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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX
353 PM CDT THU AUG 28 2014

...EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS RETURN TO PORTIONS OF SOUTH TEXAS...

...CORPUS CHRISTI AND VICTORIA NOW IN SEVERE DROUGHT STATUS...

...SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER RAINFALL OUTLOOK CALLS FOR A GREATER
CHANCE FOR ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL OVER SOUTH TEXAS...

.SYNOPSIS...
AS OF AUGUST 26...RAINFALL OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS OVER SOUTH TEXAS
HAS BEEN VERY LIMITED...WITH ONLY ISOLATED HEAVY RAINFALL OBSERVED
OVER THE REGION. MOST AREAS HAVE SEEN LESS THAN 25 PERCENT OF
THEIR NORMAL RAINFALL SINCE MID AUGUST...WITH A LARGE PORTION OF
THE COASTAL AREAS RECEIVING LESS THAN 10 PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL
RAINFALL DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS. BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF
PRECIPITATION... DROUGHT CONDITIONS SPREAD OVER EASTERN PORTIONS
OF THE HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA (HSA)...WITH EXTREME DROUGHT
CONDITIONS NOW OBSERVED OVER COASTAL REGIONS OF KLEBERG COUNTY (AND
A VERY SMALL PORTION OF EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN NUECES COUNTY).
ALSO...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS RETURNED TO PORTIONS OF THE
VICTORIA AREA (INCLUDING THE CITY OF VICTORIA)...AS WELL AS THE
EASTERN PORTIONS OF NUECES AND SAN PATRICIO COUNTIES (INCLUDING
THE CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI).


THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR PRODUCT...VALID AS OF 7 AM EDT AUGUST
26 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 NOW IN D1 STATUS...INCLUDING
THE CITY OF ROCKPORT.

BEE COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER ALL OF THE COUNTY...
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF BEEVILLE AND SKIDMORE.

CALHOUN COUNTY: D2 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER ALL BUT THE EXTREME
NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES
OF PORT O`CONNOR...POINT COMFORT...OLIVIA AND PORT LAVACA.
THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY IS IN D1 STATUS...INCLUDING THE
COMMUNITY OF PALO ALTO BEACH.

DUVAL COUNTY: D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE EXTREME NORTHERN
PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITY OF SEVEN
SISTERS. THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY IS DROUGHT FREE...AND INCLUDE
THE COMMUNITIES OF FREER...ROSITA...SAN DIEGO...BENAVIDES AND
REALITOS.

GOLIAD COUNTY: D2 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER THE NORTHERN THIRD OF
THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF WESER...ANDER AND
SCHROEDER. D1 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY...
AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF GOLIAD AND CHARCO.

JIM WELLS COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER EXTREME
NORTHEASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY...NEAR AND
EAST OF SANDIA AND A COUPLE OF MILES EAST OF LA GLORIA. OUTSIDE
THIS D1 AREA...D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER ALL BUT EXTREME WEST-
CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY (WHICH IS DROUGHT FREE...NEAR AND
WEST OF PALITO BLANCO). THE COMMUNITIES OF ALICE...ORANGE GROVE
AND PREMONT ARE IN D0 STATUS.

KLEBERG COUNTY: D3 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER THE COASTAL AREAS OF
THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE SOUTH BIRD ISLAND AND THE PADRE ISLAND
RANGER STATION. OUTSIDE THE D3 AREA...D2 CONDITIONS EXIST UP TO
THE EASTERN THIRD OF THE COUNTY...MAINLY IN RURAL AREAS AND NEAR
RIVERA BEACH. D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE WESTERN-MOST PORTIONS
OF THE COUNTY...WHICH INCLUDES KINGSVILLE AIRPORT. D1 CONDITIONS
EXIST OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY (OUTSIDE THE D3 AND D2
AREAS)...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF KINGSVILLE...RIVERA AND
RICARDO.

LA SALLE COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER THE EXTREME
NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY (RURAL AREAS). OUTSIDE THE D1
AREA...D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE NORTHEASTERN HALF OF THE
COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF COTULLA...FOWLERTON...AND
WOODWARD. THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY REMAINS DROUGHT FREE...AND
INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF ARTESIA WELLS AND ATLEE.

LIVE OAK COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE NORTHERN THIRD AND
EXTREME EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE
COMMUNITIES OF THREE RIVERS...LA PARA AND ARGENTA (AND BORDER
SWINNY SWITCH AND COMELIA). THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY REMAINS IN
D0 STATUS...INCLUDING THE COMMUNITIES OF GEORGE WEST...
DINERO...AND SANDIA.

MCMULLEN COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER THE EXTREME
NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY (RURAL AREAS)...A COUPLE OF MILES
NORTH OF CALLIHAN. OUTSIDE THE D1 AREA...D0 CONDITIONS EXIST
ESSENTIALLY FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTY...INCLUDING THE COMMUNITIES
OF TILDEN AND CALLIHAM.

NUECES COUNTY: D2 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER ABOUT THE SOUTHEASTERN
THIRD OF THE COUNTY (JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY VILLAGE AND THE CORPUS
CHRISTI AIRPORT)...AND INCLUDE THE CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI AS WELL
AS FLOUR BLUFF AND CHAPMAN RANCH. OUTSIDE THIS D2 AREA...D1
CONDITIONS EXIST OVER ALL BUT EXTREME NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF THE
COUNTY (D0 STATUS AND IN RURAL AREAS). THE COMMUNITIES OF
CALALLEN...BANQUETTE...PALO ALTO...PORT ARANSAS...AND DRISCOLL ARE
IN D1 STATUS. NOTE: THERE IS A VERY SMALL PORTION OF EXTREME
SOUTHEASTERN NUECES COUNTY IN D3 STATUS JUST NORTH OF BOB HALL
PIER BUT INCLUDES NO LANDMARKS OR COMMUNITIES.

REFUGIO COUNTY: D2 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER EXTREME NORTHEASTERN
PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY...NEAR AND EAST OF THE TIVOLI COAST
AIRPORT. OTHERWISE...D1 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER THE REMAINDER OF
THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF REFUGIO...TIVOLI AND
WOODSBORO.

SAN PATRICIO COUNTY: D2 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE EXTREME
SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE INGLESIDE BY THE
BAY (BUT NOT INGLESIDE). OUTSIDE THIS AREA...D1 CONDITIONS EXIST
OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY (EXCEPT FOR EXTREME WESTERN
PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY WHICH IS IN D0 STATUS NEAR AND WEST OF
LAKE CORPUS CHRISTI CONTAINING NO COMMUNITIES OR LANDMARKS). THE
COMMUNITIES OF PORTLAND...SINTON...AND MATHIS ARE IN D1 STATUS.

VICTORIA COUNTY: D2 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER ALL BUT THE EXTREME
NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY AND EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN
PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY (WHICH IS IN D1 STATUS AND CONTAINS NO
COMMUNITIES OR LANDMARKS). THE CITY OF VICTORIA AND THE
COMMUNITIES OF PLACEDO...MISSION VALLEY...INEZ AND SALEM ARE IN
D2 STATUS.

WEBB COUNTY: ALL OF THE COUNTY IS CONSIDERED DROUGHT-FREE.
THUS...LAREDO AND THE COMMUNITIES OF BRUNI AND OILTON HAVE 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 AUGUST
27...THERE HAS BEEN NO CHANGE IN BURN BANS. THUS...GOLIAD...
VICTORIA...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. 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 ALLOWED 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
AUGUST 20 2014) WHICH HAVE WATER RESTRICTIONS:

REMOVED RESTRICTIONS: NONE REMOVED.

NEW/AMENDED RESTRICTIONS:
LIVE OAK COUNTY: CITY OF THREE RIVERS (STAGE 1 FROM 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)

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)...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 CONTINUED LACK OF RAINFALL OVER MOST OF THE HSA ALONG WITH
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...SOIL MOISTURE CONTINUED TO DECLINE
OVER MUCH OF SOUTH TEXAS. THE RECENT SOIL MOISTURE ANOMALY
MAP FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (VALID ON AUGUST 27) SHOWS
BELOW NORMAL SOIL MOISTURE OVER THE REGION. ANOMALIES RANGE FROM
-40 MM TO -60 MM OVER THE WESTERN THIRD OF THE AREA...TO AS MUCH
AS -80 MM TO -100 MM OVER THE EXTREME NORTHEASTERN COASTAL BEND
AND VICTORIA AREA. SOIL MOISTURE PERCENTILES CONTINUE TO
FALL...WITH PERCENTILES BETWEEN 20 AND 30 PERCENT OVER THE WESTERN
HALF OF THE HSA...TO AS LOW AS 5 TO 10 PERCENT OVER THE EXTREME
NORTHEASTERN COASTAL BEND AND VICTORIA AREA. CROP MOISTURE INDICES
(VALID ON AUGUST 23) SHOW SEVERELY DRY CONDITIONS (-3.0 OR LESS)
OVER THE COASTAL BEND REGION...AND EXCESSIVELY DRY (-2.0 TO -2.9)
OVER THE WESTERN AREAS. IF MORE WIDESPREAD AND ABUNDANT RAINFALL
IS NOT RECEIVED SOON...ANOMALIES AND PERCENTILES WILL ONLY WORSEN.

IN A RECENT ARTICLE IN AGRI-LIFE TODAY...WHEN IT COMES TO
REPLACEMENT HEIFERS IN BEEF CATTLE OPERATIONS...PRODUCERS ARE
FACED WITH A DILEMMA: RAISE THEM...BUY THEM OR SELL THEM AND "TAKE
THE MONEY AND RUN"...SAID A TEXAS A&M AGRI-LIFE EXTENSION SERVICE
ECONOMIST...STAN BEVERS. LOOKING AT WHAT THE MARKET IS RIGHT NOW
FOR REPLACEMENT HEIFERS... THEY WERE ANYWHERE FROM $1,650 TO
$2,300 A HEAD. THE SECOND NUMBER WAS WHAT IT WAS COSTING THE
RANCHER TO RAISE THEM THEMSELVES. THE MARKET IS $1,650 TO $2,300 A
HEAD...AND IT TAKES AT LEAST $1,400 TO $1,500 TO RAISE ONE. NOW
SHE IS WORTH $2,300. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THOSE NUMBERS?"...SAID
THE EXPERT. IF NOTHING ELSE...IT ILLUSTRATES HOW COMPLEX THIS
DECISION IS RIGHT NOW...HE SAID. IT IS BASED ON WHAT TYPE OF
OPERATION YOU HAVE AND YOUR COSTS.


THE TEXAS CROP AND WEATHER REPORTS FOR AUGUST 19 AND AUGUST 26
CONTAINED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

FOR THE COASTAL BEND DISTRICT:

* HIGH TEMPERATURES CONTINUED TO DRY OUT SOILS.

* HARVESTS WERE ON SCHEDULE. COTTON YIELDS VARIED WIDELY DEPENDING
  ON PRECIPITATION AND PLANTING DATES...BUT OVERALL WERE GOOD.
  SEVERAL FIELDS WILL NOT BE HARVESTED AT ALL...AND STALKS
  SHREDDED.

* EARLY YIELD REPORTS FOR BOTH SOYBEANS AND COTTON WERE ABOVE
  AVERAGE. SOME COTTON FIELDS PRODUCED 3.5 BALES PER ACRE...AND
  SOYBEANS PRODUCED MORE THAN 50 BUSHELS PER ACRE.

* SOME HAY WAS BEING MADE. HAY MAKING CONTINUED AT A STEADY PACE.

* RICE YIELDS WERE ABOUT AVERAGE...WITH SOME FIELDS PRODUCING MORE
  THAN 8,500 POUNDS PER ACRE.

* RANGELAND CONDITIONS DECLINED AFTER A WEEK OF NEAR 100-DEGREE
  TEMPERATURES AND NO RAIN. CATTLE PRICES REMAINED HIGH...BUT
  INVENTORIES LOW.

* WATER LEVELS OF CREEKS AND PONDS WERE RAPIDLY DROPPING.


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

* CONDITIONS WERE FAVORABLE FOR HARVESTING BUT NOT FOR SOIL
  MOISTURE. RANGELAND AND PASTURES WERE DECLINING.

* IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE DISTRICT...EXTREMELY HOT
  TEMPERATURES TOOK A TOLL ON RANGELAND AND PASTURES.
  CROPS...THOUGH...WERE DOING WELL WITH THE HELP OF IRRIGATION.

* ALSO IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE REGION...IRRIGATION WAS ACTIVE
  ON PEANUTS AND HAY. CORN HARVESTING WAS COMPLETED...SORGHUM
  HARVESTING CONTINUED...COTTON WAS IN THE BOLL-OPENING
  STAGE...AND PEANUTS WERE SETTING PODS. FORAGE AVAILABILITY
  REMAINED VERY LIMITED IN SOME AREAS. STOCK-TANK WATER LEVELS
  WERE RAPIDLY DROPPING AS A RESULT OF HEAT AND HIGH EVAPORATION
  RATES.

* MCMULLEN COUNTY REPORTED SEVERAL TRUCKS WITH HAY BEING SHIPPED
  IN THE COUNTY DUE TO POOR PASTURE CONDITIONS. STOCK TANK WATER
  LEVELS IN SMALL AND SHALLOW TANKS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY WERE
  COMPLETELY DRY...AND CATTLE REMAINED IN LOW TO FAIR CONDITION.
  SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS WERE SHORT.

* IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE DISTRICT...THERE WERE A FEW SCATTERED
  SHOWERS BUT NOT ENOUGH TO HELP WITH RANGE AND PASTURE
  CONDITIONS. CORN AND HAY WERE BEING PROVIDED TO LIVESTOCK AND
  WILDLIFE TO OFFSET THE LACK OF GOOD GRAZING. SOIL MOISTURE WAS
  SHORT TO VERY SHORT. WIND COMBINED WITH THE EXTREMELY HOT
  TEMPERATURES WAS DRYING OUT FORAGES AT AN ALARMING RATE.

* IN JIM WELLS COUNTY...COTTON HARVESTING BEGAN AND PROGRESSED
  WELL THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT
  THE AREA WERE MOSTLY ADEQUATE.

* IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE DISTRICT...TRIPLE-DIGIT TEMPERATURES
  CONTINUED. SOIL MOISTURE RANGED FROM LARGELY ADEQUATE TO 100
  PERCENT SHORT. CROP PRODUCERS CONTINUED PREPARING SOIL FOR NEXT
  SEASON`S CROPS. PRODUCERS CONTINUED APPLYING IRRIGATION WATER TO
  COTTON...PECANS AND SUNFLOWERS. NATIVE RANGELAND AND PASTURES
  REMAINED IN MOSTLY FAIR CONDITION.

* ALSO IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE REGION...PRODUCERS WERE
  PREPARING FIELDS FOR FALL PLANTING AND BALING COASTAL BERMUDA
  GRASS HAY. RANCHERS WERE CULLING HERDS VERY LIGHTLY AND/OR
  RESTOCKING. SUPPLEMENTAL FEEDING WAS LIGHT DUE TO VERY MODERATE
  STOCKING RATES IN SOME AREAS BUT HAD TO BE INCREASED IN OTHERS
  AS PASTURES DECLINED. STOCK-TANK WATER LEVELS CONTINUED TO DROP
  DUE TO VERY HIGH EVAPORATION RATES. CORN AND SORGHUM WERE BEING
  HARVESTED...AND MOST COTTON WAS AT THE DRYING STAGE. PECAN
  GROWERS WERE IRRIGATING ORCHARDS AS THE CROP WAS AT ITS CRITICAL
  NUT-DEVELOPMENT STAGE.


FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.
ACCORDING TO THE 5 DAY AVERAGE FIRE DANGER MAP FROM THE TEXAS
INTER-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER (TICC) ON AUGUST 27...THERE IS A
MODERATE FIRE DANGER OVER NEARLY ALL OF THE HSA...WITH A HIGH FIRE
DANGER OVER THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE BRUSH COUNTRY...RIO
GRANDE PLAINS AND EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF THE COASTAL
BEND.

WITH VERY LIMITED RAINFALL OVER THE AREA ALONG WITH CONTINUE ABOVE
NORMAL DAYTIME TEMPERATURES...COUNTY AVERAGED KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT
INDICES HAVE INCREASED TO HIGH LEVELS OVER THE NORTHERN COUNTIES
OF SOUTH TEXAS. AS OF AUGUST 27...THE FOLLOWING KBDI AVERAGES WERE
OBSERVED:

 0 TO 200:  NONE.

200 TO 300: NONE.

300 TO 400: NONE.

400 TO 500: NONE.

500 TO 600: KLEBERG...NUECES...SAN PATRICIO...JIM WELLS...
            DUVAL...ARANSAS AND WEBB COUNTIES.

600 TO 700: BEE...GOLIAD...VICTORIA...REFUGIO...MCMULLEN....
            CALHOUN...LIVE OAK AND LA SALLE COUNTIES.

700 TO 800: NONE.

KBDI AVERAGES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE UNLESS ADDITIONAL WIDESPREAD
RAINFALL OCCURS.


RIVER AND HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS.
ACCORDING TO THE USGS STREAMFLOW MAP ON AUGUST 28...RIVER LEVELS
ARE BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL OVER NEARLY ALL OF THE HSA. NEAR
NORMAL FLOWS WERE OBSERVED ON THE NUECES RIVER AT THREE RIVERS AND
MATHIS (WHERE WATER IS BEING RELEASED BY THE RESERVOIRS). NEAR
NORMAL FLOWS WERE OBSERVED ON THE RIO GRANDE.

FOR THE MOST PART...RECENT FLOWS ON THE GUADALUPE RIVER AT
VICTORIA HAVE BEEN BETWEEN 4.0 FEET (120 CFS) AND 4.3 FEET (159
CFS). THE RIVER HAS FALLEN BELOW 150 CFS SINCE AUGUST 18. THE CITY
OF VICTORIA CAN OBTAIN ITS WATER FROM THE RIVER WHEN FLOWS ARE
ABOVE 150 CFS (ABOUT 4.24 FEET).

ABOVE NORMAL DAYTIME TEMPERATURES (WHICH INCREASE EVAPORATION)
COMBINED WITH LACK OF RAINFALL AND PEAK SUMMERTIME USAGE CONTINUE
TO DEPLETE RESERVOIR STORAGE. AS OF AUGUST 28...THE LEVEL AT CHOKE
CANYON DAM WAS AT 193.9 FEET (27.7 PERCENT CAPACITY)...WITH LAKE
CORPUS CHRISTI AT 87.1 FEET (55.1 PERCENT CAPACITY). THE COMBINED
SYSTEM CAPACITY FOR THE CORPUS CHRISTI WATER SUPPLY WAS AT 35.1
PERCENT...WHICH IS 1.6 PERCENTAGE POINTS LOWER THAN ON AUGUST 14.

SINCE AUGUST 14...LAKE TEXANA FELL 0.7 FEET TO 41.8 FEET (87.7
PERCENT CAPACITY).

SINCE AUGUST 14...COLETO CREEK FELL 0.58 FEET...WITH THE CURRENT
LEVEL AT 94.88 FEET.

CANYON DAM FELL 0.61 FEET SINCE AUGUST 14...WITH THE CURRENT LEVEL
AT 898.58 FEET (79 PERCENT CAPACITY).

FINALLY...THE LEVEL AT LAKE AMISTAD WAS 1075.47 FEET (38
PERCENT). SINCE AUGUST 14...THE LAKE HAS RISEN 0.23 FEET (DUE TO
WATER RECEIVED FROM MEXICO).

RESERVOIRS WILL CONTINUE TO FALL UNLESS WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINFALL
IS OBSERVED.


CLIMATE SUMMARY...
MOST OF SOUTH TEXAS HAS SEEN BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL IN AUGUST (AS OF
AUGUST 27)...ESPECIALLY THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE HSA WHERE
MUCH OF NORTHERN LA SALLE AND MCMULLEN COUNTIES HAVE SEEN NO MORE
THAN 25 PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL RAINFALL. WHILE ABOVE NORMAL
RAINFALL HAS BEEN OBSERVED SO FAR IN AUGUST OVER MUCH OF JIM
WELLS...WESTERN NUECES...AND PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN DUVAL AND WEBB
COUNTIES...MUCH OF WEBB COUNTY AND COASTAL AREAS OF THE COASTAL
BEND HAVE SEEN NO MORE THAN 75 PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL RAINFALL SO
FAR IN AUGUST. SINCE AUGUST 14...THE CITIES OF VICTORIA AND LAREDO
OFFICIALLY HAVE NOT SEEN ANY MEASURABLE RAINFALL.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE TOTAL MONTHLY RAINFALL AMOUNTS
THROUGH AUGUST 27...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
                    AUGUST 27           2014        10/1/2013 -
                                                    08/27/2014

CORPUS CHRISTI     1.04 (-1.28)    10.29 (-8.45)   14.99  (-9.46)

VICTORIA           0.40 (-1.94)    18.16 (-8.20)   23.32 (-12.70)

LAREDO AIRPORT     0.49 (-1.00)     7.41 (-5.19)   11.93  (-4.06)

FOR THE THREE CLIMATE STATIONS...THE 2014 PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL
RAINFALL THROUGH AUGUST 27 ARE: 54.9 PERCENT AT CORPUS CHRISTI...
68.1 PERCENT AT VICTORIA...AND 58.8 PERCENT AT LAREDO.

THE 2014 WATER YEAR PERCENTAGES THROUGH AUGUST 27 2014 ARE: 61.3
PERCENT AT CORPUS CHRISTI...64.7 PERCENT AT VICTORIA...AND 74.6
PERCENT AT LAREDO.

TEMPERATURES DURING AUGUST HAVE BEEN ABOVE NORMAL AT MOST
LOCATIONS...ESPECIALLY FOR DAYTIME TEMPERATURES. AS OF AUGUST
27...TEMPERATURES WERE 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT CORPUS
CHRISTI...3.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT VICTORIA...AND 2.2 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL 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 AROUND 65 PERCENT.

ACCORDING TO CPC...ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS REMAIN. RECENTLY...
SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES (SST) HAVE INCREASED OVER THE EAST-
CENTRAL PACIFIC...WHILE REMAINING ABOVE AVERAGE IN THE WESTERN AND
EASTERN PACIFIC.

DURING THE LAST 4 WEEKS...POSITIVE SST ANOMALIES PERSISTED IN THE
EASTERN PACIFIC AND WEST OF THE INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE. ALSO...
POSITIVE ANOMALIES RETURNED TO PORTIONS OF THE EAST- CENTRAL
EQUATORIAL PACIFIC.

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 (MAY 2014 - JULY 2014) IS +0.1 DEGREES CELSIUS (WITHIN THE
ENSO-NEUTRAL RANGE OF -0.5 DEGREES CELSIUS TO +0.5 DEGREES
CELSIUS).

MOST MODELS ARE STILL PREDICTING EL-NINO TO DEVELOP BY THE END OF
THE YEAR...AND MAINTAIN THESE CONDITIONS THROUGH THE NORTHERN
HEMISPHERIC WINTER 2014-2015. BY THE END OF 2014 (OCTOBER-
NOVEMBER- DECEMBER TIME FRAME)...THE CHANCES FOR EL-NINO ONLY GO
UP TO ABOUT 65 PERCENT...WITH SLIGHTLY DIMINISHING PROBABILITIES
OF EL-NINO CONDITIONS BY THE DECEMBER-JANUARY-FEBRUARY TIME FRAME
(BUT STILL ABOVE 60 PERCENT).


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...
THE RAINFALL FORECAST FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS (AUGUST 29 THROUGH
SEPTEMBER 4) IS AS FOLLOWS. RAINFALL CHANCES CONTINUE THROUGH THE
WEEKEND...AS THE TROPICAL LOW CONTINUES TO PUSH ABUNDANT MOISTURE
INTO SOUTH TEXAS. THE BEST CHANCES FOR PRECIPITATION WILL BE OVER
THE COASTAL AREAS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. NO PRECIPITATION IS
EXPECTED ON MONDAY...WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE FOR PRECIPITATION
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY OVER MOST OF SOUTH TEXAS. AVERAGE
RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE BETWEEN 1 AND 2 1/2 INCHES OVER THE
COASTAL COUNTIES AND SOUTHERN COASTAL BEND (HIGHEST VALUES NEAR
THE COAST)...WITH LESS THAN 1 INCH FARTHER WEST AND NORTH. OF
COURSE...LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS CAN BE EXPECTED.

THE TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FOR AUGUST 29 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4 IS AS
FOLLOWS. FOR THE MOST PART...TEMPERATURES WILL BE NEAR NORMAL TO
SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH THE PERIOD...WITH THE BETTER CHANCE
FOR SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING TIMES WHEN
LITTLE TO ANY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED.

THE 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK...VALID FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 5 THROUGH
SEPTEMBER 11...CALLS FOR A GREATER PROBABILITY FOR ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES...AND ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL OVER ALL OF SOUTH TEXAS.

THE SEPTEMBER 2014 RAINFALL OUTLOOK...ISSUED ON AUGUST 21...CALLS
EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE/BELOW/NORMAL RAINFALL OVER THE ENTIRE HSA.

THE SEPTEMBER 2014 TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...ISSUED ON AUGUST
21...CALLS FOR EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE/BELOW/NEAR NORMAL
TEMPERATURES OVER THE NORTHWESTERN HALF OF THE HSA...WITH ABOVE
NORMAL TEMPERATURES MORE LIKELY OVER THE REMAINDER OF SOUTH TEXAS.

THE SEASONAL RAINFALL OUTLOOK SHOWS SOME PROMISE FOR SOUTH TEXAS.
ISSUED ON AUGUST 21...THE RAINFALL OUTLOOK FOR THE PERIOD
SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER SHOWS A GREATER PROBABILITY FOR ABOVE
NORMAL RAINFALL OVER THE ENTIRE HSA.

THE THREE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER
THROUGH NOVEMBER...ISSUED ON AUGUST 21...SHOWS A EQUAL CHANCES
FOR ABOVE/BELOW/NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES OVER THE ENTIRE HSA.

THE MONTHLY DROUGHT OUTLOOK FOR SEPTEMBER HAS NOT YET BEEN ISSUED.

THE SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK FOR SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER (ALSO
ISSUED ON AUGUST 21)...SHOWS DROUGHT REMOVAL LIKELY OVER THE D1
AREAS...AND DROUGHT REMAINING BUT IMPROVING OVER THE D2 AND D3
AREAS. ALSO...THE DROUGHT IS NOT FORECAST TO SPREAD INTO OTHER
NON-DROUGHT AREAS.

THE LAGGED SOIL MOISTURE OUTLOOK VALID THROUGH THE END OF
NOVEMBER 2014 (NOT CHANGED) CALLS FOR BELOW NORMAL SOIL CONDITIONS
OVER THE HSA...WITH THE GREATEST NEGATIVE ANOMALIES OVER THE
NORTHEASTERN COASTAL BEND AND VICTORIA AREAS.


NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED IN SEPTEMBER
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

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GW





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