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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX
336 PM CDT FRI OCT 10 2014

...MODERATE IMPROVEMENTS IN DROUGHT STATUS ACROSS SOUTH TEXAS...

.SYNOPSIS...FOR SEPTEMBER...WEATHER INGREDIENTS LINED UP TO BRING
MUCH NEEDED RAIN FOR THE HSA (HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA) WHICH HAS
IMPROVED THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTH TEXAS. DEEP
TROPICAL MOISTURE MOVED INTO THE REGION AS A TROPICAL WAVE MOVED
THROUGH THE WESTERN GULF EARLIER IN THE WEEK OF THE 7TH. SCATTERED
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED ACROSS THE AREA ON THE 12TH OF
SEPTEMBER AS A COLD FRONT MOVED INTO THE REGION. ADDITIONAL FOCUS IN
THE FORM OF A COASTAL TROUGH ALONG THE SOUTHERN TEXAS COAST
CONTINUED ISOLATED TO SCATTERED RAIN FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. THIS
LEAD TO HEAVY RAIN FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTH TEXAS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS
THE COASTAL BEND. THE UPPER RIDGE AND SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE BUILT IN
TOWARD THE 20TH WITH CHANCES GRADUALLY DIMINISHING.

DESPITE THE HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT...ISOLATED TO SCATTERED RAIN
CONTINUED ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTH TEXAS THE 20TH THROUGH THE 23RD.
THE 24TH AND 25TH SAW VERY LITTLE RAIN. THE 27TH AND 28TH OF
SEPTEMBER SAW ABUNDANT RAINFALL ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE SOUTHERN
COASTAL BEND AND RIO GRANDE PLAINS AS A DISTURBANCE TRACKED ACROSS
THE REGION...THEN AS THE DISTURBANCE EXITED THE REGION...RAINFALL
AMOUNTS DIMINISHED ON THE 29TH AND 30TH.

FOR THE BEGINNING OF OCTOBER...ISOLATED CONVECTION WAS OBSERVED
MAINLY FOR THE EASTERN HSA WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SCATTERED
CONVECTION DUE TO THE PASSAGE OF A COLD FRONT DURING THE MORNING
HOURS OF THE 3RD OF OCTOBER.

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR PRODUCT...VALID AS OF 8 AM EDT
OCTOBER 7 2014...SHOWS THE FOLLOWING DROUGHT CONDITIONS OVER SOUTH
TEXAS (D4 = EXCEPTIONAL; D3 = EXTREME; D2 = SEVERE; D1 = MODERATE;
D0 = ABNORMALLY DRY). THESE COUNTIES HAVE THE FOLLOWING DROUGHT
CONDITIONS:

ARANSAS COUNTY: ALL OF THE COUNTY IS IN D1 STATUS...INCLUDING THE
CITY OF ROCKPORT.

BEE COUNTY: THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTY IS IN D1
STATUS...INCLUDING THE CITIES OF BEEVILLE AND SKIDMORE. THE
WESTERN HALF IS IN D0.

CALHOUN COUNTY: ALMOST ALL OF THE COUNTY IS IN D1 STATUS EXCEPT
FOR RURAL LOCATIONS NORTH OF PORT LAVACA AIRPORT. THE COMMUNITIES
OF PORT LAVACA...PORT LAVACA...SEA DRIFT AND PORT O`CONNOR ARE IN
D1 STATUS.

DUVAL COUNTY: ALL OF THE COUNTY IS DROUGHT-FREE...WHICH INCLUDES
THE COMMUNITY OF FREER AND SAN DIEGO.

GOLIAD COUNTY: D2 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE EXTREME NORTHEASTERN
ONE QUARTER OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDES THE COMMUNITIES OF
FANNIN...SCHROEDER...WESER AND SCURLOCK. D1 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER
THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF
WEESATCHE...GOLIAD AND CHARCO.

JIM WELLS COUNTY: A MAJORITY OF THE COUNTY IS DROUGHT-FREE...AND
INCLUDES THE CITIES OF PREMONT...ALICE AND ORANGE GROVE. THE
EXTREME NORTHEASTERN PORTION OF JIM WELLS COUNTY IS IN D0 STATUS.
THAT INCLUDES RURAL AREAS EAST OF THE COMMUNITY OF SANDIA.

KLEBERG COUNTY: A MAJORITY OF THE COUNTY IS DROUGHT-FREE...INCLUDING
THE CITIES OF KINGSVILLE...RICARDO...RIVIERA AND SOUTH BIRD
ISLAND. D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE EXTREME NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS
OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDES RURAL LOCATIONS NORTH OF SOUTH BIRD
ISLAND.

LA SALLE COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE EXTREME
NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY (RURAL AREAS). D0 CONDITIONS
EXIST OVER MUCH OF THE NORTHERN TWO THIRDS OF THE COUNTY AND
INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF COTULLA AND FOWLERTON. THE SOUTHWESTERN
ONE THIRD OF THE COUNTY IS DROUGHT-FREE...AND INCLUDES THE
COMMUNITIES OF ENCINAL AND ARTESIA WELLS.

LIVE OAK COUNTY: D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER EASTERN PORTIONS AND
THE NORTHERN TWO THIRDS OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDES THE
COMMUNITIES OF COMELIA...THREE RIVERS AND GEORGE WEST. THE
REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY IS DROUGHT-FREE...INCLUDING THE
COMMUNITIES OF CLEGG...ANNA ROSE...SANDIA...LAGARTO AND MIKESKA.

MCMULLEN COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE EXTREME NORTHERN
PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY (RURAL AREAS)...A COUPLE OF MILES NORTH OF
CALLIHAM. D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER MUCH OF THE NORTHERN TWO THIRDS
OF THE COUNTY...INCLUDING THE COMMUNITIES OF CROSS AND TILDEN. THE
SOUTHEASTERN ONE THIRD OF THE COUNTY IS DROUGHT-FREE...AND
INCLUDES THE COMMUNITY OF LOMA ALTA.

NUECES COUNTY: D0 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER THE NORTH AND
EASTERN THREE QUARTERS OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE CITY OF CORPUS
CHRISTI AS WELL AS ROBSTOWN...BANQUETE...FLOUR BLUFF AND CHAPMAN
RANCH. THE SOUTHWESTERN ONE QUARTER OF THE COUNTY IS DROUGHT-FREE
AND INCLUDES THE COMMUNITIES OF AGUA DULCE AND BISHOP.

REFUGIO COUNTY: ALL OF THE COUNTY IS IN D1 STATUS AND INCLUDES THE
COMMUNITIES OF REFUGIO...TIVOLI AND WOODSBORO.

SAN PATRICIO COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE EASTERN TWO
THIRDS OF THE COUNTY AND INCLUDES THE COMMUNITIES OF
SINTON...TAFT...GREGORY...PORTLAND AND INGLESIDE. THE WESTERN ONE
THIRD OF THE COUNTY IS IN D0 STATUS INCLUDING MATHIS.

VICTORIA COUNTY: D2 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER A MAJORITY OF THE
NORTHERN THREE QUARTERS OF THE COUNTY AND INCLUDS THE CITY OF VICTORIA
AND THE COMMUNITIES OF PLACEDO...MISSION VALLEY AND INEZ. THE
SOUTHERN ONE QUARTER OF THE COUNTY IS IN D1 STATUS AND INCLUDES
MCFADDIN.

WEBB COUNTY: ALL OF THE COUNTY IS DROUGHT-FREE INCLUDING THE CITY
OF LAREDO AND THE COMMUNITIES OF LAS TIENDAS...CALLAGHAN...RIO
BRAVO...MIRANDO CITY...AGUILARES AND BRUNI.

SEE THE DROUGHT MONITOR PRODUCT (LINK PROVIDED BELOW) FOR A
GRAPHICAL VIEW OF THE DROUGHT AREAS.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS.
ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS FOREST SERVICE BURN BAN MAP OF OCTOBER
3RD...VICTORIA AND CALHOUN COUNTIES HAVE DROPPED THEIR BURN BAND.
GOLIAD AND BEE COUNTIES CONTINUE TO HAVE BURN BANS...WHILE THE
REMAINDER OF THE COUNTIES DO NOT HAVE BURN BANS. STILL...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.

WITH THE COMBINED SYSTEM CAPACITY OF THE CORPUS CHRISTI RESERVOIRS
BELOW 40 PERCENT...THE CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI IS UNDER STAGE 2
WATER RESTRICTIONS. THESE RESTRICTIONS INCLUDE...

* ONE WATERING DAY PER WEEK COINCIDING WITH THE CUSTOMER`S GARBAGE
  PICK UP DAY. RESTRICTIONS FOR CORPUS CHRISTI RESIDENTS
  INCLUDE...

  - WATERING OF LANDSCAPES BY SPRINKLER IRRIGATION IS NOT ALLOWED
    BETWEEN 10 AM AND 6 PM. USE OF HAND-HELD BUCKET OR HOSE...OR
    DRIP IRRIGATION SYSTEM WITH SHUTOFF NOZZLES PERMITTED ANY TIME
    ON ANY DAY.

  - HOME CAR WASHINGS ARE TO BE DONE ONLY BY USE OF HAND-HELD
    BUCKET OR HOSE EQUIPPED WITH SHUTOFF NOZZLE. USE OF COMMERCIAL
    CAR WASHES STILL ALLOWED ANY TIME.

  - FILLING POOLS LIMITED TO DESIGNATED WATERING DAY.

  - MAINTAINING INTEGRITY OF BUILDING FOUNDATION BY USE OF DRIP
    IRRIGATION OR HAND HELD HOSE ONLY.

  - USE OF POTABLE WATER FOR IRRIGATION OF GOLF COURSES IS LIMITED
    TO DESIGNATED WATERING DAY.

RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES NOT COMPLYING WITH THESE RESTRICTIONS
WILL RECEIVE A FINE UP TO 500 DOLLARS. MORE INFORMATION
CONCERNING WATER RESTRICTIONS (INCLUDING REQUESTS FOR EXEMPTIONS
AND VARIANCES) CAN BE FOUND AT: WWW.CCTEXAS.COM/GOVERNMENT/WATER.

SIMILAR WATER RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN INSTITUTED FOR THE CITY OF
PORTLAND THAT ARE IN EFFECT FOR CORPUS CHRISTI.

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 CONTINUES STAGE III WATER RESTRICTIONS.

UNDER STAGE III WATER RESTRICTIONS...

- DESIGNATED WATERING DAYS: SUNDAY AND THURSDAY FOR EVEN NUMBERED
  ADDRESSES. SATURDAY AND WEDNESDAY FOR ODD NUMBERED ADDRESSES.

- IRRIGATION OF LANDSCAPED AREAS...INCLUDING GOLF COURSE
  GREENS...BY HOSE-END SPRINKLERS OR AUTOMATIC IRRIGATION CAN
  ONLY BE IRRIGATED ON DESIGNATED WATER DAYS BETWEEN THE HOURS
  OF 6 AM AND 10 AM...AND BETWEEN 8 PM AND MIDNIGHT.

- IRRIGATION BY HAND-HELD HOSE WITH SHUT-OFF NOZZLE...HAND-HELD
  BUCKET...5 GALLON WATERING CAN OR DRIP IRRIGATION CAN BE USED
  ANYTIME.

- RESIDENTS WISHING TO FILL...REFILL...OR ADD WATER TO ANY
  SWIMMING POOLS...WADING POOLS...OR JACUZZI-TYPE POOLS MAY
  DO SO ONLY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6 AM AND 10 AM...AND BETWEEN
  8 PM AND MIDNIGHT.

- WASH MOTOR VEHICLES...MOTORBIKES...BOATS...TRAILERS...AIRPLANES
  OR OTHER VEHICLES EITHER BETWEEN 6 AM TO 10 AM...AND BETWEEN 6
  PM TO 10 PM. WASHING VEHICLES AT A COMMERCIAL CAR WASH OR
  SERVICE STATION CAN BE DONE AT ANY TIME.

- FOUNTAINS OR POOLS FOR AESTHETIC OR SCENIC PURPOSES MAY NOT BE
  OPERATED UNLESS IT IS NECESSARY TO SUPPORT AQUATIC LIFE...OR ARE
  EQUIPPED WITH A RECIRCULATION SYSTEM.

- RESTAURANTS MAY ONLY SERVE WATER WHEN REQUESTED.

THE CITY OF LAREDO IS UNDER STAGE 1 WATER RESTRICTIONS. THESE
WATER RESTRICTIONS STILL ALLOW RESIDENTS TO WATER THEIR LANDSCAPES
AT ANY TIME...BUT RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO VOLUNTARILY CONSERVE
WATER.

AS ALWAYS...

- DO NOT ALLOW WATER TO RUN OFF INTO THE STREETS OR STORM DRAINS.

- WATER IS NOT ALLOWED TO CONSTANTLY FLOW THROUGH THE TAP OR VALVE.
  ALL LEAKS MUST BE REPAIRED.

THE COMMUNITY OF ROBSTOWN IS UNDER STAGE III WATER RESTRICTIONS.

UNDER STAGE III RESTRICTIONS...

- WATER DAY LIMITED TO ONCE A MONTH.

- ONLY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 12 MIDNIGHT TO 10 AM...AND THEN 8 PM
  TO 12 MIDNIGHT ON DESIGNATED WATERING DAY...
  - IRRIGATION OF LANDSCAPES BY MEANS OF HOSE-END SPRINKLERS
    OR AUTOMATIC IRRIGATION IS ALLOWED.
  - FILLING SWIMMING POOLS OR JACUZZI-TYPE POOLS IS ALLOWED.
  - IRRIGATION OF GOLF COURSES AND FAIRWAYS IS ALLOWED...UNLESS
    THE GOLF COURSE UTILIZES A DIFFERENT WATER SOURCE THAN THAT
    PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT...THEN THE FACILITY IS NOT SUBJECT
    TO THE REGULATIONS.
  - WASHING MOTORIZED VEHICLES WITH BUCKET OR HAND-HELD HOSE WITH
    SHUT-OFF NOZZLE IS ALLOWED. WASHING VEHICLES AT A COMMERCIAL
    CAR WASH OR STATION CAN BE DONE AT ANY TIME.

- IRRIGATION OF LANDSCAPES BY MEANS OF HAND-HELD HOSE...5 GALLON
  BUCKET...OR DRIP IRRIGATION ALLOWED ANYTIME.

- RESTAURANTS MAY ONLY SERVE WATER WHEN REQUESTED.

- FOUNTAINS OR POOLS FOR AESTHETIC OR SCENIC PURPOSES MAY NOT BE
  OPERATED UNLESS IT IS NECESSARY TO SUPPORT AQUATIC LIFE...OR ARE
  EQUIPPED WITH A RECIRCULATION SYSTEM.

OTHER RESIDENTS IN SOUTH TEXAS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO
CONTINUE TO CONSERVE WATER. WHEN ADEQUATE RAINFALL IS
RECEIVED...WATERING SHOULD BE OMITTED UNTIL WATERING BECOMES
NECESSARY (AND WHEN RESTRICTIONS ALLOW YOU TO WATER). RESIDENTS
WITH SPRINKLER SYSTEMS SHOULD MONITOR THEIR WATERING TO ENSURE
THEIR SYSTEM IS WATERING THE LAWN AND NOT THE SIDEWALK OR STREET.
ALSO...USE A SPRINKLER WHICH MAKES LARGER WATER DROPLETS...AND
AVOID WATERING ON WINDY DAYS. FINALLY...TURN SOAKER HOSES SO THAT
THE HOLES ARE ON THE BOTTOM...FACING THE GRASS.

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
OCTOBER 1 2014) WHICH HAVE WATER RESTRICTIONS:

REMOVED RESTRICTIONS: NONE REMOVED.

NEW/AMENDED RESTRICTIONS:
NONE.

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)...CALHOUN
COUNTY RURAL WATER SYSTEM (VOLUNTARY)

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)...CITY OF THREE RIVERS (STAGE 1).

NUECES COUNTY: CITY OF BISHOP (STAGE 1)...NUECES COUNTY WCID 3
(STAGE 1)...NUECES COUNTY WCID 4 (STAGE 1)..CORPUS CHRISTI NAS
(STAGE 1)...GOLDEN ACRES WATER CO (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 (STAGE 1).

VICTORIA COUNTY: VICTORIA COUNTY WCID 1 (STAGE 1)

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

AGRICULTURAL AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS.

WITH THE RECENT RAINFALL...MODERATE IMPROVEMENT HAS BEEN NOTICED
ACROSS THE HSA. THE RECENT SOIL MOISTURE ANOMALY MAP FROM THE
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (VALID ON OCTOBER 3) SHOWS ANOMALIES FOR
THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER OF -40 MM TO -60 MM ACROSS THE NORTHERN
HALF OF THE HSA...AND ANOMALIES OF -20 MM TO -40 MM ACROSS THE
SOUTHERN HALF OF THE HSA. SOIL MOISTURE PERCENTILES HAVE IMPROVED
OVER THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER...WITH PERCENTILES BETWEEN 20 AND 30
PERCENT ACROSS THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE HSA AND 30 AND 70 PERCENT
ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF. CROP MOISTURE INDICES (VALID ON
OCTOBER 4) SHOW IMPROVEMENT ACROSS ALL OF THE HSA WITH SLIGHTLY
DRY TO FAVORABLY MOIST CONDITIONS (-0.9 TO +0.9).

ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE...RAINS OVER
THE PAST WEEKS HAS BEEN BENEFICIAL TO LOCATIONS OF TEXAS GENERALLY
EAST OF U.S. INTERSTATE 35 TO SAN ANTONIO AND THEN NORTHEAST OF
INTERSTATE 37 TO CORPUS CHRISTI. "...A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THAT REGION
HAVE SOME FULL HAY BARNS AND ARE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE," REPORTED BY
DR. LARRY REDMON, STATE FORAGE SPECIALIST. ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY
BUDGETS OF AGRILIFE EXTENSION ECONOMIST OF CORPUS CHRISTI DR. LEVI
RUSSELL, THERE MAY BE POSSIBLE BREAKEVEN COSTS FOR SOME ON BERMUDA
GRASS HAY BIG ROUND BALES FROM $44 TO NEAR $60.

THE TEXAS CROP AND WEATHER REPORTS FOR SEPTEMBER 23...SEPTEMBER
30... AND OCTOBER 4 CONTAINED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

FOR THE COASTAL BEND DISTRICT:

* CATTLE PRICES REMAIN HIGH WITH CATTLE INVENTORY AT ALL-TIME
  LOWS.

* SOME PRODUCERS ARE SPRAYING FOR FALL ARMYWORMS.

* RECENT RAINS BENEFITED SOIL MOISTURE WITH PASTURE IMPROVEMENTS

* SOUTH TEXAS COTTON GROWERS HAD TO HOLD OFF ON COTTON HARVESTING
  IN SEPTEMBER DUE TO TOO MUCH MOISTURE ...BUT AS OF EARLY
  OCTOBER HAVE FINISHED MUCH OF THE HARVESTING.

* CROP PRODUCERS CONTINUE FALL PLANTING FOR WHEAT AND WINTER
  GRAZING

* CATTLE IN GOOD SHAPE

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

* CATTLE CONDITIONS ARE FAIR IN MCMULLEN COUNTY.

* RECENT RAINS AND COOLER TEMPERATURES ENCOURAGED FORAGE
  GROWTH...HOWEVER MORE RAIN IS NEEDED TO COMPLETELY RECOVER FROM
  THE DROUGHT

* SOIL CONDITIONS RANGE FROM 60 PERCENT SHORT TO 100 PERCENT
  ADEQUATE WITH PASTURES IN FAIR CONDITION. HOWEVER PRODUCERS
  CONTINUE SUPPLEMENTAL FEEDING FOR CATTLE AND WILDLIFE.

* NEARLY 7 INCHES OF RAIN WAS REPORTED IN KLEBERG COUNTY...WITH
  1.25 INCHES TO 5 INCHES REPORTED IN MCMULLEN COUNTY.

* WEBB COUNTY RANCHERS BUYING HAY FOR WINTER STOCK

FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.
ACCORDING TO THE 5 DAY AVERAGE FIRE DANGER MAP FROM THE TEXAS
INTER-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER (TICC) ON OCTOBER 8...THERE IS A
MODERATE FIRE DANGER ACROSS THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE HSA
INCLUDING MOST OF LASALLE...WESTERN PORTIONS OF WEBB...AND
NORTHWESTERN MCMULLEN COUNTIES. THERE IS A LOW FIRE DANGER ACROSS
THE REMAINDER OF THE HSA.

MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL HAS ALLOW THE COUNTY AVERAGED KEETCH-BYRAM
DROUGHT INDICIES TO IMPROVE ACROSS ALL OF THE HSA WITH NO COUNTIES
ABOVE 500. AS OF OCTOBER 8...THE FOLLOWING KBDI AVERAGES WERE
OBSERVED:

  0 TO 200: CALHOUN...NUECES...KLEBERG AND DUVAL COUNTIES.

200 TO 300: ARANSAS...JIM WELLS...LIVE OAK...SAN PATRICIO AND WEBB
            COUNTIES.

300 TO 400: REFUGIO...MCMULLEN AND VICTORIA COUNTIES.

400 TO 500: BEE...GOLIAD AND LASALLE COUNTIES.

500 TO 600: NONE.

600 TO 700: NONE.

700 TO 800: NONE.

EXPECTED ADDITIONAL RAINFALL WITHIN THE WEEK MAY ALLOW ADDITIONAL
IMPROVEMENTS WITH KBDI VALUES.

RIVER AND HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS.
ACCORDING TO THE USGS STREAMFLOW MAP ON OCTOBER 4...RIVER
LEVELS ARE BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL ACROSS THE NORTHEAST
HSA...WITH NEAR NORMAL FLOWS ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF THE HSA.

NORMAL FLOWS WERE OBSERVED ON THE NUECES RIVER AT MATHIS
(WHERE WATER IS BEING RELEASED BY THE RESERVOIRS)...AT THREE
RIVERS AND AT TILDEN...AND ON THE OSO CREEK AT CORPUS CHRISTI AND
ON THE SAN FERNANDO CREEK AT ALICE. NEAR NORMAL FLOWS WERE
OBSERVED ON THE RIO GRANDE.

FOR THE MOST PART...RECENT FLOWS ON THE GUADALUPE RIVER AT
VICTORIA HAVE BEEN BETWEEN 4.3 FEET (159 CFS) AND 4.8 FEET (241 CFS).
THE RIVER HAS BEEN ABOVE 150 CFS SINCE SEPTEMBER 12. THE CITY OF
VICTORIA CAN OBTAIN ITS WATER FROM THE RIVER WHEN FLOWS ARE ABOVE
150 CFS (ABOUT 4.24 FEET).

WITH THE LIMITED AMOUNT OF THE RAIN FALLING IN THE WATERSHED...
RESERVOIR LEVELS CONTINUE A VERY SLOW FALL. AS OF OCTOBER 4...THE
LEVEL AT CHOKE CANYON DAM WAS AT 193.4 FEET (26.9 PERCENT
CAPACITY)...WITH LAKE CORPUS CHRISTI AT 86.7 FEET (52.9 PERCENT
CAPACITY). THE COMBINED SYSTEM CAPACITY FOR THE CORPUS CHRISTI
WATER SUPPLY WAS AT 33.9 PERCENT...WHICH IS 0.5 PERCENTAGE POINTS
LOWER THAN ON SEPTEMBER 11.

SINCE SEPTEMBER 11...LAKE TEXANA FELL 0.1 FEET TO 41.2 FEET (85.0
PERCENT CAPACITY).

SINCE SEPTEMBER 11...COLETO CREEK FELL 0.34 FEET...WITH THE
CURRENT LEVEL AT 94.16 FEET.

CANYON DAM FELL 0.18 FEET SINCE SEPTEMBER 11...WITH THE CURRENT
LEVEL AT 897.89 FEET (78 PERCENT CAPACITY).

FINALLY...THE LEVEL AT LAKE AMISTAD WAS 1117.00 FEET (45 PERCENT).
SINCE SEPTEMBER 11...THE LAKE HAS RISEN 41.05 FEET (DUE TO WATER
RECEIVED FROM MEXICO).

RESERVOIRS WILL CONTINUE A SLOW FALL UNLESS WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINFALL
IS OBSERVED ACROSS THE WATERSHED.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
ADDITIONAL RAIN CONTINUES TO AIDE WITH SOIL MOISTURE ACROSS THE
HSA. HOWEVER...A RAIN DEFICIT ALSO REMAINS THROUGH THE NORMAL
RAINY SEASON. MOST LOCATIONS ACROSS THE HSA RECEIVED 2 INCHES OF
RAIN OR GREATER DURING THE LATTER HALF OF SEPTEMBER. DURING THE
MONTH OF SEPTEMBER...NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE HSA RECEIVED 2 TO 4
INCHES OF RAIN. HIGHER AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 6 INCHES WERE RECEIVED
ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HSA AND ALONG PORTIONS OF THE COAST...WITH
POCKETS OF 10 TO 15 INCHES. IN THE AREAS WHERE RAINFALL WAS
LESS...LOCATIONS WERE 1 TO 2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL SEEING NEARLY
ONLY 75 PERCENT OR LESS OF NORMAL RAINFALL. ALONG THE COASTAL
BEND AND ACROSS THE SOUTHERN BRUSH COUNTRY...LOCATIONS RECEIVED 4
TO 8 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL WHICH IS NEARLY 300 TO 600 PERCENT OF
NORMAL RAINFALL. WITH MUCH OF THE RAIN FALLING OVER THE LARDEO AND
CORPUS CHRISTI SITES...THE RAIN DEFICITS HAVE IMPROVED...MORESO
FOR LAREDO...YET THERE CONTINUES TO REMAIN DEFICITS FOR ALL THREE
CLIMATE SITES.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE TOTAL MONTHLY RAINFALL AMOUNTS
THROUGH OCTOBER 9...IN 2014...AND THE FINAL TOTAL FOR THE 2014
WATER YEAR WHICH BEGAN OCTOBER 1 2013. ALL VALUES ARE IN
INCHES...RAINFALL DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL ARE SHOWN IN PARENTHESIS:

                                                  2014 WATER YEAR
                   OCTOBER 9            2014        10/01/2013 -
                                                    09/30/2014

CORPUS CHRISTI     0.09 (-0.99)    19.94 (-5.46)   25.98  (-5.78)

VICTORIA           0.97 (-0.31)    22.58 (-9.73)   27.30 (-13.92)

LAREDO AIRPORT        T (-0.74)    13.38 (-3.28)   18.79  (-1.41)

FOR THE THREE CLIMATE STATIONS...THE 2014 PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL
RAINFALL THROUGH SEPTEMBER ARE: 78.5 PERCENT AT CORPUS CHRISTI...
69.9 PERCENT AT VICTORIA...AND 80.3 PERCENT AT LAREDO.

THE 2014 WATER YEAR PERCENTAGES THROUGH OCTOBER 9 2014 ARE:
81.8 PERCENT AT CORPUS CHRISTI...66.2 PERCENT AT VICTORIA...AND
93.0 PERCENT AT LAREDO.

THE PERSISTENT RAIN PATTERN TOWARD THE END OF SEPTEMBER ALONG WITH
ADDITIONAL CLOUD COVERAGE AIDED IN COOL MONTHLY TEMPERATURES FOR
THE CLIMATE SITES. HOWEVER WITH PRECIPITATION WANING THROUGH THE
EARLY PART OF OCTOBER...AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES ARE ON A SLOW
INCLINE. AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER...TEMPERATURES WERE 0.6 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL AT CORPUS CHRISTI...2.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT
VICTORIA...AND -0.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AT LAREDO. THROUGH
OCTOBER 9...TEMPERATURES WERE 3.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT CORPUS
CHRISTI...4.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT VICTORIA...AND 4.2 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL AT LAREDO.

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) CONTINUES TO HAVE AN EL-NINO
WATCH IN EFFECT. PROBABILITIES FOR AN EL-NINO EVENT BY THE END OF
2014 REMAIN BETWEEN 60 TO 65 PERCENT.

ACCORDING TO CPC...ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS REMAIN WITH POSITIVE
SST ANOMALIES PERSISTING ACROSS MOST OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN. THERE
HAS BEEN LITTLE CHANGE EVIDENT ACROSS THE EQUATORIAL PACIFIC OCEAN
IN THE LAST FOUR WEEKS.

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 (AUGUST 2014 - SEPTEMBER 2014) IS 0.4 DEGREES CELSIUS
(WITHIN THE ENSO-NEUTRAL RANGE OF -0.5 DEGREES CELSIUS TO +0.5
DEGREES CELSIUS).

MOST MODELS ARE STILL PREDICTING A WEAK EL-NINO TO DEVELOP THROUGH
NOVEMBER AND TO MAINTAIN THESE CONDITIONS THROUGH THE NORTHERN
HEMISPHERIC WINTER INTO EARLY 2015. THE CHANCE FOR EL-NINO IS AT
60-65 PERCENT.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...
THE RAINFALL FORECAST FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS (OCTOBER 9 THROUGH
OCTOBER 16) IS AS FOLLOWS. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE
EXPECTED EACH DAY MAINLY ACROSS THE COASTAL PLAINS AND THE
NORTHERN COASTAL BEND. HOWEVER SLIGHTLY INCREASED CHANCES ARE
EXPECTED ON THE 11TH AS A WEAK FRONTAL BOUNDARY STALLS NORTH OF
THE HSA...ONCE AGAIN AFFECTING MAINLY THE COASTAL PLAINS AND THE
VICTORIA CROSSROADS. CHANCES INCREASE FURTHER ACROSS EASTER
PORTIONS OF THE HSA HEADING INTO NEXT WEEK ON THE 13TH AS A
STRONGER COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH SOUTH TEXAS. FURTHER WEST ONLY A
SLIGHT CHANCE IS EXPECTED ALONG THIS FRONT. UNTIL THE FRONT ON THE
13TH...WARM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE. HIGH PRESSURE
THEN WILL THEN BUILD IN FROM THE NORTH BEHIND THE FRONT LEADING TO
DRIER AND COOLER CONDITIONS THROUGH THE REST OF THE WEEK.

THE 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK...VALID FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 17 THROUGH
OCTOBER 23...CALLS FOR GREATER PROBABILITIES ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES...AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER ALL OF SOUTH
TEXAS.

THE OCTOBER 2014 RAINFALL OUTLOOK...ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 30...CALLS
FOR EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE/BELOW/NEAR NORMAL RAINFALL OVER THE
ENTIRE HSA.

THE OCTOBER 2014 TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 30...CALLS
FOR A GREATER CHANCE FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES OVER THE ENTIRE
HSA.

THE THREE MONTH RAINFALL OUTLOOK SHOWS SOME PROMISE FOR SOUTH TEXAS.
ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 18...THE RAINFALL OUTLOOK FOR THE PERIOD
OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER SHOWS A GREATER PROBABILITY FOR ABOVE
NORMAL RAINFALL OVER THE ENTIRE HSA.

THE THREE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER
THROUGH DECEMBER...ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 18...SHOWS EQUAL CHANCES
FOR ABOVE/BELOW/NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES OVER THE EASTERN TWO
THIRDS OF THE HSA AND A GREATER CHANCE FOR BELOW NORMAL
TEMPERATURES FOR THE WESTERN ONE THIRD OF THE HSA.

THE OCTOBER 2014 DROUGHT OUTLOOK...ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 30...CALLS
FOR LIKELY DROUGHT REMOVAL FOR THE NORTHEAST PORTIONS OF THE HSA
AND HAS NO MENTION OF DROUGHT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE HSA.

THE SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK FOR SEPTEMBER 18 THROUGH DECEMBER
31...ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 18...SHOWS DROUGHT REMOVAL LIKELY OVER THE
NORTHEAST PARTS OF THE HSA WITH NO MENTION OF DROUGHT FOR THE
REMAINDER OF THE HSA.

THE LAGGED SOIL MOISTURE OUTLOOK VALID THROUGH THE END OF
DECEMBER 2014 CALLS FOR NEAR NORMAL SOIL CONDITIONS OVER THE
ENTIRE HSA.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED NEAR THE
BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER 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

TEXAS CROP AND WEATHER REPORTS...WWW.TODAY.AGRILIFE.ORG

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

TE/CB

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