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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
340 PM CDT SUN APR 20 2014

...INADEQUATE SPRING RAINFALL WORSENS THE HYDROLOGICAL DROUGHT...

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SYNOPSIS...

THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE (WATER EQUIVALENT) PRECIPITATION FOR THE FIRST
THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR (JANUARY 1 TO MARCH 31) WAS ONLY 2.17
INCHES...MORE THAN 2.5 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS THE 6TH DRIEST
START TO THE YEAR ON RECORD (BASED ON DATA SINCE 1895). THROUGH
APRIL 19...THE YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION TOTALS AT BOTH DFW AIRPORT
AND WACO REGIONAL AIRPORT REMAINED AMONG THE TOP 10 DRIEST ON
RECORD.

THE LACK OF PRECIPITATION HAS RESULTED IN AN EXPANSION OF DROUGHT
CONDITIONS. SEVERE (D2) AND EXTREME DROUGHT (D3) NOW COVERS MUCH OF
THE REGION ALONG AND WEST OF THE I-35 CORRIDOR. THE UPPER BRAZOS AND
UPPER COLORADO RIVER BASINS ARE COMPLETELY WITHIN THE EXTREME
DROUGHT (D3) AREA...EMPHASIZING THE LONG TERM HYDROLOGIC DROUGHT.
THE WATER LEVELS AT LAKE GRANBURY (BRAZOS BASIN)...LAKE NOCONA (RED
BASIN)...AND LAKE RAY HUBBARD (TRINITY BASIN) ARE ALL NEAR RECORD
LOWS. IN ADDITION...THE LEVEL AT POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE (BRAZOS BASIN)
IS LOWER THAN AT ANY POINT IN THE LAST QUARTER CENTURY.

MORE THAN 30 MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS THE STATE HAVE LESS THAN 90 DAYS
OF WATER REMAINING...AND 7 HAVE LESS THAN 45 DAYS. EVEN SOME LARGE
COMMUNITIES ARE STRUGGLING WITH DWINDLING WATER SUPPLIES. THE
AVAILABLE WATER STORAGE FOR THE CITY OF WICHITA FALLS IS LESS THAN
1/4 OF ITS CONSERVATION VOLUME. AS A RESULT...THE CITY IS
CONSIDERING INVESTING 300,000 DOLLARS INTO CLOUD SEEDING. IN SAN
ANGELO...ONLY 1/2 INCH OF PRECIPITATION HAS FALLEN DURING 2014. THE
RESERVOIRS THAT SERVE THE CITY ARE BELOW 8 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...A
SUPPLY OF LESS THAN 14 MONTHS. MINERAL WELLS ALSO HAS LESS THAN 14
MONTHS OF WATER LEFT ALTHOUGH THE CITY IS LOOKING TO ACQUIRE UNUSED
WATER RIGHTS FROM THE BRAZOS RIVER. IN ADDITION...THE CITY IS
PLANNING TO BUILD ANOTHER RESERVOIR THOUGH IT WOULD NOT BE COMPLETED
UNTIL 2020.

ALTHOUGH THERE IS LITTLE TO INDICATE A TRANSITION TO A WET REGIME
ANY TIME SOON...EL NINO CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO DEVELOP DURING THE
NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS. WHILE THIS MAY ENHANCE THE PRECIPITATION
CHANCES AS EARLY AS THIS COMING FALL...THE REGION WILL LIKELY SUFFER
THROUGH A FOURTH 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.

            APR 16, 2014    DEC 31, 2013

   CATTLE         97              54
   HAY            95              31
   WHEAT         100              86

RAINFALL HAS BEEN LIMITED THIS SPRING...AND ONE OF THE FEW RAIN
EVENTS TURNED OUT TO BE A DETRIMENT TO SOME COLD SEASON GRAINS.
AROUND 1000 ACRES OF WHEAT AND OATS IN COLLIN COUNTY WERE DAMAGED
DURING THE SEVERE STORMS ON APRIL 3. ON APRIL 15...A LATE SEASON
FREEZE HIT MUCH OF THE WHEAT CROP DURING ITS FLOWERING STAGE...A
CRITICAL STAGE IN DEVELOPMENT. NEARLY 2/3 OF THE TEXAS WHEAT CROP IS
CURRENTLY IN POOR OR VERY POOR CONDITION.

THE DROUGHT AND LATE SEASON COLD HAVE ALSO PUT MANY WARM SEASON
CROPS BEHIND SCHEDULE. WHAT RAIN HAS FALLEN THIS SPRING HAS PROVIDED
MINIMAL RUNOFF FOR STOCK TANKS...AND SIGNIFICANT SOIL MOISTURE
DEFICITS REMAIN...ASSURING REDUCED RUNOFF WITH FUTURE RAIN EVENTS.
IN WESTERN NORTH TEXAS...WHERE THE DROUGHT IS MOST INTENSE...FORAGE
IS LIMITED...AND RANCHERS ARE TAKING MEASURES TO PREVENT OVERGRAZING
DROUGHT-STRESSED PASTURES.

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.

FIRE DANGER

DESPITE BELOW NORMAL SPRING PRECIPITATION ACROSS MUCH OF THE
REGION...THE RAINFALL HAS BEEN SUFFICIENT TO ALLOW WARM SEASON
GRASSES TO EMERGE. WHILE THIS OFTEN BRINGS AN END TO THE WINTER FIRE
SEASON...AN EXTENDED DRY PERIOD COULD QUICKLY RE-INTENSIFY WILDFIRE
CONCERNS. DAYS WITH GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY WILL STILL BE
POSSIBLE THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS...PARTICULARLY WHEN A DRYLINE IS
ABLE TO PENETRATE NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS.

OUTDOOR BURN BANS ARE CURRENTLY IN EFFECT FOR BOSQUE...COMANCHE...
EASTLAND...ERATH...LAMPASAS...MILLS...PALO PINTO...SOMERVELL...AND
STEPHENS 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.)

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...

YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION TOTALS ARE BELOW NORMAL ACROSS ALL OF
NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS. MOST AREAS HAVE SEEN LESS THAN HALF OF
NORMAL PRECIPITATION SO FAR IN 2014...AND A FEW LOCATIONS HAVE SEEN
LESS THAN 1/4 OF NORMAL VALUES. YEAR-TO-DATE DEFICITS EXCEED 5
INCHES IN SOME AREAS...COMPOUNDING LONG TERM DEFICITS...WHICH ARE
OVER 40 INCHES IN SOME LOCATIONS (BASED ON THE 3.5-YEAR PERIOD SINCE
OCTOBER 2010). THOSE SHORTFALLS ARE EQUIVALENT TO MORE THAN A YEAR
OF NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

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PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

CLIMATOLOGICALLY...SPRING IS A WET SEASON BETWEEN THE DRIER WINTER
AND SUMMER. AS SUCH...THE RAINFALL THE NEXT COUPLE OF 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 FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SPRING
DO NOT FAVOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION. IN FACT...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. THE U.S. SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK PROJECTS SOME IMPROVEMENT
FOR AREAS EAST OF THE I-35 CORRIDOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS...BUT THIS
WOULD REQUIRE AT LEAST NEAR NORMAL RAINFALL...AND THE IMPROVEMENT
WOULD BE LIMITED TO THE AGRICULTURAL DROUGHT.

WITH DROUGHT CONDITIONS LIKELY TO CONTINUE AND A 10-YEAR TREND OF
WARMER SPRING AND SUMMER TEMPERATURES...WARMER THAN NORMAL
TEMPERATURES ARE STRONGLY FAVORED FOR THE LONE STAR STATE THROUGHOUT
THE WARM SEASON. THIS WOULD ENHANCE EVAPORATION...DEPLETING BOTH
RESERVOIR STORAGE AND SOIL MOISTURE. THE RESULTING DRY GROUND IS
ABLE TO FURTHER INCREASE TEMPERATURES. IN ADDITION...WARMER THAN
NORMAL CONDITIONS ALSO TEND TO INCREASE WATER USAGE...COMPOUNDING
THE HYDROLOGIC DROUGHT.

THE EQUATORIAL PACIFIC WILL LIKELY TRANSITION FROM ENSO NEUTRAL TO
EL NINO CONDITIONS DURING THE SUMMER. THERE IS NOW A NEARLY 80
PERCENT CHANCE THAT EL NINO CONDITIONS WILL BE IN PLACE BY LATE
2014. 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.
ALTHOUGH STATEWIDE RESERVOIR CAPACITY HAS RECOVERED FROM A MINIMUM
LAST FALL...STORAGE REMAINS LESS THAN 2/3 OF CONSERVATION.

EAST TEXAS LAKES REMAIN HEALTHIER THAN THOSE ELSEWHERE. A HANDFUL OF
RESERVOIRS EAST OF THE I-35 CORRIDOR HAVE SEEN GAINS FOLLOWING
SPRING STORMS. A FEW ARE NEAR OR EVEN IN EXCESS OF CONSERVATION
VALUES.

BUT FOR SOME AREA LAKES...THE MULTI-YEAR DROUGHT...COMBINED WITH A
DRY START TO THE YEAR...HAS RESULTED IN RECORD LOW WATER LEVELS.
LAKE GRANBURY AND LAKE NOCONA HAVE BEEN STEADILY FALLING AND
CONTINUE TO SET NEW RECORDS. LAKE RAY HUBBARD BOTTOMED OUT ON APRIL
3 WHEN RUNOFF FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN ITS WATERSHED ADDED A
LITTLE WATER TO THE RESERVOIR. IT HAS SINCE DECLINED ONCE AGAIN AND
IS WITHIN AN INCH OF THE RECORD LOW.


                        NEW              RECORD LOW          YEAR
                     RECORD LOW            BEFORE           DAM WAS
                    SET THIS YEAR      CURRENT DROUGHT     COMPLETED

LAKE GRANBURY      682.48 / APR 20    685.28 / AUG 1978      1969
LAKE NOCONA        815.62 / APR 20    816.95 / OCT 2000      1960
LAKE RAY HUBBARD   427.90 / APR 3     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 14 FEET BELOW THE CONSERVATION POOL HEIGHT...IT IS NEARLY 10
FEET ABOVE THE LOW WATER MARK SET LAST SUMMER.

ON APRIL 20...THE LAKE LEVEL AT POSSUM KINGDOM DIPPED TO 985.61...
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
                              APRIL 20, 2014       APRIL 20, 2013
                             DEPARTURE    PCT     DEPARTURE    PCT

LOWER RED RIVER BASIN
  LAKE NOCONA                  -11.9       40        -9.6       49
  LAKE TEXOMA                   -8.3       78        -4.6       87
  LAKE BONHAM                   -2.1       81        -1.7       85
  PAT MAYSE LAKE                -5.4       75        -3.7       83

SULPHUR RIVER BASIN
  JIM CHAPMAN (COOPER) LAKE    -10.8       40        -7.8       54
  LAKE SULPHUR SPRINGS          +0.8      108        -1.4       86

UPPER SABINE RIVER BASIN
  LAKE TAWAKONI                 -9.9       63        -5.1       80
  LAKE FORK                     -3.6       85        -4.4       82

NECHES RIVER BASIN
  LAKE ATHENS                   +0.1      101        -2.3       87
  LAKE PALESTINE                +0.4      102        -0.2       99

                               CURRENT DATA         ONE YEAR AGO
                              APRIL 20, 2014       APRIL 20, 2013
                             DEPARTURE    PCT     DEPARTURE    PCT

UPPER TRINITY RIVER BASIN
  LAKE AMON CARTER              -8.9       45        -6.0       61
  LAKE BRIDGEPORT              -21.7       43       -16.0       55
  EAGLE MOUNTAIN LAKE           -7.1       69        -4.6       79
  LAKE WORTH                    -3.5       66        -2.8       73
  LAKE WEATHERFORD              -6.8       63        -7.3       60
  LAKE BENBROOK                 -5.0       80        -3.6       85
  LAKE ARLINGTON                -2.9       86        -1.3       94
  LAKE RAY ROBERTS              -8.2       73        -4.0       86
  LAKE LEWISVILLE               -7.7       67        -4.7       79
  LAKE GRAPEVINE               -10.1       64        -5.3       80
  LAKE LAVON                   -11.8       50        -7.7       65
  LAKE RAY HUBBARD              -7.5       68        -3.3       85
  JOE POOL LAKE                 -1.4       94        -0.4       98
  MOUNTAIN CREEK LAKE *         +0.6      106        +0.5      105
  LAKE WAXAHACHIE               -2.6       85        -1.9       89
  BARDWELL LAKE                 -3.3       79        -2.2       85
  NEW TERRELL CITY LAKE         -2.7       75        -1.9       82
  CEDAR CREEK RESERVOIR         -4.0       81        -3.1       85
  NAVARRO MILLS LAKE            -0.1       99        -0.6       95
  LAKE HALBERT                  -2.0       81        -2.2       80
  RICHLAND CHAMBERS RESERVOIR   -7.7       72        -5.3       80

                               CURRENT DATA         ONE YEAR AGO
                              APRIL 20, 2014       APRIL 20, 2013
                             DEPARTURE    PCT     DEPARTURE    PCT

UPPER BRAZOS RIVER BASIN
  LAKE CISCO                   -14.1       54       -22.0       37
  HUBBARD CREEK RESERVOIR      -24.8       21       -21.9       27
  LAKE GRAHAM                  -12.9       48        -7.2       71
  POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE          -14.3       63       -10.4       72
  LAKE PALO PINTO              -12.6       25        -4.6       66
  LAKE MINERAL WELLS            -6.4       58        -3.3       74
  LAKE GRANBURY                -10.5       52        -5.8       70

LOWER BRAZOS RIVER BASIN
  LAKE LEON                     -4.0       78        -5.1       73
  PROCTOR LAKE                  -8.9       44        -3.7       72
  SQUAW CREEK RESERVOIR *       -0.9       98        +0.4      101
  LAKE PAT CLEBURNE             -7.2       60        -4.9       72
  LAKE WHITNEY                 -12.3       60        -8.8       69
  AQUILLA LAKE                  -4.5       72        -4.4       73
  WACO LAKE                     -2.4       89        -3.6       85
  BELTON LAKE                   -9.9       75        -7.6       80
  STILLHOUSE HOLLOW LAKE       -11.5       72        -6.8       82
  LAKE LIMESTONE                -0.1       99        -3.0       83


   * 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
                APRIL 20, 2014     APRIL 20, 2013      CHANGE

  DALLAS             68.4               80.4           -12.0
  FORT WORTH         70.1               77.9            -7.8
  WACO               89.2               84.5            +4.7
  TEMPLE/KILLEEN     74.7               80.2            -5.5


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 WILL CONTINUE WITHIN THE NORTH
TEXAS MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT (NTMWD) AT LEAST THROUGH THE END OF
APRIL. THIS LIMITS LANDSCAPE WATERING TO ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS.
(RESTRICTIONS MAY VARY AMONG LOCAL JURISDICTIONS WITHIN THE NTMWD.)
THE GOAL OF STAGE 3 WATER CONSERVATION IS TO REDUCE OVERALL USAGE BY
10 PERCENT. THE TEXOMA PIPELINE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED
IN JUNE...BUT EVEN WITH THE TEXOMA WATER SUPPLY FULLY RESTORED...THE
ONGOING DROUGHT MAY REQUIRE THE CONTINUATION OF WATER RESTRICTIONS.
EACH MONTH...THE NTMWD WILL REASSESS THE NEED FOR STAGE 3 MEASURES.

ON APRIL 8...THE FORT WORTH CITY COUNCIL MADE PERMANENT ITS TWICE-
PER-WEEK LIMIT ON LANDSCAPE WATERING. ONLY HAND WATERING IS ALLOWED
BETWEEN 10 AM AND 6 PM. ARLINGTON...ALSO WITHIN THE TARRANT REGIONAL
WATER DISTRICT (TRWD) SERVICE AREA...HAS SIMILAR RESTRICTIONS BUT IS
NOT READY TO MAKE THEM PERMANENT. DALLAS WILL CONTINUE ITS TWICE-
PER-WEEK LIMIT...AS WELL AS THE DAYTIME RESTRICTION ON TRADITIONAL
SPRINKLERS...THROUGH THE END OF OCTOBER. SINCE WATER RESTRICTIONS
VARY CONSIDERABLY THROUGHOUT THE METROPLEX...RESIDENTS SHOULD KEEP
INFORMED WITH THE CURRENT GUIDELINES FROM THEIR MUNICIPALITY OR
WATER UTILITY PROVIDER.

THE BRAZOS RIVER AUTHORITY IS ASKING CUSTOMERS WITHIN THE UPPER
BRAZOS BASIN...AS WELL AS AREAS AS FAR DOWNSTREAM AS WHITNEY...TO
REDUCE USAGE BY 10 PERCENT.

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 MAY.

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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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