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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX
319 PM CDT THU JUL 31 2014

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX
318 PM CDT THU JUL 31 2014

...CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI NOW IN MODERATE DROUGHT STATUS...

...BENEFICIAL RAINFALL OVER WESTERN PORTIONS OF SOUTH TEXAS WHILE
MOST OF THE EASTERN HALF RECEIVES BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL AGAIN...

...POSSIBILITY OF A STRONG EL-NINO THIS YEAR NOT LIKELY BUT STILL
A LIKELIHOOD FOR A WEAK TO POSSIBLY MODERATE EL-NINO BY THE END OF
2014...

.SYNOPSIS...
DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS...RAINFALL HAS BEEN NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL
OVER MOST OF THE RIO GRANDE PLAINS AND PORTIONS OF THE BRUSH
COUNTRY. ON THE OTHER HAND...RAINFALL CONTINUES TO BE BELOW NORMAL
OVER MOST OF THE EASTERN HALF OF THE HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA. MOST
OF THE HEAVY RAINFALL WHICH OCCURRED OVER THE WESTERN HSA OCCURRED
WITH A MESO-SCALE CONVECTIVE SYSTEM (MCS)...WHICH FORMED ALONG A
FRONTAL BOUNDARY IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY...THEN MOVED SOUTH
DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF JULY 18. WHILE MUCH OF LA
SALLE...DUVAL AND WEBB COUNTIES (NOT INCLUDING LAREDO) SAW AT LEAST
1 INCH OF PRECIPITATION (AND MORE THAN 150 PERCENT OF NORMAL
RAINFALL)....MOST OF THE COASTAL COUNTIES ALONG WITH VICTORIA
COUNTY RECEIVED 1/4 INCH OR LESS OF PRECIPITATION (LESS THAN 75
PERCENT OF NORMAL...WITH MANY OF THE COASTAL AREAS RECEIVING LESS
THAN 25 PERCENT NORMAL RAINFALL). OTHERWISE...MOST OF THE RAINFALL
DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS WAS ISOLATED IN NATURE. SINCE MOST OF
THE HEAVY RAINFALL DID NOT OCCUR OVER THE EASTERN AREAS...SOME
AREAS (INCLUDING THE CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI) SAW A WORSENING OF
DROUGHT CONDITIONS OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS..

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR PRODUCT...VALID AS OF 7 AM EDT JULY 29
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 D0 STATUS...INCLUDING THE
CITY OF ROCKPORT.

BEE COUNTY: D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER ALL OF THE COUNTY...INCLUDING
THE CITIES OF BEEVILLE AND SKIDMORE.

CALHOUN COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE EASTERN QUARTER OF THE
COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF PORT O`CONNOR...PORT LAVACA
AND POINT COMFORT. THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY IS IN D0
STATUS...AND INCLUDES THE COMMUNITIES OF SEA DRIFT...MAGNOLIA
BEACH AND GREEN LAKE.

DUVAL COUNTY: D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER MOST OF THE NORTHEASTERN
THIRD OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES FREER...ROSITA
AND SAN DIEGO. THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY HAS NO DROUGHT
STATUS...AND INCLUDES THE COMMUNITIES OF BENAVIDES AND REALITOS.

GOLIAD COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE
COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF SCHROEDER...WEESATCHE AND
ANDER (JUST NORTH OF GOLIAD). THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY IS IN
D0 STATUS...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF GOLIAD...CHARCO AND
FANNIN.

JIM WELLS COUNTY: D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE NORTHERN HALF OF
THE COUNTY... AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF ALICE...ORANGE GROVE
AND MIDWAY. THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY IS DROUGHT-FREE...
INCLUDING BEN BOLT AND PREMONT.

KLEBERG COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER THE EASTERN 1/4 OF
THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE SOUTH BIRD ISLAND AND THE PADRE ISLAND
RANGER STATION. WHILE NO DROUGHT STATUS EXISTS OVER THE EXTREME
WESTERN 1/5 OF THE COUNTY (AND INCLUDES KINGSVILLE AIRPORT)...THE
REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY HAS D0 CONDITIONS. KINGSVILLE...LOYOLA
BEACH AND RICARDO ARE IN D0 STATUS.

LA SALLE COUNTY: D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE NORTHEASTERN HALF OF
THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF FOWLERTON...
GARDENDALE...AND WOODWARD. THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY IS
DROUGHT-FREE...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF COTULLA...ARTESIA
WELLS AND ATLEE.

LIVE OAK COUNTY: D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE ENTIRE COUNTY. THE
COMMUNITIES OF THREE RIVERS...GEORGE WEST AND NELL ARE IN D0
STATUS.

MCMULLEN COUNTY: D0 CONDITIONS EXIST FOR ALL OF THE COUNTY...
INCLUDING THE COMMUNITIES OF TILDEN AND CALLIHAM.

NUECES COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER THE EASTERN PORTIONS
OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI ALONG WITH
THE COMMUNITIES OF PETRONILA...CALALLEN...ROBSTOWN AND SAN PEDRO. D0
CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE
THE COMMUNITIES OF DRISCOLL...BISHOP...BANQUETE AND PORT ARANSAS.

REFUGIO COUNTY: D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE ENTIRE COUNTY...
INCLUDING THE COMMUNITIES OF REFUGIO...TIVOLI AND WOODSBORO.

SAN PATRICIO COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER THE EXTREME
SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF
ANGELITA AND BAYLOR. D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE
COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF ARANSAS PASS...SINTON...
MATHIS...ODEM AND PORTLAND.

VICTORIA COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER EXTREME NORTHWESTERN
PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF MISSION
VALLEY...NURSERY AND CRAIG. THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY IS IN D0
STATUS...AND INCLUDE THE CITY OF VICTORIA AND THE COMMUNITIES OF
INEZ...SALEM AND MCFADDIN.

WEBB COUNTY: EXCEPT FOR A SMALL SLIVER OF EXTREME NORTHEASTERN
WEBB COUNTY (RURAL AREA)...THE COUNTY IS CONSIDERED DROUGHT-FREE.
THUS...LAREDO HAS NO DROUGHT STATUS AT THIS TIME.

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 JULY
31...NUECES COUNTY IS NOW IN A BURN BAN. THUS...NUECES... KLEBERG
AND BEE COUNTIES 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 (AND THESE FINES WILL NOW BE
ENFORCED). 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 REMAINS UNDER STAGE II WATER RESTRICTIONS.
UNDER STAGE II WATER RESTRICTIONS...

- ONLY WATER BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6 AM AND 10 AM...AND BETWEEN 8
  PM AND MIDNIGHT. THESE TIMES ALSO HOLD TRUE FOR RESIDENTS
  WISHING TO FILL...REFILL...OR ADD WATER TO ANY SWIMMING
  POOLS...WADING POOLS...OR JACUZZI-TYPE POOLS.

- 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.

- GOLF COURSE GREENS...TEES AND FAIRWAYS CAN ONLY BE IRRIGATED
  BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6 AM AND 10 AM...AND BETWEEN 8 PM AND
  MIDNIGHT...UNLESS THE COURSE USES A WATER SOURCE OTHER THAN THAT
  PROVIDED BY THE CITY.

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 ALLOW TO CONSTANTLY FLOW THROUGH THE TAP OR VALVE.
  ALL LEAKS MUST BE REPAIRED.

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
JULY 30 2014) WHICH HAVE WATER RESTRICTIONS:

REMOVED RESTRICTIONS: NONE REMOVED

NEW/AMENDED RESTRICTIONS: NONE ADDED

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)..CORPUS CHRISTI NAS
(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.
WITH THE HEAVY RAINFALL OVER THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE
HSA...SOIL MOISTURE ANOMALIES IMPROVED DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS.
ELSEWHERE...ANOMALIES REMAINED ABOUT THE SAME. THE LATEST SOIL
MOISTURE ANOMALY MAP FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (VALID ON
JULY 30) SHOWS NEAR NORMAL SOIL CONDITIONS (+20 MM TO -20 MM) OVER
THE RIO GRANDE PLAINS AND WESTERN BRUSH COUNTRY...WITH BELOW
NORMAL SOIL CONDITIONS (-40 MM TO -60 MM) OVER THE NORTHEASTERN
COASTAL BEND AND VICTORIA AREA (THE REMAINDER OF THE HSA HAS
ANOMALIES BETWEEN -20 MM AND -40 MM). MOISTURE RANKING
PERCENTILES ARE BETWEEN 30 AND 70 PERCENT OVER ALL OF THE HSA.
FINALLY...CROP MOISTURE INDICES (VALID JULY 26) SHOWED EXCESSIVELY
DRY CONDITIONS (-2.0 TO -2.9) OVER THE ENTIRE HSA (THUS
IMPROVEMENTS WERE SEEN OVER THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE SOUTH
TEXAS.

WHILE SOME PARTS OF TEXAS HAVE BEEN LUCKY WHEN IT COMES TO HAY
PRODUCTION...OTHERS WILL LIKELY HAVE AN EXPENSIVE GO AT FEEDING
CATTLE THIS WINTER...ACCORDING TO A TEXAS A&M AGRI-LIFE EXTENSION
SERVICE EXPERT. THOUGH HAY PRODUCTION HAS BEEN GOOD IN EAST
TEXAS...IT HAS NOT BEEN AS GOOD AS IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN BECAUSE OF
THE FREQUENT RAINS. MID-SUMMER IS USUALLY A DRIER TIME FOR EAST
TEXAS...WHICH IS CONDUCIVE TO CURING AND HARVESTING HAY. BUT
FREQUENT RAINS HAVE MADE IT A CHALLENGE IN SOME AREAS TO GET THE
HAY IN. WITH PASTURES STILL IN RECOVERY...LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS WILL
NEED HAY TO MAKE UP FOR LACK OF GRAZING. THE EXPERT SAID THAT
SHE HAS NOT SEEN MUCH HAY MOVING OUT OF EAST TEXAS OR OUT OF THE
STATE...AS SOME ARE REBUILDING THEIR STOCKS...AND MANY HAVE
PASTURES THAT ARE STILL RECOVERING FROM THE DROUGHT OF 2011 AND
SUBSEQUENT DROUGHTS. SHE ALSO NOTED THAT WITH THE CHANCES OF A
MODERATELY STRONG EL NINO THIS FALL...THE PROSPECTS FOR WINTER
PASTURES ARE BETTER THAN THEY HAVE BEEN IN YEARS. A STRONG EL NINO
USUALLY MEANS A WETTER LATE FALL AND WINTER FOR ALL OF THE
SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHEAST U.S. "THIS PRESENTS US WITH AN EXCELLENT
CHANCE TO REDUCE COSTS AND PRESERVE HAY STOCKS...NOT JUST IN EAST
TEXAS BUT IN CENTRAL TEXAS AND OTHER AREAS TOO," SHE SAID.

ACCORDING TO AGRI-LIFE EXTENSION ENTOMOLOGIST...RAINS THIS SUMMER
HAVE BEEN FAVORABLE TO CROPS...BUT ARE ALSO FAVORABLE FOR AN
INCREASE IN ARMYWORMS. IN REGARDS TO RAINFALL THIS SUMMER..."THIS
HAS NOT BEEN A TYPICAL YEAR"...SAID THE SPECIALIST.
TYPICALLY...JULY THROUGH AUGUST IS THE HOTTER AND DRIER PERIOD
FOR TEXAS. BUT THIS YEAR...MORE RAIN...SOMETIMES IN QUITE HEAVY
AMOUNTS...CAME IN LATE JUNE AND EARLY JULY. THIS IS LEADING TO AN
EARLY ARRIVAL IN LARGE NUMBERS OF FALL ARMYWORMS.

THE TEXAS CROP AND WEATHER REPORTS FOR JULY 22 AND JULY 29
CONTAINED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

FOR THE COASTAL BEND DISTRICT:

* SORGHUM AND CORN GROWERS WERE BUSY HARVESTING...WITH DECENT
  YIELDS REPORTED FOR CORN. SORGHUM YIELDS WERE AVERAGING IN
  4,000 TO 6,000 POUNDS PER ACRE. THE GRAIN SORGHUM HARVEST WAS
  WINDING DOWN. ISOLATED SHOWERS KEPT A FEW SORGHUM FIELDS FROM
  BEING HARVESTED.

* SOYBEANS WERE FILLING PODS...AND RICE WAS READY FOR HARVEST.

* EARLY PLANTED COTTON WAS OPENING BOLLS. SPRAYING FOR BOLLWORMS
  RESUMED IN SOME AREAS. COTTON CONTINUED TO MATURE. SOME
  PRODUCERS WERE ALREADY DEFOLIATING.

* GRASSHOPPERS CONTINUED TO BE A PROBLEM FOR PASTURE AND FORAGE
  CROPS...AS WELL AS LAWN AND GARDENS.

* PASTURES WERE IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION...WITH INCREASED GRASS
  GROWTH IN AREAS THAT RECENTLY RECEIVED RAIN. PASTURES IN DRIER
  REGIONS WERE BEGINNING TO DECLINE. THERE WAS LIMITED
  SUPPLEMENTAL FEEDING OF LIVESTOCK.


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

* MOST OF THE NORTHERN PART OF THE DISTRICT REPORTED SHORT TO VERY
  SHORT SOIL MOISTURE. PEANUTS WERE STARTING TO PEG AND WERE
  UNDER IRRIGATION THROUGH MOST OF THE WEEK. PRODUCERS WERE
  PREPARING TO HARVEST CORN. WATERMELON HARVESTING WAS WINDING
  DOWN. RANGELAND AND PASTURES WERE IN FAIR TO POOR CONDITION.
  STOCK-WATER TANK LEVELS CONTINUED TO DECLINE...AND CATTLE BODY
  CONDITION SCORES WERE LOW TO FAIR.

* IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE DISTRICT...SOME AREAS RECEIVED LIGHT
  SHOWERS. GRAIN HARVESTING WAS INTERRUPTED IN SOME AREAS BY
  RAIN. GRAIN YIELD REPORTS WERE NOT YET RECEIVED...BUT POOR
  YIELDS WERE PREDICTED. SOME GRAIN...CORN AND SUNFLOWER FIELDS
  WERE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN DAMAGED DUE TO HEAVY RAINS AND STRONG
  WINDS FOLLOWED BY EXTREMELY HOT TEMPERATURES.

* ABOUT 70 PERCENT OF CORN IN JIM WELLS COUNTY WAS MATURE. IN
  KLEBERG AND KENEDY COUNTIES...GRAIN HARVESTING WAS ALMOST
  COMPLETE...AND COTTON WAS STARTING TO SHOW SIGNS OF STRESS DUE
  TO THE LACK OF MOISTURE. SOIL MOISTURE WAS 60 TO 80 PERCENT
  ADEQUATE IN JIM WELLS COUNTY...AND 50 PERCENT SHORT IN KLEBERG
  AND KENEDY COUNTIES.

* THE WESTERN PART OF THE DISTRICT HAD WIDESPREAD SHOWERS. SOME
  AREAS RECEIVED AS MUCH AS 2 TO 3 INCHES. CORN AND SORGHUM WERE
  MATURING WELL WITH THE HELP OF HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS PRIOR TO
  THE RAINS. PECANS WERE PROGRESSING ON SCHEDULE...COTTON
  RESPONDED WELL TO IRRIGATION...AND THE HARVESTING OF SORGHUM WAS
  EXPECTED TO RESUME ONCE FIELDS DRIED OUT. PECAN GROWERS WERE
  FORCED TO APPLY SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNTS OF IRRIGATION WATER AS THE
  CROP WAS AT THE CRITICAL NUT-DEVELOPMENT STAGE.

* ALSO IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE REGION...RANGELAND AND PASTURES
  CONTINUED TO DECLINE DUE TO EXTREMELY HOT TEMPERATURES. SOIL
  MOISTURE WAS SHORT TO VERY SHORT. BOTH VEGETATION AND LIVESTOCK
  WERE REPORTED UNDER STRESS DUE TO HIGH TEMPERATURES AND VERY
  MINIMAL RAINFALL. THE HIGH POTENTIAL OF WILDFIRES BECAME A
  CONCERN.


FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.
ACCORDING TO THE 5 DAY AVERAGE FIRE DANGER MAP FROM THE TEXAS
INTER-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER (TICC) ON JULY 30...THERE IS A
HIGH TO VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN THIRD OF SOUTH
TEXAS (WITH THE VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER OVER SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS
OF WEBB COUNTY AND MOST OF SOUTHERN DUVAL COUNTY). THE REMAINDER
OF THE HSA HAS A MODERATE FIRE DANGER. THE FIRE DANGER HAS RISEN
RECENTLY DUE TO THE ABOVE NORMAL DAYTIME TEMPERATURES AND MODERATE
BREEZES (WHICH HAVE HELPED TO INCREASE SOIL EVAPORATION).

WARM TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL OVER MOST OF THE HSA
DURING THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS HAS RESULTED IN AN INCREASE IN MOST
COUNTY AVERAGED KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDICES. MODERATE KBDI
INDICES (BETWEEN 400 AND 600) EXIST OVER ALL OF THE HSA. AS OF
JULY 31...THE FOLLOWING KBDI AVERAGES WERE OBSERVED:

 0 TO 200:  NONE.

200 TO 300: NONE.

300 TO 400: NONE.

400 TO 500: BEE...GOLIAD...VICTORIA...REFUGIO...ARANSAS...
            LIVE OAK...DUVAL...LA SALLE AND WEBB COUNTIES.

500 TO 600: MCMULLEN...KLEBERG...NUECES...SAN PATRICIO...JIM WELLS
            AND CALHOUN COUNTIES.

600 TO 700: NONE.

700 TO 800: NONE.

KBDI AVERAGES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE UNLESS ADDITIONAL WIDESPREAD
RAINFALL OCCURS SOON. HOPEFULLY...EXPECTED RAINFALL OVER THE NEXT
FEW DAYS WILL HELP DIMINISH THESE MODERATE VALUES.


RIVER AND HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS.
ACCORDING TO THE USGS STREAMFLOW MAP ON JULY 31...RIVER LEVELS ARE
BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL OVER THE NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF SOUTH
TEXAS (GENERALLY EAST OF INTERSTATE 37)...WITH NEAR TO SLIGHTLY
BELOW NORMAL FLOWS ELSEWHERE. THE MISSION RIVER...COLETO CREEK...
GARCITAS CREEK AND PLACEDO WEEK HAVE WELL BELOW NORMAL FLOWS.
SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL FLOWS WERE OBSERVED ON THE RIO GRANDE (DUE
IN PART TO REDUCED RELEASES FROM LAKE AMISTAD).

FOR THE MOST PART...RECENT FLOWS ON THE GUADALUPE RIVER AT
VICTORIA HAVE BEEN BETWEEN 4.5 FEET (196 CFS) AND 5 FEET (284
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.

PEAK SUMMERTIME WATER USAGE ALONG WITH WARM TEMPERATURES
(INCREASING EVAPORATION) AND LACK OF RAINFALL IN THE WATERSHED
CONTINUE TO DECREASE RESERVOIR LEVELS IN THE CORPUS CHRISTI WATER
SUPPLY. AS OF JULY 31...THE LEVEL AT CHOKE CANYON DAM WAS AT 194.7
FEET (29.2 PERCENT CAPACITY)...WITH LAKE CORPUS CHRISTI AT 88.1
FEET (60.7 PERCENT CAPACITY). THE COMBINED SYSTEM CAPACITY FOR THE
CORPUS CHRISTI WATER SUPPLY WAS AT 37.7 PERCENT...WHICH IS 1.1
PERCENTAGE POINTS LOWER THAN ON JULY 17 2014.

SINCE JULY 17 2014...LAKE TEXANA FELL 0.5 FEET TO 43.1 FEET (94.9
PERCENT CAPACITY).

SINCE JULY 17 2014...COLETO CREEK FELL 0.46 FEET...WITH THE
CURRENT LEVEL AT 96.00 FEET.

CANYON DAM FELL 0.41 FEET SINCE JULY 17...WITH THE CURRENT LEVEL
AT 899.74 FEET (81 PERCENT CAPACITY).

FINALLY...THE LEVEL AT LAKE AMISTAD WAS 1075.08 FEET (38
PERCENT)...WHICH IS 0.21 FEET LOWER THAN THE LEVEL ON JULY 17. WITH
BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL MOST LIKELY DURING THE REMAINDER OF
SUMMER...RESERVOIR LEVELS WILL LIKELY CONTINUE TO FALL OVER
SOUTH TEXAS.


CLIMATE SUMMARY...
RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF JULY HAS VARIED OVER SOUTH TEXAS. ABOUT
HALF OF THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE HSA (AREAS WEST OF HIGHWAY
281) HAVE RECEIVED NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL. ON THE OTHER
HAND...MOST OF THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE HSA HAVE RECEIVED BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION. WHILE SOME PORTIONS OF WEBB...DUVAL...LA
SALLE AND MCMULLEN COUNTIES HAVE RECEIVED MORE THAN 150 PERCENT OF
THEIR NORMAL RAINFALL DURING THE MONTH...MOST OF ARANSAS...
REFUGIO...AND CALHOUN COUNTIES HAVE RECEIVED NO MORE THAN 50
PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL JULY PRECIPITATION.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE TOTAL MONTHLY RAINFALL AMOUNTS
THROUGH JULY 30...IN 2014...AND 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
                    JULY 30            2014         10/1/2013 -
                                                    07/30/2014

CORPUS CHRISTI     0.74 (-1.99)     9.25 (-7.11)   13.95  (-8.12)

VICTORIA           2.37 (-1.71)    17.76 (-6.16)   22.82 (-10.66)

LAREDO AIRPORT     1.34 (-0.63)     6.93 (-4.15)   11.45 (-3.02)

FOR THE THREE CLIMATE STATIONS...THE 2014 PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL
RAINFALL THROUGH JULY 16 WAS: 56.5 PERCENT AT CORPUS CHRISTI...
74.2 PERCENT AT VICTORIA...AND 62.5 PERCENT AT LAREDO.

THE 2014 WATER YEAR PERCENTAGES THROUGH JULY 16 2014 ARE: 63.2
PERCENT AT CORPUS CHRISTI...68.2 PERCENT AT VICTORIA...AND 79.1
PERCENT AT LAREDO.

TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH OF JULY WERE ABOVE NORMAL AT MOST SOUTH
TEXAS OBSERVATION STATIONS...ESPECIALLY FOR MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES.
FOR THE MONTH OF JULY (AS OF JULY 30)...TEMPERATURES WERE 0.7
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT CORPUS CHRISTI...1.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL
AT VICTORIA...AND 1.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL (NORMAL) AT LAREDO.

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) CONTINUES TO HAVE AN EL-NINO
WATCH IN EFFECT. ACCORDING TO CPC...ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS
REMAIN. WHILE ABOVE AVERAGE SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES (SST) REMAIN
ACROSS THE WESTERN AND EASTERN EQUATORIAL PACIFIC...THEY ARE NOW
NEAR NORMAL OVER MOST OF THE CENTRAL AND EAST-CENTRAL PACIFIC.
DURING THE LAST 4 WEEKS...POSITIVE SST ANOMALIES PERSISTED IN THE
EASTERN PACIFIC...BUT WEAKENED IN THE CENTRAL AND EAST-CENTRAL
PACIFIC. BECAUSE OF THE WEAKENING ANOMALIES...CPC FORECASTS A WEAK
TO MODERATE EL-NINO DEVELOPING BY THE END OF 2014. THERE IS ABOUT
A 70 PERCENT CHANCE FOR EL-NINO DURING THE LATE NORTHERN
HEMISPHERIC SUMMER...AND NEARLY AN 80 PERCENT CHANCE DURING THE
UPCOMING FALL AND WINTER.

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 (APRIL 2014 - JUNE 2014) IS +0.2 DEGREES CELSIUS (WITHIN THE
ENSO-NEUTRAL RANGE OF -0.5 DEGREES CELSIUS TO +0.5 DEGREES
CELSIUS). THIS IS A POSITIVE TREND FROM THE LAST 3-MONTH ONI OF
-0.2 DEGREES CELSIUS (FROM MARCH 2014 - MAY 2014).

MOST MODELS ARE PREDICTING EL-NINO TO DEVELOP IN THE NEXT COUPLE
OF MONTHS...AND MAINTAIN THESE CONDITIONS THROUGH THE NORTHERN
HEMISPHERIC WINTER 2014-2015. HOWEVER...THE PROBABILITIES HAVE
DECREASED SLIGHTLY FROM PREVIOUS FORECASTS. FOR THE AUGUST-
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER TIME FRAME...THERE IS ABOUT A 72 PERCENT CHANCE
FOR EL-NINO...A 27 PERCENT CHANCE FOR ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS AND
ABOUT A 1 PERCENT CHANCE FOR LA-NINA. BY THE END OF 2014 (OCTOBER-
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER TIME FRAME)...THE CHANCES FOR EL-NINO INCREASE
TO ABOUT 78 PERCENT...WITH ABOUT A 1 PERCENT CHANCE FOR LA-NINA
(AND ABOUT A 21 PERCENT CHANCE FOR ENSO-NEUTRAL).


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...
THE RAINFALL FORECAST FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS (AUGUST 1 THROUGH
AUGUST 7) IS AS FOLLOWS. RAIN CHANCES INCREASE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH
TONIGHT AND FRIDAY...THEN DECREASE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH ON
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY...AS A FRONTAL BOUNDARY MOVES INTO SOUTH
TEXAS. A SLIGHT CHANCE FOR PRECIPITATION CONTINUES ON
MONDAY...THEN RAIN CHANCES ARE RESTRICTED TO THE EASTERN HALF OF
THE HSA ON TUESDAY. BY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY...THERE IS ONLY A
SLIGHT CHANCE FOR PRECIPITATION OVER THE EXTREME NORTHEASTERN
PORTIONS OF THE HSA. AVERAGE RAINFALL AMOUNTS FROM THURSDAY NIGHT
THROUGH MONDAY WILL RANGE FROM BETWEEN 1/4 AND 1/2 INCH OVER THE
SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF SOUTH TEXAS...AND BETWEEN 1/2 TO JUST BELOW 1
INCH OVER THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE HSA.

THE TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FOR AUGUST 1 THROUGH AUGUST 7 IS AS
FOLLOWS. TEMPERATURES WILL BE NEAR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL FRIDAY
THROUGH TUESDAY...THEN BECOME NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.

THE 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK...VALID FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 8 THROUGH
AUGUST 14...CALLS FOR A GREATER PROBABILITY FOR ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL OVER THE ENTIRE HSA.

THE AUGUST 2014 RAINFALL OUTLOOK...UPDATED ON JULY 31...CALLS FOR
A GREATER LIKELIHOOD FOR BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL OVER THE ENTIRE
HSA.

THE AUGUST 2014 TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...UPDATED ON JULY 31...CALLS
FOR EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE/BELOW/NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES OVER
THE ENTIRE HSA.

THE THREE MONTH TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL OUTLOOKS FOR THE PERIOD
AUGUST THROUGH OCTOBER 2014 HAVE NOT CHANGED. ISSUED ON JULY
17...THE OUTLOOKS CALL FOR A GREATER LIKELIHOOD ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES OVER THE HSA...AND BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL OVER NEARLY
ALL OF THE HSA (THE EXTREME NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF THE HSA HAVE
EQUAL CHANCES FOR NEAR/ABOVE/BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL).

THE MONTHLY DROUGHT OUTLOOK FOR AUGUST...ISSUED ON JULY 31...CALLS
FOR DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO PERSIST (IF NOT INTENSIFY) OVER THE
CURRENT DROUGHT AREAS...WITH DROUGHT DEVELOPMENT LIKELY OVER THE
NON-DROUGHT AREAS.

THE SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK FOR AUGUST THROUGH OCTOBER HAS NOT
CHANGED. ISSUED ON JULY 17...THE OUTLOOKS CALLS FOR THE DROUGHT TO
CONTINUE (IF NOT INTENSIFY) OVER CURRENT DROUGHT AREAS...AND
DEVELOP OVER NON-DROUGHT AREAS.

THE LAGGED SOIL MOISTURE OUTLOOK VALID THROUGH THE END OF
OCTOBER 2014 CALLS FOR SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL SOIL CONDITIONS OVER
THE HSA.

IF EL-NINO OCCURS IN THE LATE FALL AND WINTER...THEN SOUTH TEXAS
HAS A CHANCE TO RECEIVE ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL DURING THE COOL
SEASON. SEASONAL CLIMATE OUTLOOKS DO SHOW A GREATER LIKELIHOOD FOR
ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL FROM THE OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2014
SEASON THROUGH THE FEBRUARY-MARCH-APRIL 2015 SEASON.


NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED AFTER AUGUST
13 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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