Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Brownsville, TX

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BROWNSVILLE TX
1200 AM FRI JUN 6 2014

...BENEFICIAL RAINS BRINGS IMPROVEMENTS TO DROUGHT CONDITIONS...

SYNOPSIS...
THE LATTER PART OF THE MONTH OF MAY WAS DOMINATED BY AN UPPER LEVEL
LOW THAT MOVED ACROSS THE ROCKIES...THEN THE CENTRAL PLAINS AND INTO
THE SOUTH DUMPING MUCH NEEDED RAIN ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH THE END
OF THE MONTH. RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS RANGED FROM 4.49 INCHES IN
FALFURRIAS TO 0.25 INCHES IN MCCOOK. ACCORDING TO THE LATEST UNITED
STATES DROUGHT MONITOR...ABUNDANT RAINFALL EASED DROUGHT CONDITIONS
ACROSS MUCH OF DEEP SOUTH TEXAS. MOST OF DEEP SOUTH TEXAS RETURN TO
NORMAL CONDITIONS WITH ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS (D0) STILL
REMAINING OVER WESTERN ZAPATA AND STARR COUNTIES EXTENDING EASTWARD
INTO PORTION OF KENEDY COUNTY. SMALL POCKET OF (D1) STILL EXISTS
OVER WESTERN HIDALGO AND EASTERN STARR COUNTY. NO (D2)SEVERE DROUGHT
CONDITIONS NOTED ACROSS SOUTH TEXAS IN THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR.
DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE TEMPORARILY IMPROVE BUT LACK OF RAIN ACROSS
DEEP SOUTH TEXAS IN JUNE MAY 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 60 TO
100 PERCENT ADEQUATE IN CAMERON...WILLACY AND BROOKS COUNTIES WHILE
50 TO 80 PERCENT SHORT WAS NOTED IN KENEDY...ZAPATA AND STARR. IN
ADDITION...HIDALGO COUNTY WAS 100 PERCENT SHORT. COTTON...CORN AND
SORGHUM WERE PROGRESSING WELL. IN HIDALGO COUNTY...CITRUS HARVESTING
WAS WINDING DOWN. CANTALOUPE AND HONEYDEW HARVESTING BEGAN IN STARR
COUNTY. RANGELAND AND PASTURE WERE IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION.
LIVESTOCK WERE IN GOOD CONDITIONS AS WELL.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS.
ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS INTER-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER...THE RISK
OF FIRE GROWTH AND SPREAD IS BELOW NORMAL ACROSS DEEP SOUTH TEXAS AS
LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE REGION ENHANCE SHOWERS AND ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING HEAVY DOWNPOURS AND STRONG WINDS. THE FUEL
DRYNESS MAP SHOWS NORMAL MOISTURE ACROSS THE AREA WITH A SMALL
POCKET OF ABOVE NORMAL MOISTURE OVER SOUTHERN ZAPATA AND WEST STARR
COUNTIES. RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO TAKE 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 32 CITIES OR WATER SUPPLY ENTITIES THAT CONTINUE VOLUNTARY
OR MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS. ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS COMMISSION
OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (TCEQ)...THERE ARE CURRENTLY 7 PUBLIC WATER
SUPPLY ENTITIES IN CAMERON COUNTY...12 IN HIDALGO COUNTY...6 IN
STARR COUNTY...4 IN ZAPATA COUNTY AND 2 IN WILLACY COUNTY WITH WATER
RESTRICTIONS. CURRENTLY...MILD RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE FOR CITY OF
ELSA IN HIDALGO COUNTY AND CITY OF RAYMONDVILLE AND CITY OF LYFORD
IN WILLACY COUNTY WITH STAGE OF PRIORITY AND CONCERN. THESE TWO
ENTITIES COULD BE OUT OF WATER IN 90 TO 180 DAYS OR LESS.


CLIMATE...

RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF MAY AT BROWNSVILLE WAS 2.83 INCHES OR 0.19
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF MAY AT VALLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN
HARLINGEN WAS 1.89 INCHES OR 0.60 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF MAY AT MCALLEN MILLER INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT WAS 0.80 INCHES OR 1.45 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF MAY AT THE CAMERON COUNTY AIRPORT/BAYVIEW
WAS 4.33 INCHES OR 2.11 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

METEOROLOGICAL OUTLOOK...JUNE 5 THROUGH JUNE 23...UPPER LEVEL HIGH
PRESSURE WILL DOMINATE MOST OF THE AREA PROVIDING DRY AND WARMER
TEMPERATURES ACROSS DEEP SOUTH TEXAS THROUGH MONDAY...JUNE 9. THIS
HIGH RETROGRADES SLIGHTLY WESTWARD INTO THE DESERT SOUTHWEST WHILE
AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH DIGS ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN
PLAINS OPENING THE DOOR FOR ISOLATED SHOWERS TUESDAY JUNE 10. THE
HIGH PRESSURE WILL BEGIN TO BUILD BY THURSDAY JUNE 12 AND WITH IT
DRY AIR MASS WILL SUPPRESS ANY RAINFALL POTENTIAL ACROSS THE LOWER
VALLEY WITH HOT TEMPERATURES. AT THIS TIME...RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS
WILL RANGED FROM A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH CLOSE TO THE COAST AND
A QUARTER OF A INCH POSSIBLE INLAND WITH ANY SHOWERS THAT DEVELOP
ACROSS THE AREA. THE TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL
FOR JUNE TRENDING A FEW DEGREES 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 DROUGHT
DEVELOPMENT IS LIKELY ACROSS THE AREA WITH POCKETS OVER CENTRAL
RANCHLAND WITH DROUGHT INTENSIFYING. IN THE NEXT THREE MONTHS...
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES WILL BE EXPECTED FOR DEEP SOUTH TEXAS WITH
BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL.


HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD (TWDB) CURRENT TEXAS
WATER SHARE AT AMISTAD INCREASE TO 49 PERCENT OF NORMAL CONSERVATION
COMPARED TO LAST MONTH WHICH WAS 46 PERCENT. THIS IS AN IMPROVEMENT
FROM LAST YEAR WHICH ONLY HAD 36 PERCENT OF NORMAL CONSERVATION. THE
TEXAS WATER SHARE AT FALCON LAKE DECREASED TO 29 PERCENT OF NORMAL
CONSERVATION LEVEL COMPARED TO LAST MONTH OF 32 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...
NO FURTHER STATEMENTS ARE PLANNED AT THIS TIME.

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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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