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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX
428 PM CST THU FEB 27 2014

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXPAND OVER SOUTH TEXAS...

...PORTIONS OF THE COASTAL BEND AND VICTORIA CROSSROADS AREA NOW
IN EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS...

...SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK CALLS FOR THE DROUGHT TO REMAIN OR
WORSEN OVER SOUTH TEXAS...AND EXPAND OVER NON-DROUGHT AREAS...

.SYNOPSIS...
RAINFALL CONTINUED TO BE BELOW NORMAL OVER SOUTH TEXAS DURING THE
LAST TWO WEEKS...AS LIMITED MOISTURE AND A RELATIVELY STABLE
AIRMASS REMAINED OVER THE HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA (HSA). MOST OF
THE HEAVIER AND WIDESPREAD RAINFALL WHICH OCCURRED OVER THE REGION
FELL BETWEEN FEBRUARY 25-26...AHEAD OF A STRONG COLD FRONT WHICH
MOVED THROUGH SOUTH TEXAS ON FEBRUARY 26. (NOTE: THIS RAINFALL
WAS NOT CONSIDERED FOR THE CURRENT DROUGHT MONITOR PRODUCT...SINCE
IT OCCURRED AFTER 7 AM FEBRUARY 25 WHICH IS THE CUT-OFF TIME FOR THE
DROUGHT MONITOR PRODUCT). PRIOR TO THE FEBRUARY 25-26 EVENT...
RAINFALL AMOUNTS WERE LIGHT AND SCATTERED...WITH MOST AREAS
RECEIVING LESS THAN ONE-TENTH OF AN INCH (AND MANY AREAS RECEIVING
NO RAINFALL). DURING THE AFOREMENTIONED TWO DAY EVENT...MOST OF
THE HSA RECEIVED BETWEEN ONE TENTH AND 1/4 INCH OF RAIN...WITH
ISOLATED AMOUNTS BETWEEN 1/2 AND 1 INCH. WHILE THIS RAINFALL WAS
DEFINITELY NEEDED...NEARLY ALL OF THE HSA RECEIVED BELOW NORMAL
RAINFALL. IN FACT...ABOUT 2/3 OF THE HSA RECEIVED NO MORE THAN 50
PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL RAINFALL DURING THIS TWO WEEK PERIOD
(AGAIN MOST OF THIS RAINFALL OCCURRED AFTER THE VALID TIME OF THE
DROUGHT MONITOR PRODUCT). AS A RESULT...DROUGHT CONDITIONS
REMAINED THE SAME OR WORSENED OVER THE HSA...WITH EXTREME DROUGHT
CONDITIONS RETURNING TO PORTIONS OF THE SOUTH TEXAS.

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR PRODUCT...VALID AS OF 7 AM EST FEBRUARY
25 2014...SHOWS THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS OVER THE HSA...

EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS (D3) ARE NOW LOCATED OVER PORTIONS OF
NORTHERN GOLIAD AND NORTHWESTERN VICTORIA COUNTY. THE D3 AREA IS
NEAR AND NORTH OF A LINE LOCATED FROM ABOUT 5 MILES WEST OF
CHARCO...TO ABOUT 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF CHARCO...TO ABOUT 2 MILES
SOUTH OF RIVERDALE...WITH THE D3 LINE EXTENDING EAST AND NORTHEAST
TO NEAR GOLIAD...TO ABOUT 3 MILES WEST OF FANNIN AND 2.5 MILES
NORTH OF FANNIN...TO ABOUT 9.5 MILES WEST OF VICTORIA...TO JUST
EAST OF CRAIG...TO ABOUT 2.5 MILES EAST OF NURSERY...TO ABOUT 11.5
MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF SALEM. THE COMMUNITIES OF GOLIAD...
NURSERY...AND WEESATCHE ARE IN THIS D3 AREA.

IN ADDITION...D3 CONDITIONS ARE NOW LOCATED OVER WESTERN PORTIONS
OF NUECES AND SAN PATRICIO COUNTY...AND A SMALL PORTION OF EXTREME
NORTHEASTERN JIM WELLS COUNTY. THIS D3 AREA IS LOCATED WITHIN AN AREA
LOCATED FROM JUST NORTH AND EAST OF RABB...TO ABOUT 3.5 MILES WEST
AND 1.5 MILES NORTH OF ROBSTOWN...TO JUST WEST AND NORTH OF
NUECEVILLE...TO JUST EAST OF ANNAVILLE...WITH THE D3 LINE
EXTENDING NORTHEAST TO ABOUT 5 MILES WEST OF MIDWAY...TO ABOUT 2
MILES WEST OF TAFT...WITH THE D3 LINE EXTENDING NORTH TO ABOUT 4
MILES EAST...3 MILES NORTHEAST...AND 4.5 MILES NORTH OF SINTON...
TO JUST NORTH OF...2 MILES NORTHWEST OF...AND 7 MILES WEST OF ST.
PAUL...WITH THE D3 LINE THEN EXTENDING WEST-SOUTHWEST TO ABOUT 5
MILES NORTHWEST AND 9 MILES WEST OF WEST SINTON...TO ABOUT 3.5
MILES EAST OF SANDIA...TO ABOUT 4.5 MILES EAST OF CASA BLANCA...
TO ABOUT 5.5 MILES EAST OF ORANGE GROVE...WITH THE D3 LINE
EXTENDING SOUTH THEN SOUTHEAST TO ABOUT 6 MILES WEST AND 4.5 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF LA ROSE...BACK TO JUST NORTH AND EAST OF RABB. THE
COMMUNITIES OF ODEM...SINTON...ST. PAUL...CALALLEN AND ANNAVILLE
ARE IN THIS D3 AREA.

OUTSIDE OF THE D3 AREAS...SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS EXIST
OVER NEARLY THE REMAINDER OF NUECES COUNTY...NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS
OF JIM WELLS COUNTY...SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF LIVE OAK
COUNTY...ALL BUT THE EXTREME NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF BEE
COUNTY...THE REMAINDER OF SAN PATRICIO...VICTORIA AND GOLIAD
COUNTIES...AND ALL OF THE COASTAL COUNTIES OF REFUGIO...CALHOUN
AND ARANSAS. THIS D2 AREA IS NEAR...NORTH AND EAST OF A LINE
LOCATED FROM ABOUT 4 MILES NORTH OF BOB HALL PIER...TO NEAR
LAGUNA VISTA...TO JUST NORTH OF CHAPMAN RANCH...TO ABOUT 1.5 MILES
SOUTH OF BISHOP MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...TO ABOUT 2.5 MILES NORTH OF
BISHOP...TO ABOUT 8.5 MILES WEST OF DRISCOLL...TO ABOUT 10.5 MILES
WEST OF PALO ALTO...TO ABOUT 6 MILES WEST OF AQUA DULCE...TO ABOUT
4.5 MILES WEST OF ALFRED...TO NEAR DILLWORTH...TO ABOUT 6 MILES
EAST OF ANNA ROSE...TO JUST EAST OF MIKESKA...TO JUST EAST OF
PAWNEEE...TO ABOUT 3.5 MILES WEST OF MONTEOLA. THE CITIES OF
CORPUS CHRISTI...ROBSTOWN...TAFT...PORTLAND...ORANGE GROVE...
SWINNY SWITCH...SKIDMORE...BEEVILLE...BERCLAIR...FANNIN...
VICTORIA...INEZ...PORT O`CONNOR...SEADRIFT...WOODSBORO...
AUSTWELL...ROCKPORT AND LAMAR ARE IN D2 STATUS.

A FINAL D2 AREA IS OVER THE EXTREME NORTHWESTERN PORTION OF LA
SALLE COUNTY...NORTH AND WEST OF A LINE LOCATED FROM ABOUT 4 MILES
WEST-NORTHWEST AND 2.5 MILES NORTH OF WOODWARD...TO ABOUT 8 MILES
NORTH-NORTHEAST OF WOODWARD.

OUTSIDE OF THE AFOREMENTIONED AREAS...MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS
(D1) EXIST OVER SOUTHERN-MOST NUECES AND NORTHERN-MOST KLEBERG
COUNTIES...MUCH OF THE NORTHERN HALF OF JIM WELLS COUNTY...A SMALL
PORTION OF NORTHEASTERN DUVAL COUNTY...AND NEARLY ALL OF THE
REMAINDER OF LIVE OAK COUNTY. THIS D1 AREA IS NEAR...NORTH AND
EAST OF A LINE LOCATED FROM ABOUT LOCATED FROM ABOUT 3 MILES
SOUTH OF BOB HALL PIER...TO ABOUT 4 MILES SOUTH OF CHAPMAN
RANCH...TO ABOUT 1.5 MILES SOUTH OF BISHOP...TO ABOUT 4 MILES EAST
OF BEN BOLT...TO ABOUT 3.5 MILES SOUTH OF ALICE...TO ABOUT 5 MILES
EAST AND 5 MILES NORTH OF SAN DIEGO...WITH THE D1 LINE EXTENDING
NORTH TO ABOUT 13 MILES WEST OF DILLWORTH...TO NEAR CLEGG...TO
ABOUT 6.5 MILES WEST OF GEORGE WEST...TO ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTH AND 2
MILES EAST OF THREE RIVERS...TO JUST WEST OF RAY POINT...TO ABOUT
2.5 MILES WEST OF PAWNEE...TO ABOUT 3.5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF NELL.
THIS D1 AREA INCLUDES CHAPMAN RANCH...BISHOP...ALICE...ANNA
ROSE...GEORGE WEST...OAKVILLE...BEEVILLE AND SKIDMORE.

A SMALL D1 AREA ALSO EXISTS OVER A PORTION OF NORTHWESTERN LA
SALLE COUNTY AND A VERY SMALL PORTION OF EXTREME NORTHWESTERN WEBB
COUNTY (THE AREA IN WEBB COUNTY IS MORE THAN 25 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
CARRIZO SPRINGS AND CONTAINS NO NOTABLE LANDMARKS). FOR LA SALLE
COUNTY...THE D1 AREA IS NEAR...NORTH AND WEST OF A LINE LOCATED
FROM ABOUT 9.5 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF COTULLA...TO JUST EAST AND
NORTH OF COTULLA...TO ABOUT 11 MILES WEST OF LOS ANGELES...TO
ABOUT 6 MILES EAST OF GARDENDALE...TO ABOUT 11.5 MILES NORTH OF
HARRISS VALLEY. THE COMMUNITIES OF GARDENDALE AND WOODWARD ARE IN
THIS D1 AREA...BUT NOT THE CITY OF COTULLA.

OUTSIDE THE AFOREMENTIONED AREAS...ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS
EXIST OVER ALL BUT A SMALL PORTION OF SOUTH-CENTRAL KLEBERG COUNTY
(CONSIDERED DROUGHT-FREE)...THE REMAINDER OF JIM WELLS...DUVAL
AND LIVE OAK COUNTIES...ALL OF MCMULLEN COUNTY...PORTIONS OF
EASTERN AND WESTERN WEBB COUNTY...AND ALL BUT SOME SOUTHERN
PORTIONS OF LA SALLE COUNTY. THIS D0 AREA IS EAST AND NORTH OF A
LINE LOCATED FROM ABOUT 12 MILES SOUTH OF AGUILARES...TO ABOUT 2
MILES WEST OF MIRANDO CITY...TO ABOUT 13.5 MILES WEST OF
FREER...TO ABOUT 22 MILES WEST OF SEVEN SISTERS...WITH THE D0 LINE
EXTENDING NORTHWEST AND WEST TO ABOUT 28 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF
FOWLERTON...TO ABOUT 13.5 MILES SOUTH OF TUNA...TO ABOUT 4 MILES
NORTH OF ENCINAL. THE D0 AREA IS THEN NORTH OF WEST OF A LINE
LOCATED FROM ABOUT 4 MILES NORTH OF ENCINAL...TO ABOUT 8 MILES
WEST OF ENCINAL...TO ABOUT 8.5 MILES WEST OF CALLAGHAN...TO ABOUT
6 MILES WEST OF ORVIL...TO ABOUT 5 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF LAREDO
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE CITIES OF KINGSVILLE...RICARDO...
PREMONT...BEN BOLT...REALITOS...FREER...THREE RIVERS...WHITSETT...
TILDEN...CALLIHAM...COTULLA...FOWLERTON...OILTON AND MIRANDO CITY
ARE IN THIS D0 AREA. HOWEVER...A SMALL PORTION OF SOUTH-CENTRAL
KLEBERG COUNTY WEST OF BAFFIN BAY HAS NO DROUGHT CATEGORY. THIS
AREA INCLUDES THE COMMUNITIES OF LOYOLA BEACH AND WATTMANNVILLE.

THE REMAINDER OF THE AREAS NOT MENTIONED ABOVE HAVE NO DROUGHT
STATUS...WITH CONDITIONS BETTER THAN ABNORMALLY DRY. THIS AREA
INCLUDES THE REMAINDER OF WEBB AND SOUTHERN LA SALLE COUNTIES.
THE CITIES OF LAREDO...ENCINAL...AND ORVIL ARE CONSIDERED DROUGHT-
FREE.

SEE THE DROUGHT MONITOR PRODUCT (LINK PROVIDED AT THE END OF THE
STATEMENT) FOR A GRAPHICAL VIEW.


SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS.
ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS FOREST SERVICE BURN BAN MAP OF FEBRUARY 26
2014...THERE HAS BEEN NO CHANGE IN BURN BANS. THUS...ONLY BEE
COUNTY HAS A BURN BAN...AND NO OTHER SOUTH TEXAS COUNTIES HAVE
BURN BANS IN EFFECT. NEVERTHELESS...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
SPORADIC OR UNCONTROLLABLE FIRE.

AS OF FEBRUARY 27 2014...THERE HAVE BEEN NO CHANGES TO THE WATER
RESTRICTIONS FOR CORPUS CHRISTI...VICTORIA AND LAREDO.

ACCORDING TO THE CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI WATER PAGE...THE CITY
REMAINS IN STAGE 1 OF THE DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN. UNDER STAGE
1...RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO VOLUNTARILY CONSERVE WATER WHENEVER
POSSIBLE. FOR THE CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI...WATERING IS NO LONGER
LIMITED TO ONCE A WEEK. HOWEVER RESIDENTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO LIMIT
THE USE OF WATER OUTSIDE DURING THE HOURS OF 10 AM AND 6 PM. THE
CITIES OF PORTLAND AND INGLESIDE ARE ALSO IN STAGE 1 RESTRICTIONS.

GENERAL USES AND RESTRICTIONS UNDER STAGE 1:

* WATER IS NO LONGER LIMITED TO ONCE A WEEK
* NO WATERING OR OUTSIDE WASHING DURING THE HOURS OF 10 AM AND 6
  PM

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 STILL ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO CONSERVE WATER
VOLUNTARILY.

THE CITY OF LAREDO REMAINS UNDER VOLUNTARY RESTRICTIONS. RESIDENTS
ARE STILL ALLOWED TO WATER THEIR LANDSCAPES AT ANY TIME...BUT ARE
ASKED TO VOLUNTARILY CONSERVE WATER.

AS SPRING APPROACHES AND GRASSES BEGIN TO GROW...RESIDENTS ARE
STILL STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO LIMIT THEIR WATERING. WATER CONSERVED
NOW CAN BE USED FOR THE UPCOMING WARMER WEATHER...WHEN LAWNS NEED
MORE WATER THAN DURING COOLER WEATHER. IF WATER IS WASTED NOW...
WATER MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN THE SUMMER MONTHS (DUE TO MORE
STRINGENT WATER RESTRICTIONS) TO ADEQUATELY WATER LAWNS.

RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ONLY WATER THEIR LANDSCAPES ONCE A
WEEK OR EVERY OTHER WEEK IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN SOIL MOISTURE.
ALSO...WHEN ADEQUATE RAINFALL WAS RECENTLY RECEIVED...WATERING
SHOULD BE OMITTED FOR SEVERAL DAYS UNTIL WATERING BECOMES
NECESSARY. RESIDENTS WITH SPRINKLER SYSTEMS SHOULD NOT WATER
THEIR LANDSCAPES AS IF IT WAS THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER. WHEN AND IF
WATERING IS NEEDED...DO NOT ALLOW WATER TO RUNOFF INTO SIDEWALKS
AND STREETS...AND USE A SPRINKLER WHICH MAKES LARGER WATER
DROPLETS.

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) ARE 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
FEBRUARY 19 2014) WHICH HAVE WATER RESTRICTIONS:

REMOVED RESTRICTIONS: NONE REMOVED

NEW/AMENDED RESTRICTIONS: NONE ADDED/AMENDED

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)...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 LACK OF WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINFALL...SOIL MOISTURE
ANOMALIES HAVE WORSENED OVER MOST OF SOUTH TEXAS. THE LATEST SOIL
MOISTURE ANOMALY MAP FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (VALID ON
FEBRUARY 26) SHOWED SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL TO BELOW NORMAL SOIL
CONDITIONS OVER THE HSA. THE SMALLEST ANOMALIES (-20 MM TO -40 MM)
EXIST OVER THE EXTREME SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF SOUTH TEXAS...WITH
INCREASING ANOMALIES NORTH AND EAST. THE GREATEST ANOMALIES EXIST
OVER VICTORIA AND CALHOUN COUNTIES (-100 MM TO -120 MM). SOIL
MOISTURE PERCENTAGES RANGED BETWEEN 30 AND 70 PERCENT OVER MOST OF
THE AREA...WITH 20 TO 30 PERCENT VALUES OVER THE EXTREME NORTHERN
COASTAL BEND AND VICTORIA AREA. CROP MOISTURE INDICES (FOR THE
WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 22) REMAINED THE SAME...WITH SLIGHTLY
DRY/FAVORABLY MOIST (-0.9 TO +0.9) CONDITIONS OVER THE ENTIRE HSA.

ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE IN THE AGRILIFE TODAY...THE 2014 TEXAS
CALF CROP IS PROJECTED TO BE ABOUT 3.8 MILLION...DOWN SOMEWHAT
FROM 2013...ACCORDING TO TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE
EXPERTS. LAST YEAR WAS KIND OF STATIC...DOWN SLIGHTLY FROM 2012. A
BIG DROP WAS SEEN IN 2011...BUT THERE WAS A FURTHER CONTRACTION
IN THE COW HERD LAST YEAR. ALTHOUGH THERE WERE REPORTS OF MINOR
FROSTBITE IN CALVES BORN IN THE EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER THIS
WINTER...IT SHOULD NOT AFFECT THE TOTAL CALF CROP...EXPERTS SAID.
THERE WERE ALSO REPORTS FROM AGRILIFE EXTENSION COUNTY AGENTS OF
LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS SELLING OLDER CALVES EARLY TO GIVE RELIEF TO
DROUGHT-STRESSED PASTURE AND RANGELAND. GENERALLY...THIS IS A
STRATEGY THAT WILL HELP PASTURES SOMEWHAT...AND DOES NOT CAUSE A
SEVERE FINANCIAL LOSS...PARTICULARLY WITH CALF PRICES SO HIGH. WITH
WHEAT AROUND $7 PLUS PER BUSHEL...THE OTHER ISSUE PRODUCERS FACE
WILL BE WHETHER TO PULL STOCKERS OFF WHEAT PASTURE OR FIND CATTLE
TO GRAZE IT OUT.

ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE IN THE DROUGHT IMPACT REPORTER...
PERSISTENT DROUGHT IN TEXAS HAS REDUCED THE STATES RESERVOIRS TO
PUDDLES AS WATER SUPPLIES NEVER RECOVERED FROM INTENSE DROUGHT IN
2011. STATE OFFICIALS ARE PRIORITIZING THE USE OF THE REMAINING
WATER...SEEKING NEW WATER SOURCES AND HASTILY CONSTRUCTING NEEDED
INFRASTRUCTURE. THE IMPACT OF RECORD-BREAKING HEAT AND YEARS OF
LITTLE OR NO RAINFALL CAN BE FELT LONG AFTER A DRY SPELL
PASSES...AND TEXAS IS NOW STRUGGLING WITH THE BRUNT OF A HISTORIC
YEAR-LONG DROUGHT THAT CRIPPLED THE STATE`S LAKES...AGRICULTURE
AND WATER SUPPLIES. OFFICIALLY...THE DROUGHT THAT PARCHED TEXAS
STARTING IN 2011 AND ITS LINGERING EFFECTS ARE NOT AS SEVERE AS
THE RECORD-MAKING "DROUGHT OF RECORD" THAT STRETCHED THROUGH THE
1950S. THAT DROUGHT HAS SINCE BEEN THE FOUNDATION OF ALL WATER
PLANNING IN THE STATE. BUT A COMBINATION OF FACTORS...INCLUDING A
RAPIDLY EXPANDING POPULATION...MORE UPSTREAM DIVERSIONS TO MEET
THOSE GROWING NEEDS...AND YEARS WITHOUT A MAJOR TROPICAL SYSTEM
HAVE IN SOME WAYS MADE THIS DRY SPELL WORSE. AS A RESULT...LOCAL
AUTHORITIES HAVE LAKES THAT HAVE LITTLE TO NO WATER. THAT IS
FORCING OFFICIALS TO PRIORITIZE HOW TO DISTRIBUTE THE DWINDLING
WATER SUPPLIES WHILE RUSHING TO FIND NEW RESOURCES AND RAPIDLY
BUILDING THE NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE IN TIME FOR THE NEXT BIG
DROUGHT...WHICH CLIMATOLOGISTS SAY WILL BECOME MORE OF A NORM DUE
TO GLOBAL WARMING.

IN A RECENT ARTICLE IN THE BROWNFIELD AG NEWS FOR AMERICA
(HTTP://BROWNFIELDAGNEWS.COM/)...WHEAT CONDITIONS AROUND TEXAS
DECLINED OVER THE PAST WEEK...AND ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS OFFICE OF
THE NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE...THE STATE IS MOSTLY
IN A MODERATE DROUGHT...WHILE PARTS OF THE PANHANDLE ARE IN AN
EXTREME TO SEVERE DROUGHT. AS OF FEBRUARY 16...44% OF THE TEXAS
WINTER WHEAT CROP IS CALLED POOR TO VERY POOR...WHILE ONLY 17% IS
RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. THE OFFICE SAYS 51% OF PASTURES AND
RANGELANDS ARE IN POOR TO VERY POOR CONDITION...AND PASTURES AND
PONDS ACROSS THE STATE NEED MOISTURE.

IN ANOTHER ARTICLE IN THE DALLAS BUSINESS JOURNAL
(HTTP://WWW.BIZJOURNALS.COM/DALLAS/)...BEEF PRICES RISING FASTER
THAN THE SMOKE FROM YOUR FAVORITE BARBECUE RESTAURANT ARE CAUSING
RESTAURANT OPERATORS REAL FINANCIAL HEARTBURN (ACCORDING TO A
REPORT IN THE FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM). CONTINUED DROUGHT
CONDITIONS IN THE STATE HAVE CAUSED THE U.S. CATTLE HERD TO SHRINK
TO ITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE THE 1950S. THE SMALLER HERD HAS CAUSED
THE AVERAGE PRICE OF BEEF TO RISE TO A RECORD $5.04 PER POUND. THE
STAR-TELEGRAM SAID THAT THE RISING BEEF PRICES ARE CAUSING
"STICKER SHOCK" FOR BARBECUE SMOKERS ACROSS THE STATE. THE
ARTICLE SAID THE SITUATION IS A CASE OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND -- A
HIGH DEMAND IN A STATE THAT LOVES ITS BARBECUE VERSUS A LOW SUPPLY
OF BEEF. THAT MEANS THAT UNTIL THE NUMBER OF CATTLE FATTENING ON
THE RANGE INCREASES...BARBECUE LOVERS STATEWIDE WILL CONTINUE TO
SEE HIGHER PRICES FOR THEIR BELOVED SMOKED MEAT MEALS.


THE TEXAS CROP AND WEATHER REPORTS FOR FEBRUARY 18 AND FEBRUARY 25
CONTAINED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

FOR THE COASTAL BEND DISTRICT:

* SOIL TEMPERATURES AT PLANTING DEPTHS WERE RELATIVELY COOL AND
  MAY DELAY PLANTING. ROW CROP PRODUCERS PLANNED TO PLANT AS SOON
  AS TEMPERATURES STABILIZED.

* THE RECENT COLD WEATHER...AND...IN SOME AREAS...RAIN...DELAYED
  FIELDWORK. MOST GROWERS HAD APPLIED FERTILIZER AND HERBICIDES.
  HOWEVER...HIGHER TEMPERATURES AND STRONG WINDS COMBINED TO DRY
  OUT SOILS AND BLOW PLOWED FIELDS.

* WHEAT WAS IN GOOD CONDITION. HOWEVER...WHEAT SHOWED YELLOWING
  AS A RESULT OF NO RAIN. CANOLA BEGAN TO FLOWER.

* ADDITIONAL RAIN WAS NEEDED FOR PLANTING.

* CATTLE PRODUCERS CONTINUED TO PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL FEED AND HAY
  AS WINTER PASTURE CONDITIONS WERE AT BEST MEDIOCRE. LIVESTOCK
  PRODUCERS WERE CUTTING BACK ON FEEDING HAY DUE TO LACK OF
  AVAILABILITY.

* CORN PLANTING BEGAN IN SOME AREAS. BECAUSE OF THE COOLER WEATHER
  FORECAST FOR THIS WEEK...SOME PRODUCERS HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO START
  PLANTING.


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

* IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE REGION...IRRIGATED WHEAT AND OATS
  CONTINUED TO DEVELOP WELL. SOIL MOISTURE WAS SHORT TO VERY
  SHORT.

* WITHOUT RAIN...SOIL MOISTURE CONTINUED TO DECLINE. WINDS FURTHER
  CONTRIBUTED TO THE DRYING OF RANGELAND AND PASTURES.

* IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE REGION...SOIL MOISTURE WAS SHORT TO
  VERY SHORT.

* IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE REGION...WINTER OATS WERE DOING
  WELL...AND PRODUCERS CONTINUED TO IRRIGATE CABBAGE...
  ONIONS...SPINACH AND SMALL GRAINS. SOIL MOISTURE CONTINUED TO
  DECLINE WITH NOT MUCH SPRING GREENING OF NATIVE RANGELAND AND
  PASTURES.

* JIM WELLS COUNTY RECEIVED SOME LIGHT MOISTURE...WHICH HELPED
  WHEAT...BUT A SIGNIFICANT RAIN WAS STILL NEEDED TO IMPROVE
  OTHER CROPS...AS WELL AS RANGELAND AND PASTURES.

* IN MCMULLEN COUNTY...CATTLE BODY CONDITION SCORES BEGAN TO
  DECLINE AS THE CALVING SEASON CONTINUED. ALSO...LIVESTOCK
  PRODUCERS WERE PROVIDING SUPPLEMENTAL FEED AT A STEADY
  PACE...AND CATTLE BODY CONDITION SCORES REMAINED IN FAIR
  CONDITION. SUPPLEMENTAL FEEDING OF LIVESTOCK WAS ONGOING IN
  OTHER AREAS.

* SOME PASTURES GREENED UP AS SOIL TEMPERATURES ROSE BUT WERE HELD
  BACK FROM LACK OF MOISTURE. IN SOME AREAS...POTATO PLANTING WAS
  COMPLETED...EARLY CORN PLANTING BEGAN...AND IRRIGATED WHEAT AND
  OATS CONTINUED TO DEVELOP.

* IN LIVE OAK COUNTY...OATS AND WINTER WHEAT WERE IN GOOD CONDITION.

* IN WEBB COUNTY...RANCHERS WERE CONSIDERING RESTOCKING
  CATTLE...BUT AS THE COST OF REPLENISHING HERDS REMAINED
  HIGH...THEY WERE WAITING TO SEE HOW THE MARKET WILL DO IN THE
  NEXT FEW MONTHS. ALSO IN THAT COUNTY...STOCK-TANK WATER LEVELS
  ALREADY LOWER THAN NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR ? CONTINUED TO
  DECLINE.


FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.
ACCORDING TO THE 5 DAY AVERAGE FIRE DANGER MAP FROM THE TEXAS
INTER-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER (TICC) ON FEBRUARY 26...NEARLY
ALL OF THE HSA IS IN A LOW FIRE DANGER...WITH MOST OF LA SALLE...
MCMULLEN...LIVE OAK AND A SMALL PORTION OF BEE COUNTY ARE IN A
MODERATE FIRE DANGER. DESPITE THE LACK OF RAINFALL...THE FIRE
DANGER HAS BEEN LOW TO MODERATE DUE TO HIGH HUMIDITY AND LIGHT TO
MODERATE WINDS. HOWEVER...AS SPRING APPROACHES AND SIGNIFICANT
RAINFALL CONTINUES TO BE LACKING...THE FIRE DANGER WILL INCREASE
AT TIMES...ESPECIALLY WHEN PACIFIC COLD FRONTS BRING LOW
HUMIDITY...HIGH WINDS BUT NO RAINFALL.

ALTHOUGH RAINFALL ON FEBRUARY 25-26 WAS WIDESPREAD...IT WAS NOT
SUFFICIENT TO BRING A DRAMATIC CHANGE IN KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT
INDICES (KBDI). IN FACT...IN A FEW COUNTIES THE AVERAGE VALUES
INCREASED. FOR THE MOST PART...COUNTY AVERAGED KBDI VALUES ARE IN
THE MODERATE RANGE. AS OF FEBRUARY 27...THE FOLLOWING KBDI
AVERAGES WERE OBSERVED:

 0 TO 200:  NONE.

200 TO 300: WEBB AND LA SALLE COUNTIES

300 TO 400: NUECES...KLEBERG AND CALHOUN COUNTIES.

400 TO 500: DUVAL...MCMULLEN...JIM WELLS...SAN PATRICIO...BEE AND
            ARANSAS COUNTIES.

500 TO 600: GOLIAD...VICTORIA...LIVE OAK AND REFUGIO COUNTIES.

600 TO 700: NONE.

700 TO 800: NONE.

UNLESS WIDESPREAD AND SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL OCCURS OVER THE HSA IN
THE NEAR FUTURE...KBDI VALUES WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE...AND MAY
REACH HIGH OR VERY HIGH VALUES. IF CONDITIONS REMAIN DRY...THE
UPCOMING PEAK OF THE FIRE DANGER SEASON WILL BE MORE DANGEROUS...
WHICH COULD BRING MORE FREQUENT CRITICAL TO EXTREME FIRE DANGER
CONDITIONS TO SOUTH TEXAS.


RIVER AND HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS.
ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS STREAM-FLOW MAP ON FEBRUARY 27 2014...MOST
RIVER AND CREEK LEVELS REMAIN BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL OVER THE
HSA. LOCATIONS WITH WELL BELOW NORMAL FLOWS INCLUDE THE FRIO
RIVER...THE ATASCOSA RIVER...THE MISSION RIVER...THE GUADALUPE
RIVER AT VICTORIA...AND PLACEDO CREEK. THE ONLY LOCATIONS WITH
NEAR NORMAL FLOWS ARE THE NUECES RIVER...THE ARANSAS RIVER...AND
COLETO CREEK AT VICTORIA. FLOWS ON THE RIO GRANDE ARE SLIGHTLY
BELOW NORMAL.

FLOWS ALONG THE GUADALUPE RIVER AT VICTORIA HAVE GENERALLY BEEN
RUNNING AROUND 5.5 FEET (404 CFS). THIS IS WELL BELOW NORMAL FOR
THIS TIME OF YEAR...DUE TO LACK OF THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY NORMALLY
SEEN DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR. 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.

ALTHOUGH WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINFALL HAS BEEN LACKING OVER SOUTH
TEXAS DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS...RESERVOIR LEVELS OVER CHOKE
CANYON AND LAKE CORPUS CHRISTI HAVE NOT FALLEN DRAMATICALLY
(ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE DECREASED). AS OF FEBRUARY 27 2014...THE LEVEL
AT CHOKE CANYON DAM WAS AT 196.9 FEET (33.3 PERCENT CAPACITY)...
WITH LAKE CORPUS CHRISTI AT 91.9 FEET (85.6 PERCENT CAPACITY). THE
COMBINED SYSTEM CAPACITY FOR THE CORPUS CHRISTI WATER SUPPLY WAS
AT 47.4 PERCENT...WHICH IS 0.5 PERCENTAGE POINTS LOWER THAN ON
FEBRUARY 13 2014. LAKE TEXANA ALSO FELL SLIGHTLY...WITH THE LATEST
LEVEL AT 40.5 FEET (80.8 PERCENT CAPACITY)...OR 0.3 PERCENTAGE
POINTS LOWER THAN ON FEBRUARY 13. THE POOL LEVEL ON COLETO CREEK
ACTUALLY ROSE 0.11 FEET SINCE FEBRUARY 13...WITH THE CURRENT LEVEL
AT 93.98 FEET. CANYON DAM WAS AT 900.91 FEET (ABOUT 84 PERCENT)...
OR ONLY 0.08 FEET LOWER THAN ON FEBRUARY 13. LAKE AMISTAD
CONTINUES TO RISE SLIGHTLY...WITH THE RESERVOIR NOW AT 1081.96
FEET (45 PERCENT CAPACITY)...OR 0.19 FEET HIGHER THAN ON FEBRUARY
13.


CLIMATE SUMMARY...
IF NOT FOR THE RAINFALL WHICH OCCURRED DURING FEBRUARY 25-26...
THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY WOULD HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY DRY. STILL...
RAINFALL HAS BEEN WELL BELOW NORMAL OVER THE HSA. ACCORDING TO THE
ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE (AHPS) RAINFALL
ANALYSIS... MOST AREAS EAST OF HIGHWAY 281 AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE
37 SAW RAINFALL AMOUNTS BETWEEN 1/2 AND 1 INCH...WITH AREAS
FARTHER SOUTH AND WEST SEEING NO MORE THAN 1/2 INCH OF
PRECIPITATION. THE AHPS PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL RAINFALL FOR FEBRUARY
SHOWS NEARLY ALL OF THE HSA (MORE THAN 90 PERCENT) RECEIVING NO
MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL RAINFALL (WITH NO AREAS
HAVING ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL). WITH NO RAINFALL EXPECTED THROUGH
THE END OF FEBRUARY...IT APPEARS THAT BELOW NORMAL MONTHLY
RAINFALL WILL ONCE AGAIN OCCUR OVER THE HSA.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE TOTAL MONTHLY RAINFALL AMOUNTS
THROUGH FEBRUARY 27...IN 2014...AND FOR THE 2014 WATER YEAR WHICH
BEGAN OCTOBER 1 2013. ALL VALUES ARE IN INCHES...RAINFALL DEFICITS
ARE SHOWN IN PARENTHESIS (A "+" INDICATES A SURPLUS):

    2014 WATER YEAR
                    FEBRUARY 27         2014         10/1/2013 -
                                                     02/27/2014

CORPUS CHRISTI     0.24  (1.60)     0.91  (2.47)    7.04  (3.78)

VICTORIA           0.52  (1.47)     1.66  (2.85)    7.35  (7.35)

LAREDO AIRPORT     0.13  (0.76)     0.21  (1.58)    5.62  (0.45)

FOR THE THREE CLIMATE STATIONS...THE 2014 PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL
RAINFALL WAS: 26.9 PERCENT AT CORPUS CHRISTI...36.8 PERCENT AT
VICTORIA...AND 11.7 PERCENT AT LAREDO.

THE 2014 WATER YEAR PERCENTAGES THROUGH FEBRUARY 27 2014 ARE: 65.1
PERCENT AT CORPUS CHRISTI...50.0 PERCENT AT VICTORIA...AND 92.6
PERCENT AT LAREDO.

CONCERNING TEMPERATURES DURING FEBRUARY...IT APPEARS THAT AVERAGE
MONTHLY TEMPERATURES WILL BE BELOW NORMAL AT CORPUS CHRISTI...
SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL AT VICTORIA...AND NEAR NORMAL AT LAREDO
(GIVEN THE FORECAST TEMPERATURES FOR FEBRUARY 28). SINCE FEBRUARY
26...AVERAGE TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN 1.0 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AT
CORPUS CHRISTI...0.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AT VICTORIA...AND 0.1
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT LAREDO.

ACCORDING TO THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC)...EL-
NINO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) NEUTRAL CONDITIONS CONTINUE
OVER THE EASTERN PACIFIC. DURING THE FOUR WEEKS...EQUATORIAL SEA
SURFACE TEMPERATURES (SST) WERE BELOW AVERAGE OVER THE EASTERN AND
EAST- CENTRAL PACIFIC OCEAN...WHILE REMAINING ABOVE AVERAGE OVER
THE WESTERN PACIFIC.

CPC STATES NO CHANGE TO THE OCEANIC NINO INDEX (ONI). THE 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 (NOVEMBER 2013-JANUARY 2014) IS
-0.4 DEGREES CELSIUS...WHICH IS A NEUTRAL ENSO CONDITION.

ACCORDING TO CPC...THE PROSPECTS FOR AN EL-NINO EVENT CONTINUE TO
LOOK MORE AND MORE LIKELY. AS OF FEBRUARY 6...ENSO NEUTRAL
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE NORTHERN
HEMISPHERIC SPRING 2014...WITH THE POSSIBLE ONSET OF AN EL-NINO
SOMETIME AFTER THE SPRING. MODEL CONSENSUS FORECASTS CONTINUE TO
TREND MORE AND MORE TOWARD AN EL-NINO EVENT...POSSIBLY STARTING AS
EARLY AS THE LATE SUMMER OR EARLY FALL.

AS OF FEBRUARY 6...PROBABILISTIC ENSO OUTLOOKS HAVE NOT CHANGED.
THESE OUTLOOKS SHOW NEARLY EQUAL PROBABILITIES FOR ENSO-NEUTRAL
CONDITIONS AS THEY DO FOR EL-NINO CONDITIONS FOR THE JULY-AUGUST-
SEPTEMBER TIME INTERVAL...WITH A GREATER PROBABILITY FOR EL-NINO
EVENT DURING THE LATE SUMMER OR FALL. FOR THE FORECAST DURING THE
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER-NOVEMBER INTERVAL...THERE IS ABOUT A 49 PERCENT
PROBABILITY FOR EL-NINO CONDITIONS...A 45 PERCENT PROBABILITY FOR
ENSO NEUTRAL CONDITIONS...AND ONLY ABOUT A 6 PERCENT CHANCE FOR
LA NINA CONDITIONS TO DEVELOP.


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...
THE RAINFALL FORECAST FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS (FEBRUARY 28 THROUGH
MARCH 6 2014) IS AS FOLLOWS. NO SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL IS EXPECTED
TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY. THERE IS A CHANCE FOR PRECIPITATION
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY...MAINLY OVER THE VICTORIA AREA AND
NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE COASTAL BEND...WITH THE BETTER CHANCES
FOR PRECIPITATION SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT AS A COLD FRONT MOVES
THROUGH THE AREA. THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANCE FOR MAINLY LIGHT RAIN
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OVER ESSENTIALLY ALL OF SOUTH TEXAS...WITH
NO RAINFALL EXPECTED ON THURSDAY. RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO
AVERAGE BETWEEN 1/4 AND 1/2 INCH OVER THE VICTORIA CROSSROADS
REGION AND NORTHEASTERN COASTAL BEND...WITH LOWER AMOUNTS FARTHER
SOUTH AND WEST.

THE TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FOR FEBRUARY 28 THROUGH MARCH 6 IS AS
FOLLOWS. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE ABOVE NORMAL FRIDAY
THROUGH SUNDAY...THEN A COLD FRONT WILL BRING BELOW NORMAL
TEMPERATURES TO THE REGION MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.

THE 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK...VALID FOR THE PERIOD MARCH 7 THROUGH
MARCH 13...CALLS FOR A GREATER PROBABILITY FOR BELOW NORMAL
RAINFALL AND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES.

THE MARCH 2014 TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL OUTLOOKS...ISSUED ON
FEBRUARY 20...BOTH FORECAST EQUAL CHANCES NEAR/ABOVE/BELOW NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION OVER THE ENTIRE HSA.

THE THREE MONTH PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS FOR THE
PERIOD MARCH THROUGH MAY 2014 SHOW THE FOLLOWING. FOR
TEMPERATURES...THERE IS A GREATER PROBABILITY FOR ABOVE NORMAL
VALUES OVER THE ENTIRE HSA. FOR PRECIPITATING...THERE IS A GREATER
PROBABILITY FOR BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL OVER THE COASTAL COUNTIES
AND VICTORIA AREA...WITH EQUAL CHANCES FOR NEAR/ABOVE/BELOW NORMAL
RAINFALL OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE HSA.

THE MONTHLY DROUGHT OUTLOOK FOR MARCH HAS NOT BEEN ISSUED AS OF
FEBRUARY 27.

THE SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...ISSUED ON FEBRUARY 20 AND VALID
MARCH THROUGH THE END OF MAY...SHOWS DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSISTING OR
INTENSIFYING OVER THE CURRENT DROUGHT AREAS...AND DEVELOPING OVER
AREAS NOT CURRENTLY IN DROUGHT.

FINALLY...THE LAGGED SOIL MOISTURE OUTLOOK FOR THE END OF MAY 2014
CALLS FOR NEAR NORMAL SOIL MOISTURE ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE PLAINS
AND BRUSH COUNTRY...WITH SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL SOIL MOISTURE
CONDITIONS FARTHER EAST. THE GREATEST ANOMALIES (-40 MM TO -60
MM) ARE FORECAST OVER THE NORTHEASTERN COASTAL BEND AND VICTORIA
AREA).

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON OR
SHORTLY AFTER MARCH 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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