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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
100 AM CDT FRI MAR 14 2014

...THREE AREA LAKES FALL TO RECORD LOW LEVELS AS DROUGHT WORSENS...

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SYNOPSIS...

THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE (WATER EQUIVALENT) PRECIPITATION FOR THE
PERIOD JANUARY 1 TO FEBRUARY 28 WAS ONLY 1.06 INCHES...MORE THAN 2
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS THE 5TH DRIEST START TO THE YEAR ON
RECORD (BASED ON DATA SINCE 1895).

THE DRY SPELL HAS CONTINUED INTO MARCH...WITH MUCH OF NORTH AND
CENTRAL TEXAS AMASSING YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION DEFICITS OF 3 TO 5
INCHES. MANY LOCATIONS IN THE REGION HAVE YET TO TALLY AN INCH...
INCLUDING DFW AIRPORT AND WACO REGIONAL AIRPORT. THROUGH MARCH 13...
THE 2014 TOTAL AT WACO IS THE DRIEST ON RECORD.

THE LACK OF PRECIPITATION HAS RESULTED IN A RAPID EXPANSION OF
DROUGHT CONDITIONS. MODERATE (D1) TO SEVERE (D2) DROUGHT COVERS MUCH
OF NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS. PORTIONS OF THE BRAZOS AND COLORADO
RIVERS ARE IN EXTREME DROUGHT (D3)...EMPHASIZING THE LONG TERM
HYDROLOGIC DROUGHT. THE WATER LEVELS AT LAKE GRANBURY...LAKE
NOCONA...AND LAKE RAY HUBBARD ARE ALL AT RECORD LOWS.

ALTHOUGH THERE IS LITTLE TO INDICATE A TRANSITION TO A WET REGIME
ANY TIME SOON...THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED AN EL NINO
WATCH. BASED ON LONG RANGE COMPUTER MODEL OUTPUT...THERE IS NOW A
GREATER THAN 50 PERCENT CHANCE THAT EL NINO CONDITIONS WILL BE IN
PLACE BY THE END OF 2014. WHILE THIS MAY ENHANCE THE PRECIPITATION
CHANCES AS EARLY AS THIS COMING FALL...THE REGION WILL LIKELY SUFFER
THROUGH A 4TH CONSECUTIVE SUMMER WITH DROUGHT CONDITIONS.

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SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS

WITH LITTLE PRECIPITATION SO FAR IN 2014...THE PERCENT OF TEXAS
AGRICULTURAL AREAS IN DROUGHT HAS INCREASED CONSIDERABLY SINCE THE
BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.

             MAR 11, 2014    DEC 31, 2013

   CATTLE         76              54
   HAY            70              31
   WHEAT          97              86
   CORN           92              73

TEXAS ONLY ACCOUNTS FOR AROUND 6 PERCENT OF THE U.S. WINTER WHEAT
CROP. THE MAJORITY IS GROWN THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST...KANSAS (22
PERCENT) BEING THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR. ALTHOUGH WINTER WHEAT IS
HARDY ENOUGH TO SURVIVE A TYPICAL MIDWEST WINTER...MANY OF THESE
WHEAT FIELDS HAVE BEEN RAVAGED BY SOME OF THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES
IN YEARS...RAISING THE CONCERN THAT SOME OF THE CROP WOULD FAIL TO
EMERGE THIS SPRING. WITH 97 PERCENT OF TEXAS WHEAT-PRODUCING AREAS
IN DROUGHT...ADEQUATE RAINFALL WILL BE NEEDED THIS SPRING FOR THE
LONE STAR STATE TO OFFSET THE EXPECTED LOSSES IN THE MIDWEST.

MOST RANGELAND AND PASTURES ACROSS THE STATE ARE NOW IN POOR OR VERY
POOR CONDITION. MOST WINTER GRAINS ARE IN POOR OR VERY POOR
CONDITIONS. IN ADDITION TO LIMITED PRECIPITATION...COLD TEMPERATURES
KEPT WINTER WHEAT AND OATS IN DORMANCY...MAKING THEM UNAVAILABLE FOR
GRAZING ANIMALS. COLD SEASON GRASSES HAVE ALSO BEEN INADEQUATE
FORAGE...CONTINUING THE NEED FOR SUPPLEMENTAL FEEDING.

THE ANNUAL CATTLE INVENTORY REPORT FROM THE USDA REVEALED A FURTHER
DECLINE OF 2 PERCENT IN THE NUMBER OF U.S. CATTLE DURING 2013. NOW
AT ITS LOWEST POINT SINCE 1951...THE 87.7 MILLION HEAD OF AMERICAN
CATTLE IS A DECLINE OF OVER 10 MILLION SINCE SINCE 2007. THE TOTAL
NUMBER OF COWS (INCLUDING BREEDING HEIFERS FOR BOTH BEEF AND DAIRY)
WAS DOWN TO 38.3 MILLION...THE LOWEST AT ANY POINT SINCE 1941.

THE DROUGHT HAS ALSO IMPACTED OTHER LARGE GRAZING ANIMALS. THE
40-YEAR-OLD BUFFALO HERD AT THE FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER GREW TO 31
BISON LAST YEAR. HOWEVER...BECAUSE OF THE STRESS THE DROUGHT HAS PUT
ON THE PASTURES IN THE PRESERVE...ALL 11 OF THE CALVES BORN IN 2013
WILL BE SOLD AT DROUGHT-REDUCED PRICES.

FIRE DANGER

LITTLE PRECIPITATION HAS FALLEN ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS SO
FAR IN 2014. THE PARCHED VEGETATION HAS SERVED AS FUEL FOR
WILDFIRES...PARTICULARLY ON DAYS WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...
LOW HUMIDITY...AND STRONG WINDS. ON MARCH 11...A POWERFUL DRYLINE
INVADED WESTERN PORTIONS OF NORTH TEXAS WHERE AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES
TOPPED 90 DEGREES FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR. A LARGE GRASS FIRE
OCCURRED NORTHWEST OF JACKSBORO (IN JACK COUNTY). A WILDFIRE ALSO
CHARRED 350 ACRES AROUND TROPHY CLUB PARK NEAR LAKE GRAPEVINE (IN
DENTON COUNTY).

EVEN WHERE THE DROUGHT HAS LIMITED VEGETATIVE GROWTH...AND FUEL IS
THUS LIMITED...THERE WILL CONTINUE TO BE SOME DAYS WITH ELEVATED
FIRE WEATHER CONCERNS THIS SPRING. OUTDOOR BURN BANS ARE CURRENTLY
IN EFFECT FOR BOSQUE...COMANCHE...CORYELL...EASTLAND...ERATH...
HILL...LAMPASAS...MILLS...PALO PINTO...STEPHENS...AND YOUNG
COUNTIES. A CONDITIONAL BAN CONTINUES IN WISE COUNTY. (THE WISE
COUNTY BURN BAN IS ONLY IN EFFECT WHEN THERE IS A RED FLAG WARNING
FOR EXTREME FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.)

THE RISK OF WILDFIRES WILL DIMINISH AS WARM SEASON VEGETATION
EMERGES...AND ITS MOISTURE CONTENT LIMITS FIRE SPREAD. IN
ADDITION...AS SUMMER APPROACHES...THERE WILL BE FEWER DAYS WITH LOW
HUMIDITY AND STRONG WINDS. BUT WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT
RAINFALL...WILDFIRE CONCERNS WILL PERSIST.

EVEN IF A FORMAL BAN IS NOT IN EFFECT FOR YOUR AREA...IT IS STILL
IMPORTANT TO BE VIGILANT ABOUT FIRE USAGE. MANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
(SUCH AS GRILLING) INVOLVE A RISK OF STARTING WILDFIRES. THE
NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION ESTIMATES THAT 4200 OUTDOOR
FIRES AND ANOTHER 1500 STRUCTURE FIRES RESULT FROM CHARCOAL
GRILLS...CAUSING 30 MILLION DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE ANNUALLY.
AVOID OPEN FLAMES NEAR DRY VEGETATION...AND ASSURE ALL COALS AND
EMBERS ARE FULLY EXTINGUISHED.

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CLIMATE SUMMARY...

JANUARY AND FEBRUARY WERE AMONG THE DRIEST ON RECORD ACROSS MUCH OF
NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS. MANY LOCATIONS DID NOT RECEIVE AN INCH OF
(WATER EQUIVALENT) PRECIPITATION DURING THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THE
YEAR. THIS HAS ONLY COMPOUNDED LONG TERM DEFICITS. SOME LOCATIONS
HAVE ONLY RECEIVED 3/4 OR LESS OF NORMAL PRECIPITATION VALUES DURING
THE CURRENT DROUGHT (WHICH BEGAN IN LATE 2010).

THROUGH MARCH 13...THE YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION TOTAL FOR WACO IS
THE DRIEST ON RECORD (BASED ON DATA SINCE 1902). FOR THE SAME TIME
PERIOD...DALLAS/FORT WORTH HAS RECORDED ITS 3RD DRIEST START TO A
YEAR (BASED ON DATA SINCE 1899).


   DEPARTURE = DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL PRECIPITATION (IN INCHES)
   PERCENT = PERCENT OF NORMAL PRECIPITATION


                         PRECIPITATION           PRECIPITATION
AIRPORT SITES          JANUARY-FEBRUARY       OCT 2010 - FEB 2014
                        2014  DEPARTURE       DEPARTURE   PERCENT

DFW AIRPORT             0.74    -4.05          -30.70        75
WACO                    0.76    -3.99          -16.86        86

DALLAS LOVE FIELD       0.68    -3.97          -28.48        78
FORT WORTH MEACHAM      0.48    -3.91          -34.00        72
DALLAS EXECUTIVE        0.89    -4.51          -38.94        72
FORT WORTH ALLIANCE     0.61    -3.88          -35.14        72
ARLINGTON               0.71    -4.02          -31.82        75

DENTON                  0.59    -4.17          -40.25        69
MCKINNEY                0.81    -4.68          -42.23        69
TERRELL                 1.84    -4.10          -37.49        73
CORSICANA               1.71    -4.45          -25.83        81
MINERAL WELLS           0.68    -2.91          -30.75        71


                         PRECIPITATION           PRECIPITATION
COOPERATIVE SITES      JANUARY-FEBRUARY       OCT 2010 - FEB 2014
                        2014  DEPARTURE       DEPARTURE   PERCENT

ALVARADO                0.69    -4.42          -34.62        73
ALVORD                  1.09    -3.06          -35.34        71
AQUILLA                 0.80    -3.84          -19.78        84
ATHENS                  2.28    -4.57          -24.21        84
BARDWELL                1.70    -3.98          -27.51        79

BENBROOK                0.24    -4.08          -33.37        72
BONITA                  0.95    -2.87          -30.90        75
BOWIE                   0.57    -3.32          -29.08        75
BRECKENRIDGE            0.27    -3.06          -24.48        75
BREMOND                 1.80    -3.80          -26.60        80

BRIDGEPORT              0.40    -3.53          -34.21        71
BURLESON                0.59    -4.12          -36.88        70
CENTERVILLE             6.39    -0.22          -27.61        81
CLEBURNE                0.37    -4.46          -40.44        68
COMANCHE                0.33    -3.12          -16.08        84

COOPER                  1.77    -4.84          -29.20        81
CORSICANA               2.34    -3.69          -14.04        90
CRANFILLS GAP           0.59    -3.64          -32.54        71
CRAWFORD                0.66    -3.62          -31.60        74
CRESSON                 0.48    -3.87          -28.54        76

                         PRECIPITATION           PRECIPITATION
COOPERATIVE SITES      JANUARY-FEBRUARY       OCT 2010 - FEB 2014
                        2014  DEPARTURE       DEPARTURE   PERCENT

DECATUR                 1.44    -2.88          -37.19        72
DENTON                  0.56    -4.31          -37.34        71
FERRIS                  1.17    -4.67          -38.43        72
FORT WORTH NWS          0.57    -4.08          -40.43        68
FRISCO                  0.89    -4.64          -35.75        75

GAINESVILLE             1.37    -3.29          -30.48        79
GOLDTHWAITE             0.20    -3.57          -29.07        72
GRAHAM                  0.14    -2.96          -29.39        72
GRAPEVINE               0.79    -4.24          -27.59        78
GREENVILLE              1.43    -4.76          -39.53        74

HILLSBORO               1.04    -4.27          -35.10        73
ITASCA                  0.92    -4.56          -41.02        70
JACKSBORO               1.01    -2.49          -28.23        74
JOE POOL LAKE           0.81    -4.49          -38.99        72
JUSTIN                  1.21    -3.57          -33.51        75

LAKE BRIDGEPORT         0.85    -3.28          -29.49        75
LAKE TAWAKONI           2.45    -4.21          -38.37        75
LAVON DAM               0.41    -5.01          -35.07        75
LEWISVILLE DAM          0.94    -3.90          -49.38        62
MARLIN                  1.86    -3.55          -25.05        81

                         PRECIPITATION           PRECIPITATION
COOPERATIVE SITES      JANUARY-FEBRUARY       OCT 2010 - FEB 2014
                        2014  DEPARTURE       DEPARTURE   PERCENT

MIDLOTHIAN              0.67    -4.54          -45.87        67
MUENSTER                1.24    -3.13          -25.04        80
NAVARRO MILLS           2.18    -3.34          -19.60        85
NIX STORE               0.16    -3.88          -27.76        75
PARIS                   1.79    -4.19          -41.93        74

PROCTOR DAM             0.49    -3.12          -24.86        77
RAINBOW                 0.53    -3.44          -18.36        83
RICHARDSON              1.04    -4.61          -39.62        72
ROANOKE                 0.80    -4.04          -40.10        70
ROSSER                  1.90    -3.98          -29.66        78

SHERMAN                 0.78    -4.63          -34.93        76
STEPHENVILLE            0.32    -3.38          -16.58        84
STILLHOUSE HOLLOW       0.90    -3.82          -34.38        72
TERRELL                 2.03    -3.62          -38.91        73
THORNDALE               1.33    -3.66          -28.80        76

THORNTON                1.17    -4.42          -14.96        89
TRENTON                 1.14    -5.12          -38.97        75
WACO DAM                1.06    -4.08          -21.93        82
WEATHERFORD             0.47    -3.92          -31.97        74
WHITNEY DAM             0.61    -3.97          -27.38        78
WILLS POINT             2.62    -4.14          -29.90        80

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PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

CLIMATOLOGICALLY...SPRING IS A WET SEASON BETWEEN THE DRIER WINTER
AND SUMMER. AS SUCH...THE RAINFALL DURING THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WILL
BE CRUCIAL FOR AREA RESERVOIRS. MUCH OF THE REGION REMAINS MIRED IN
A SIGNIFICANT HYDROLOGIC DROUGHT...AND CONSIDERABLE RAINFALL WILL BE
NEEDED TO PREVENT ANOTHER SUMMER WITH WATER SUPPLY CONCERNS.
UNFORTUNATELY...LONG RANGE OUTLOOKS DO NOT FAVOR A WETTER THAN
NORMAL SPRING. IN FACT...DYNAMICAL MODELS FAVOR BELOW NORMAL SPRING
RAINFALL ALONG THE GULF COAST. ALTHOUGH THE OUTLOOKS FOR NORTH AND
CENTRAL TEXAS ARE LESS CONCLUSIVE...ENSO NEUTRAL CONDITIONS FAVOR
BELOW MEDIAN SPRING PRECIPITATION FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS. WITH
LITTLE TO SUGGEST THAT DROUGHT-BUSTING RAINS ARE LIKELY...DROUGHT
CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO PERSIST INTO THE UPCOMING SUMMER.

WITH DROUGHT CONDITIONS LIKELY TO CONTINUE AND A 10-YEAR TREND FOR
WARMER SPRING AND SUMMER TEMPERATURES...WARMER THAN NORMAL
TEMPERATURES ARE STRONGLY FAVORED FOR THE LONE STAR STATE THROUGHOUT
THE WARM SEASON.

THERE IS NOW A GREATER THAN 50 PERCENT CHANCE THAT THE EQUATORIAL
PACIFIC WILL TRANSITION FROM ENSO NEUTRAL TO EL NINO CONDITIONS
DURING 2014. AS A RESULT...THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED
AN EL NINO WATCH. WHILE EL NINO CONDITIONS CAN ENHANCE PRECIPITATION
CHANCES DURING THE COLD SEASON...THESE IMPACTS ARE NOT ANTICIPATED
TO MANIFEST THEMSELVES UNTIL THE UPCOMING FALL AT THE EARLIEST.

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HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

THE MULTI-YEAR DROUGHT HAS TAKEN ITS TOLL ON THE TEXAS WATER SUPPLY.
STATEWIDE RESERVOIRS HAVE LOST NEARLY 240 BILLION GALLONS OF WATER
DURING THE LAST 12 MONTHS. THE DRY START TO THE YEAR HAS DROPPED THE
FOLLOWING AREA LAKES TO ALL-TIME RECORD LOWS.


                                        RECORD LOW          YEAR
                       CURRENT            BEFORE           DAM WAS
                      LAKE LEVEL      CURRENT DROUGHT     COMPLETED

LAKE GRANBURY           683.39       685.28 / AUG 1978      1969
LAKE NOCONA             815.95       816.95 / OCT 2000      1960
LAKE RAY HUBBARD        428.02       429.72 / OCT 2000      1969


LAKE CISCO REACHED A NEW RECORD LOW IN JULY 2013 BEFORE A DELUGE
ADDED 13 FEET OF WATER TO THE LAKE. ALTHOUGH THE CURRENT LEVEL IS
OVER 13 FEET BELOW THE CONSERVATION POOL HEIGHT...IT IS MORE THAN
10 FEET ABOVE THE LOW WATER MARK SET LAST SUMMER.

THE CURRENT LAKE LEVEL AT POSSUM KINGDOM IS 986.32...WHICH IS THE
LOWEST LEVEL SINCE DECEMBER 1987 (985.11). THIS IS STILL WELL ABOVE
THE ALL-TIME RECORD LOW OF 967 IN FEBRUARY 1953. (THE LAKE WAS
IMPOUNDED IN 1941.)

MOST AREA LAKES HAVE SEEN STEADY DECLINES DURING THE LAST 12 MONTHS.
NOTABLE EXCEPTIONS ARE PRIMARILY IN CENTRAL AND EAST TEXAS...WHERE A
BRIEF INTERLUDE OF FLOODING RAINS OCCURRED DURING SEPTEMBER AND
OCTOBER 2013.


   DEPARTURE = DEPARTURE FROM CONSERVATION POOL HEIGHT (IN FEET)
   PCT = PERCENT OF CONSERVATION WATER VOLUME


                               CURRENT DATA         ONE YEAR AGO
                              MARCH 13, 2014       MARCH 13, 2013
                             DEPARTURE    PCT     DEPARTURE    PCT

LOWER RED RIVER BASIN
  LAKE NOCONA                  -11.5       41        -9.6       49
  LAKE TEXOMA                   -8.9       77        -5.2       86
  LAKE BONHAM                   -2.3       79        -1.5       86
  PAT MAYSE LAKE                -5.1       76        -3.9       82

SULPHUR RIVER BASIN
  JIM CHAPMAN (COOPER) LAKE    -12.9       31        -7.4       55
  LAKE SULPHUR SPRINGS          -0.1       99        -1.6       85

UPPER SABINE RIVER BASIN
  LAKE TAWAKONI                 -9.7       64        -4.8       81
  LAKE FORK                     -4.4       82        -4.3       82

NECHES RIVER BASIN
  LAKE ATHENS                   +0.1      100        -2.6       85
  LAKE PALESTINE                +0.4      103        -0.6       97

                               CURRENT DATA         ONE YEAR AGO
                              MARCH 13, 2014       MARCH 13, 2013
                             DEPARTURE    PCT     DEPARTURE    PCT

UPPER TRINITY RIVER BASIN
  LAKE AMON CARTER              -8.6       47        -5.8       62
  LAKE BRIDGEPORT              -21.4       43       -15.3       57
  EAGLE MOUNTAIN LAKE           -7.5       67        -5.3       76
  LAKE WORTH                    -3.3       68        -2.8       73
  LAKE WEATHERFORD              -8.3       55        -7.8       58
  LAKE BENBROOK                 -5.6       78        -5.9       77
  LAKE ARLINGTON                -3.7       83        -4.9       77
  LAKE RAY ROBERTS              -7.9       74        -3.9       87
  LAKE LEWISVILLE               -8.1       65        -5.1       77
  LAKE GRAPEVINE               -10.1       64        -5.6       79
  LAKE LAVON                   -12.5       48        -8.6       62
  LAKE RAY HUBBARD              -7.5       68        -3.4       85
  JOE POOL LAKE                 -1.3       94        -1.8       92
  MOUNTAIN CREEK LAKE *         +0.4      104        +0.5      106
  LAKE WAXAHACHIE               -2.7       84        -2.2       87
  BARDWELL LAKE                 -3.1       80        -2.6       83
  NEW TERRELL CITY LAKE         -2.6       75        -2.1       80
  CEDAR CREEK RESERVOIR         -3.6       83        -3.2       85
  NAVARRO MILLS LAKE            +0.1      100        -0.4       96
  LAKE HALBERT                  -1.6       85        -2.0       82
  RICHLAND CHAMBERS RESERVOIR   -7.2       74        -4.7       82

                               CURRENT DATA         ONE YEAR AGO
                              MARCH 13, 2014       MARCH 13, 2013
                             DEPARTURE    PCT     DEPARTURE    PCT

UPPER BRAZOS RIVER BASIN
  LAKE CISCO                   -13.7       55       -22.0       37
  HUBBARD CREEK RESERVOIR      -24.0       23       -21.5       28
  LAKE GRAHAM                  -12.2       51        -6.7       73
  POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE          -13.7       64       -10.3       72
  LAKE PALO PINTO              -11.7       26        -5.8       59
  LAKE MINERAL WELLS            -6.1       59        -3.3       75
  LAKE GRANBURY                 -9.6       55        -5.5       71

LOWER BRAZOS RIVER BASIN
  LAKE LEON                     -3.5       81        -6.9       65
  PROCTOR LAKE                  -8.4       46        -5.5       60
  SQUAW CREEK RESERVOIR *       -1.2       98        -0.6       99
  LAKE PAT CLEBURNE             -7.0       61        -4.9       72
  LAKE WHITNEY                 -11.6       62        -8.8       69
  AQUILLA LAKE                  -4.4       72        -4.0       75
  WACO LAKE                     -2.1       92        -3.5       85
  BELTON LAKE                   -9.5       76        -7.1       81
  STILLHOUSE HOLLOW LAKE       -11.0       73        -6.2       84
  LAKE LIMESTONE                 0.0      100        -2.6       85


   * THE WATER LEVEL IN MOUNTAIN CREEK LAKE IS MAINTAINED TO PROVIDE
     COOLING FOR THE MOUNTAIN CREEK STEAM ELECTRIC STATION.

   * THE WATER LEVEL IN SQUAW CREEK RESERVOIR IS MAINTAINED TO
     PROVIDE COOLING FOR THE COMANCHE PEAK NUCLEAR POWER PLANT.


MUNICIPAL WATER STORAGE - PERCENT OF CONSERVATION

                 CURRENT DATA       ONE YEAR AGO      ONE-YEAR
                MARCH 13, 2014     MARCH 13, 2013      CHANGE

  DALLAS             67.8               80.0           -12.2
  FORT WORTH         71.2               78.2            -7.0
  WACO               92.0               85.4            +6.6
  TEMPLE/KILLEEN     75.6               81.3            -5.7


EVAPORATION AND WATER USAGE WILL STEADILY INCREASE AS THE SUMMER
MONTHS APPROACH. WITHOUT FLOODING RAINS THIS SPRING...THE HYDROLOGIC
DROUGHT IS LIKELY TO PERSIST THROUGHOUT THE WARM SEASON.

STAGE 3 WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES CONTINUE WITHIN THE NORTH TEXAS
MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT (NTMWD) AT LEAST THROUGH THE END OF MARCH.
THE GOAL OF STAGE 3 WATER CONSERVATION IS TO REDUCE OVERALL USAGE BY
10 PERCENT. LANDSCAPE WATERING IS ONLY PERMITTED ONCE EVERY TWO
WEEKS. (RESTRICTIONS MAY VARY AMONG LOCAL JURISDICTIONS WITHIN THE
NTMWD.) IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE TEXOMA WATER SUPPLY WILL BE FULLY
RESTORED SOMETIME THIS SPRING.

THE TWICE-PER-WEEK LIMIT ON LANDSCAPE WATERING CONTINUES IN BOTH
DALLAS AND FORT WORTH. FOR MUCH OF THE TARRANT REGIONAL WATER
DISTRICT (TRWD) SERVICE AREA...ONLY HAND WATERING IS ALLOWED BETWEEN
10 AM AND 6 PM. ON APRIL 1...DALLAS WILL RE-ENACT THE DAYTIME
RESTRICTION ON TRADITIONAL SPRINKLERS. SINCE WATER RESTRICTIONS VARY
CONSIDERABLY THROUGHOUT THE METROPLEX...RESIDENTS SHOULD KEEP
INFORMED WITH THE CURRENT GUIDELINES FROM THEIR MUNICIPALITY OR
WATER UTILITY PROVIDER.

VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION CONTINUES FOR BOTH WACO AND TEMPLE/KILLEEN.
HOWEVER...WATER RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR SOME COMMUNITIES
WITHIN MCLENNAN AND BELL COUNTIES.

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NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED IN APRIL.

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RELATED WEB SITES...

NWS FORT WORTH DROUGHT PAGE - WEATHER.GOV/FORTWORTH/?N=DROUGHT
NATIONAL INTEGRATED DROUGHT INFORMATION SYSTEM - DROUGHT.GOV
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER - WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER - DROUGHT.UNL.EDU
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR - DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU
DROUGHT IMPACT REPORTER - DROUGHTREPORTER.UNL.EDU

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...

THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR FACILITATES CONTINUOUS DISCUSSION AMONG
NUMEROUS AGENCIES...ACADEMIA...AND OTHER LOCAL INTERESTS. THE
EXPERTISE OF ITS MEMBERS HAS BEEN INVALUABLE IN DEVELOPING DROUGHT
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FOR OUR CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS.

THE DROUGHT IMPACT REPORTER (MAINTAINED BY THE NATIONAL DROUGHT
MITIGATION CENTER) HAS ALLOWED VARIOUS IMPACTS TO BE COMPILED WITHIN
ONE CLEARINGHOUSE. THESE IMPACTS INCLUDE AGRICULTURAL ISSUES...
HYDROLOGIC DEFICITS...FIRE DANGER...AND OTHER SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC
CONSEQUENCES. A SUMMARY OF THE SUBMITTED IMPACTS IS INCLUDED IN EACH
DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT.

THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE PROVIDE
ROUTINE ASSESSMENTS OF CROP AND PASTURE CONDITIONS TO THE NATIONAL
AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE (NASS)...PART OF THE UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA). THE PERIODIC STATEWIDE SUMMARIES
THAT RESULT ARE USED AS A PRIMARY SOURCE FOR THE AGRICULTURAL
IMPACTS SECTION. ADDITIONAL NATIONAL AND STATEWIDE STATISTICS ARE
FROM THE WEEKLY AGRICULTURAL WEATHER ASSESSMENTS (COMPILED BY THE
USDA).

THE TEXAS A&M FOREST SERVICE CONTINUALLY MONITORS VEGETATION
CONDITIONS AND WILDFIRE POTENTIAL. THE STATE AGENCY ALSO MAINTAINS A
CURRENT LIST OF COUNTYWIDE BURN BANS.

OUTLOOKS OF TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION ARE SUMMARIZED FROM A
VARIETY OF PRODUCTS CREATED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC).
CPC IS A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) ENTITY WITHIN THE NATIONAL
CENTERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTION (NCEP).

THE HYDROLOGIC DATA ARE COMPILED FROM NUMEROUS SOURCES...INCLUDING
THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)...THE TEXAS WATER
DEVELOPMENT BOARD (TWDB)...AND LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS.

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QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON OUR DROUGHT
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES...PLEASE CONTACT...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE
3401 NORTHERN CROSS BLVD.
FORT WORTH, TX 76137

PHONE: (817) 429-2631
E-MAIL: SR-FWD.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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