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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX
735 PM CDT FRI SEP 12 2014

...MINOR IMPROVEMENTS IN DROUGHT STATUS ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE
COASTAL BEND...

...VICTORIA AND ROBSTOWN ENTERING STAGE III WATER RESTRICTIONS...

.SYNOPSIS...
THE COMBINATION OF INVERTED TROUGHS ALONG THE SOUTHERN TEXAS COAST
AND ABUNDANT MOISTURE CONTINUED ISOLATED SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM
DEVELOPMENT FOR THE MOST PART OF THE LAST TWO WEEKS. HOWEVER A MORE
SCATTERED SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT OCCURRED ACROSS SOUTH
TEXAS EARLY IN SEPTEMBER AS THE FIRST TROPICAL CYCLONE OF THE 2014
HURRICANE SEASON DEVELOPED IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. ON SEPTEMBER 1...A
TROPICAL DEPRESSION DEVELOPED IN THE BAY OF CAMPECHE AND QUICKLY
STRENGTHENED INTO TROPICAL STORM DOLLY BY EARLY MORNING OF SEPTEMBER
2 MAKING LANDFALL SOUTH OF THE CITY OF TAMPICO IN MEXICO LATER THAT
EVENING. AS DOLLY PROGRESSED FURTHER INLAND INTO MEXICO AND
NORTHWEST ALONG THE MOUNTAIN RANGE...MOISTURE FROM REMNANT OUTER
BANDS OF DOLLY ENTERED SOUTH TEXAS KEEPING SCATTERED DEVELOPMENT
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5. UPPER LEVEL RIDGING FROM THE NORTHEAST NUDGED
INTO THE REGION THROUGH THE WEEKEND DECREASING RAIN COVERAGE.
HOWEVER LINGERING MOISTURE MAINTAINED AT LEAST ISOLATED SHOWER
DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE SEA BREEZE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 11.

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR PRODUCT...VALID AS OF 7 AM EDT SEPTEMBER
9 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: ALL OF THE COUNTY IS IN D1 STATUS...INCLUDING THE
CITIES OF BEEVILLE AND SKIDMORE.

CALHOUN COUNTY: D2 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST ACROSS THE MAINLY ACROSS
THE NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY...INCLUDING THE
COMMUNITIES OF GREEK LAKE...CLARKS AND THE PORT LAVACA AIRPORT.
THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY IS IN D1 STATUS...INCLUDING THE
COMMUNITIES OF PORT COMFORT...PORT LAVACA...SEA DRIFT AND PORT
O`CONNOR.

DUVAL COUNTY: D0 CONDITIONS NOW EXIST OVER MUCH OF THE
COUNTY EXCEPT FOR WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY. THE AFFECTED
COMMUNITIES OF CRESTONIA...REALITOS...ROSITA AND SEVEN SISTERS
ARE IN D0 STATUS. OUTSIDE OF D0 CONDITIONS IS DROUGHT FREE...WHICH
INCLUDES THE COMMUNITY OF FREER.

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

JIM WELLS COUNTY: D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER MOST OF JIM WELLS
COUNTY...INCLUDING THE CITIES OF PREMONT...ALICE AND ORANGE GROVE.
THE EXTREME NORTHEASTERN PORTION OF JIM WELLS COUNTY IS IN D1
STATUS. THAT INCLUDES RURAL AREAS EAST OF THE COMMUNITY OF SANDIA.

KLEBERG COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER MUCH OF THE COUNTY AND
INCLUDE THE CITIES OF KINGSVILLE...RICARDO...RIVIERA AND SOUTH
BIRD ISLAND. OUTSIDE OF THIS AREA...D0 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE
EXTREME WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY...AND INCLUDE THE
KINGSVILLE AIRPORT. AND D2 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE EXTREME
NORTHEAST COUNTY NORTH OF SOUTH BIRD ISLAND.

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 MUCH OF THE REST OF THE COUNTY AND
INCLUDE THE COMMUNITIES OF COTTULA...FOWLERTON...ARTESIA WELLS AND
ATLEE. THE EXTREME SOUTHERN SLIVER OF THE COUNTY IS DROUGHT
FREE...AND INCLUDES THE COMMUNITY OF ENCINAL.

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 AND COMELIA). THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTY REMAINS IN D0
STATUS...INCLUDING THE COMMUNITIES OF GEORGE WEST... DINERO...AND
SANDIA.

MCMULLEN COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE EXTREME NORTHERN
PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY (RURAL AREAS)...A COUPLE OF MILES NORTH OF
CALLIHAM. 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.

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

SAN PATRICIO COUNTY: D1 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER THE MAJORITY 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...INGLESIDE AND MATHIS ARE IN D1 STATUS.

VICTORIA COUNTY: D2 CONDITIONS EXIST OVER ALL BUT THE 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: A MAJORITY OF THE COUNTY IS CONSIDERED DROUGHT-FREE
EXCEPT FOR RURAL AREAS OF THE EXTREME NORTHERN COUNTY AND THE
EXTREME SOUTHERN COUNTY WHICH ARE IN D0 STATUS. THE SOUTHERN
PORTION INCLUDES AREAS SOUTH OF A LINE FROM RIO BRAVO TO MIRANDO
CITY WHICH INCLUDES THE COMMUNITY OF 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 SEPTEMBER
11...KLEBERG COUNTY HAS DROPPED THEIR BURN BAND HOWEVER CALHOUN
COUNTY HAS PUT THEIRS INTO EFFECT. THUS...GOLIAD... VICTORIA...BEE
AND CALHOUN 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 HAS PUT INTO EFFECT 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
SEPTEMBER 3 2014) WHICH HAVE WATER RESTRICTIONS:

REMOVED RESTRICTIONS: NONE REMOVED.

NEW/AMENDED RESTRICTIONS:
CALHOUN COUNTY: CALHOUN COUNTY RURAL WATER SYSTEM (VOLUNTARY 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)...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...MINOR IMPROVEMENT HAS BEEN NOTICED
ACROSS THE HSA. NOW THE RECENT SOIL MOISTURE ANOMALY MAP FROM THE
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (VALID ON SEPTEMBER 10) SHOWS ANOMALIES
OF -40 MM TO -60 MM ACROSS THE MAJORITY OF THE HSA...EXCEPT FOR
PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN COASTAL BEND WHERE ANOMALIES OF -20 MM TO
-40 MM EXIST. SOIL MOISTURE PERCENTILES HAVE IMPROVED FROM TWO
WEEKS AGO AS WELL...WITH PERCENTILES BETWEEN 20 AND 30 PERCENT
ACROSS ALL OF THE HSA. CROP MOISTURE INDICES (VALID ON SEPTEMBER
9) SHOW SEVERELY DRY CONDITIONS (-3.0 OR LESS) OVER THE COASTAL
BEND REGION...WITH IMPROVEMENT OVER THE WESTERN AREAS WITH ONLY
SLIGHTLY DRY TO FAVORABLE MOIST (-0.9 TO 0.9). IF MORE WIDESPREAD
AND ABUNDANT RAINFALL IS NOT RECEIVED SOON...ANOMALIES AND
PERCENTILES WILL BEGIN TO WORSEN ONCE MORE.

THE TEXAS CROP AND WEATHER REPORTS FOR SEPTEMBER 3 AND SEPTEMBER
9 CONTAINED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

FOR THE COASTAL BEND DISTRICT:

* DESPITE RECENT RAINS...SOIL MOISTURE REMAINS SHORT.

* COTTON HARVEST COMPLETED IN MOST SOUTHERN COASTAL COUNTIES.
  COTTON YIELDS VARIED WIDELY FROM FAIR TO NEAR-RECORD LEVELS.

* BEEF PRODUCERS INCREASED SUPPLEMENTAL HAY FEEDING TO CATTLE.

* PRODUCERS PREPARING PASTURES FOR PLANTING WINTER FORAGES.

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

* COTTON AND SORGHUM HARVESTING CONTINUED...WITH COMPLETED ACTIVITY
  AND GOOD YIELDS REPORTED IN KLEBERG COUNTY.

* IRRIGATION TO PEANUTS ONGOING.

* LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS FEEDING SUPPLEMENTAL HARD AS FORAGE SUPPLIES
  ARE LIMITED AND AS CATTLE BODY CONDITIONS ARE DECLINING. SOME
  PRODUCERS HALTING GRAZING DUE TO LACK OF SUFFICIENT WATER
  AVAILABLE. LIGHT CULLING OF LIVESTOCK ALSO CONTINUED.

* NEARLY 7 INCHES OF RAIN WAS REPORTED IN SOME PARTS OF JIM WELLS
  COUNTY.

* CROP PRODUCERS PREPARING FOR FALL PLANTING...AND PRODUCING COASTAL
  BERMUDA GRASS FOR MARKET.

FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.
ACCORDING TO THE 5 DAY AVERAGE FIRE DANGER MAP FROM THE TEXAS
INTER-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER (TICC) ON SEPTEMBER 11...THERE IS
A MODERATE FIRE DANGER OVER NEARLY ALL OF THE HSA...WITH A HIGH FIRE
DANGER OVER THE EXTREME NORTHERN PORTIONS OF LA SALLE AND MCMULLEN
COUNTIES.

MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL FROM REMNANTS OF DOLLY WITH RELATIVELY COOLER
TEMPERATURES HAS ALLOW THE COUNTY AVERAGED KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT
INDICIES TO IMPROVE...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE COASTAL PLAINS. AS OF
SEPTEMBER 12...THE FOLLOWING KBDI AVERAGES WERE OBSERVED:

 0 TO 200:  NONE.

200 TO 300: NONE.

300 TO 400: NONE.

400 TO 500: CALHOUN...JIM WELLS...NUECES...AND SAN PATRICIO
            COUNTIES.

500 TO 600: ARANSAS...BEE...DUVAL...KLEBERG...LIVE OAK...
            REFUGIO...VICTORIA AND WEBB COUNTIES.

600 TO 700: GOLIAD...LA SALLE AND MCMULLEN COUNTIES.

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 SEPTEMBER 12...RIVER
LEVELS ARE BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL OVER NEARLY ALL OF THE HSA.
NEAR NORMAL FLOWS WERE OBSERVED ON THE NUECES RIVER AT MATHIS
(WHERE WATER IS BEING RELEASED BY THE RESERVOIRS) 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 4.0 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).

WITH THE LACK OF MUCH OF THE RAIN FALLING IN THE WATERSHED...
RESERVOIR LEVELS CONTINUE A SLOW FALL. AS OF SEPTEMBER 11...THE
LEVEL AT CHOKE CANYON DAM WAS AT 193.6 FEET (27.3 PERCENT
CAPACITY)...WITH LAKE CORPUS CHRISTI AT 86.9 FEET (53.17 PERCENT
CAPACITY). THE COMBINED SYSTEM CAPACITY FOR THE CORPUS CHRISTI
WATER SUPPLY WAS AT 34.4 PERCENT...WHICH IS 0.7 PERCENTAGE POINTS
LOWER THAN ON AUGUST 28.

SINCE AUGUST 28...LAKE TEXANA FELL 0.5 FEET TO 41.3 FEET (85.0
PERCENT CAPACITY).

SINCE AUGUST 28...COLETO CREEK FELL 0.38 FEET...WITH THE CURRENT
LEVEL AT 94.50 FEET.

CANYON DAM FELL 0.51 FEET SINCE AUGUST 28...WITH THE CURRENT LEVEL
AT 898.07 FEET (78 PERCENT CAPACITY).

FINALLY...THE LEVEL AT LAKE AMISTAD WAS 1075.95 FEET (38
PERCENT). SINCE AUGUST 28...THE LAKE HAS RISEN 0.48 FEET (DUE TO
WATER RECEIVED FROM MEXICO).

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

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
RECENT RAINS HAVE DEFINITELY AIDED WITH SOIL MOISTURE ACROSS THE
HSA. HOWEVER...A RAIN DEFICIT REMAINS AS WE ENTER THE NORMAL
RAINY SEASON. MUCH OF THE AREA RECEIVED 0.5 TO 1 INCH OF RAIN
DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS...WITH HIGHER AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES
RECEIVED GENERALLY SOUTH OF A LINE FROM LAREDO TO ALICE AND THEN
WEST OF HIGHWAY 281. THE HIGHEST RAINFALL FOCUSED A LOT ALONG THE
COASTAL BEND. 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...POCKETS OF
LOCATIONS RECEIVED 2 TO 4 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL WHICH IS NEARLY 200
TO 300 PERCENT OF NORMAL RAINFALL. AT THE THREE CLIMATE
SITES...HOWEVER...A RAIN DEFICIT IS STILL BEING CALCULATED.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE TOTAL MONTHLY RAINFALL AMOUNTS
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 9...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
                   SEPTEMBER 11        2014         10/01/2013 -
                                                    09/09/2014

CORPUS CHRISTI     0.81 (-1.16)    14.65 (-6.66)   20.78  (-7.97)

VICTORIA           0.40 (-1.27)    19.29 (-9.25)   24.98 (-13.75)

LAREDO AIRPORT     0.46 (-0.74)     8.04 (-6.15)   13.45  (-5.02)

FOR THE THREE CLIMATE STATIONS...THE 2014 PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL
RAINFALL THROUGH SEPTEMBER ARE: 68.7 PERCENT AT CORPUS CHRISTI...
67.6 PERCENT AT VICTORIA...AND 56.7 PERCENT AT LAREDO.

THE 2014 WATER YEAR PERCENTAGES THROUGH SEPTEMBER 11 2014 ARE:
72.3 PERCENT AT CORPUS CHRISTI...64.5 PERCENT AT VICTORIA...AND
72.8 PERCENT AT LAREDO.

TEMPERATURES DURING SEPTEMBER HAVE BEEN ABOVE NORMAL AT MOST
LOCATIONS...ESPECIALLY FOR DAYTIME TEMPERATURES. AS OF SEPTEMBER
11...TEMPERATURES WERE 0.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT CORPUS
CHRISTI...4.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT VICTORIA...AND 1.8 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 BETWEEN 60 TO 65 PERCENT.

ACCORDING TO CPC...ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS REMAIN WITH POSITIVE
SST ANOMALIES PERSISTING IN THE EASTERN PACIFIC AND WEST OF THE
INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE.

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 (JUNE 2014 - AUGUST 2014) IS 0.0 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 (NOVEMBER-
DECEMBER-JANUARY 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 (SEPTEMBER 13 THROUGH
SEPTEMBER 19) IS AS FOLLOWS. RAINFALL CHANCES CONTINUE THROUGH THE
EARLY WEEKEND...AS A COLD FRONT MOVES INTO THE REGION THEN
DISSIPATES. AVERAGE RAINFALL AMOUNTS AHEAD AND ALONG THE FRONT WILL
RANGE BETWEEN 1 TO 2 INCHES WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS UP TO 4 INCHES
POSSIBLE. CHANCES CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF NEXT WEEK AS A COASTAL
TROUGH AND ABUNDANT GULF MOISTURE REMAINS ACROSS THE AREA. RAIN
CHANCES DECREASE HEADING INTO SEPTEMBER 18 AS UPPER RIDGING AND
DRIER AIR MOVES INTO SOUTH TEXAS.

THE TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FOR SEPTEMBER 12 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 19 IS AS
FOLLOWS. FOR THE MOST PART...TEMPERATURES WILL BE NEAR NORMAL THROUGH
THE PERIOD...WITH A BRIEF PERIOD OF SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL AS THE
FRONT MOVES INTO THE REGION.

THE 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK...VALID FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 20 THROUGH
SEPTEMBER 26...CALLS FOR A GREATER PROBABILITY FOR ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES...AND EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE/BELOW/NEAR NORMAL
PRECIPITATION OVER ALL OF SOUTH TEXAS.

THE SEPTEMBER 2014 RAINFALL OUTLOOK...ISSUED ON AUGUST 31...CALLS
FOR A GREATER CHANCE FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL
OVER THE ENTIRE HSA.

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 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 MONTHLY DROUGHT OUTLOOK FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
ISSUED ON AUGUST 31 SHOWS SIMILAR EXPECTATIONS.

THE LAGGED SOIL MOISTURE OUTLOOK VALID THROUGH THE END OF
DECEMBER 2014 CALLS FOR BELOW NORMAL SOIL CONDITIONS OVER THE
WESTERN HSA...WITH NEAR NORMAL ANOMALIES OVER THE NORTHEASTERN
COASTAL BEND AND VICTORIA AREAS.

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

CB

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