-1432
EMAIL: SR-BRO.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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