Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Lake Charles, LA

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES LA
851 AM CDT FRI MAY 23 2014

...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE DEVELOPED OVER PORTIONS OF THE
AREA...

SYNOPSIS...
THE LATEST U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR (USDM)...ISSUED THROUGH THE NATIONAL
DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER ON MAY 20TH...INDICATES THAT SEVERE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE DEVELOPED OVER SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF
JEFFERSON AND ORANGE COUNTIES EXTENDING INTO WESTERN PORTIONS OF
CALCASIEU AND CAMERON PARISHES. ELSEWHERE MODERATE DROUGHT IS
OCCURRING OVER THE REMAINDER OF JEFFERSON AND ORANGE COUNTIES
EXTENDING INTO SOUTHERN LOUISIANA GENERALLY SOUTH OF US 190 AND WEST
OF I-49. ELSEWHERE CONDITIONS WERE ABNORMALLY DRY.


CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE FOLLOWING TABLE DEPICTS RAINFALL TOTALS AND DEFICITS (IN INCHES)
AS OF MAY 21 2014...FOR THE PAST 30...60...90...180 DAYS.
CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE AND WATER YEAR (0CT 1) TO DATE:

ALEXANDRIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
                    RAIN      DEP
30 DAYS             2.21     -1.93
60 DAYS             7.02     -1.97
90 DAYS             9.81     -4.14
180 DAYS           22.11     -8.32
SINCE JAN 1 2014   15.49     -6.86
SINCE OCT 1 2013   27.60     -11.54

ALEXANDRIA ESLER AIRPORT
                    RAIN      DEP
30 DAYS             1.74     -2.57
60 DAYS             8.89     -0.45
90 DAYS            12.25     -1.68
180 DAYS           25.95     -4.60
SINCE JAN 1 2014   20.07     -2.79
SINCE OCT 1 2013   29.88     -10.24

LAKE CHARLES REGIONAL AIRPORT
                    RAIN      DEP
30 DAYS             0.16     -4.20
60 DAYS             1.48     -6.23
90 DAYS             4.61     -6.60
180 DAYS           14.54     -10.27
SINCE JAN 1 2014    9.83     -9.16
SINCE OCT 1 2013   18.60     -14.40

LAFAYETTE REGIONAL AIRPORT
                    RAIN      DEP
30 DAYS             1.84     -2.47
60 DAYS             4.80     -3.26
90 DAYS             8.81     -3.15
180 DAYS           17.83     -9.86
SINCE JAN 1 2014   12.71     -4.14
SINCE OCT 1 2013   23.80    -12.27

ACADIANA REGIONAL AIRPORT AT NEW IBERIA
                    RAIN      DEP
30 DAYS             0.77     -2.84
60 DAYS             3.59     -4.27
90 DAYS             6.15     -5.58
180 DAYS           16.66    -12.51
SINCE JAN 1 2013   12.86     -7.06
SINCE OCT 1 2012   21.41    -12.72

SOUTHEAST TEXAS REGIONAL AIRPORT AT BEAUMONT
                    RAIN      DEP
30 DAYS             0.41     -4.21
60 DAYS             3.15     -4.61
90 DAYS             7.84     -3.37
180 DAYS           15.79     -9.77
SINCE JAN 1 2014   11.40     -7.70
SINCE OCT 1 2013   24.17    -10.20


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

RAINFALL AMOUNTS OVER THE NEXT 10-15 DAYS LOOK TO BE NEAR NORMAL TO
TO SLIGHT BELOW NORMAL. AT THIS TIME...RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE FORECAST
TO GENERALLY BE IN THE 1-3 INCH RANGE CENTERED OVER THE SABINE
RIVER. IF THIS RAINFALL SHOULD OCCUR...IT WOULD AT LEAST BRING SOME
SHORT TERM RELIEF.

LOOKING OUT LONGER IN TIME OVER THE NEXT ONE TO THREE MONTHS...THE
DROUGHT IS FORECAST TO HOLD STEADY OR INTENSIFY OVER THE AREA
THROUGH AUGUST.

AGRICULTURE IMPACTS...
AT THIS TIME A FEW IMPACTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO AGRICULTURE. MORE
IRRIGATION IS HAVING TO BE DONE TO KEEP CROPS HEALTY. ALSO SOME
LOCATIONS IN THE COASTAL ZONE HAVE REPORTED SALT WATER INTRUSION
INTO THEIR WELLS.


FIRE IMPACTS...

CURRENT BURN BANS...
NO BURN BANS ARE CURRENTLY IN EFFECT.

FIRE DANGER IS CURRENTLY LOW...HOWEVER THE LATEST KEETCH-BYRAM
DROUGHT INDEX (KBDI) ON MAY 23RD SHOWED MUCH OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS AND
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA ALONG AND SOUTH OF I-10 AND WEST OF I-49 ABOVE
500. A FEW LOCATIONS IN SOUTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IS ABOVE 600.

THE KBDI IS AN INDEX USED BY FORESTRY AGENCIES FOR RELATING CURRENT
AND RECENT WEATHER CONDITIONS TO POTENTIAL OR EXPECTED FIRE
BEHAVIOR. CALCULATED DAILY...IT IS A NUMERICAL INDEX ESTIMATING THE
AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION...IN HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH...NEEDED TO BRING
THE SOIL BACK TO SATURATION. THE INDEX RANGES FROM 0 TO 800...WITH 0
REPRESENTING SATURATED SOIL CONDITIONS AND 800 COMPLETELY DRY SOIL.


HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

SPARSE RAINFALL TOTALS OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS HAVE RESULTED IN
REDUCED FLOWS ON AREA HYDROLOGIC SYSTEMS ARE SHOWING BELOW NORMAL
FLOWS.

AS OF MAY 23RD...AREA RESERVOIRS ARE IN GOOD SHAPE WITH RECENT RAINS
IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN TEXAS.


NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

AS NEEDED


RELATED WEB SITES...
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND
AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES (IN LOWERCASE LETTER):

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) LAKE CHARLES HOMEPAGE...
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/LAKECHARLES
NATIONAL INTEGRATED DROUGHT INFORMATION SYSTEM...
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV
TEXAS STATE CLIMATE OFFICE...HTTP://WWW.MET.TAMU.EDU/OSC/
LOUISIANA STATE CLIMATE OFFICE...HTTP://WWW.LOSC.LSU.EDU/
SOUTHERN REGION CLIMATE CENTER...HTTP://WWW.SRCC.LSU.EDU/
TEXAS STATE FOREST SERVICE...HTTP://WWW.TXFORESTSERVICE.TAMU.EDU/
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY...
HTTP://WWW.LDAF.STATE.LA.US/
LSU AG CENTER...HTTP://WWW.LSUAGCENTER.COM/
NWS ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE...
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/
US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY...HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV/
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS...HTTP://WWW.MVR.USACE.ARMY.MIL/
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/
LOWER NECHES VALLEY RIVER AUTHORITY...HTTP://WWW.LNVA.DST.TX.US


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING NOAA/S
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...
THE USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE
NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THE 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
500 AIRPORT BLVD. #115
LAKE CHARLES LA 70607
PHONE: 337-477-5285

DONALD JONES
CLIMATE FOCAL POINT
OR
JONATHAN BRAZZELL
SERVICE HYDROLOGIST
JONATHAN.BRAZZELL@NOAA.GOV

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