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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK TX
1142 AM CDT THU APR 23 2015

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS SHOW SOME IMPROVEMENT ACROSS THE SOUTH
PLAINS AREA...

SYNOPSIS...
THE PAST 30 DAYS BROUGHT BENEFICIAL RAINFALL TO PORTIONS OF THE
SOUTH PLAINS AREA. RAINFALL WAS 200 TO 400 PERCENT OF NORMAL
ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST SOUTH PLAINS. HEAVIER THAN NORMAL RAINFALL
ALSO FELL ACROSS PORTIONS OF DICKENS...BRISCOE...HALL...CHILDRESS
...MOTLEY AND COTTLE COUNTIES. IN CONTRAST...AREAS FROM THE FAR
SOUTHWEST TEXAS PANHANDLE INTO THE CENTRAL SOUTH PLAINS AND
PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN ROLLING PLAINS WERE DRIER THAN NORMAL.

AS A RESULT OF THE RAIN...THE REMAINDER OF THE ABNORMALLY DRY
REGION IN THE SOUTHWEST SOUTH PLAINS WAS REMOVED. THE WESTWARD
EXTENT OF MODERATE TO EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS THE FAR
SOUTHEAST TEXAS PANHANDLE AND NORTHERN ROLLING PLAINS SHRUNK
SOME. A SLIVER OF EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT REMAINS IN EASTERN COTTLE
COUNTY.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

.AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS.
ACROSS THE SOUTH PLAINS....WIDESPREAD RAIN RESULTED
IN AN AVERAGE OF ONE HALF TO ONE INCH ACROSS THE REGION WITH
ISOLATED AMOUNTS UP TO 4 INCHES.  WHEAT WAS IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT
CONDITION WITH SOME FIELDS STARTING TO HEAD OUT.  FIELDS FOR OTHER
CROPS WERE UNDERGOING PREPARATION WITH LOCATIONS THAT RECEIVED HEAVY
RAINFALL HALTING PREWATERING.  SOME CORN PLANTING HAD STARTED WHILE
NO COTTON HAD BEEN PLANTED. RANGELAND AND PASTURES CONTINUE TO
IMPROVE THANKS TO THE RAINFALL WITH WARM SEASON GRASSES STARTING TO
GROW.  LIVESTOCK CONDITIONS ALSO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE.

THE ROLLING PLAINS ALSO SAW ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN WHICH HAS
HELPED RANGELAND...PASTURES...AND PROVIDED SOME FILLING TO SURFACE
STOCK TANKS.  ADDITIONAL RAINFALL COULD BENEFIT DRYLAND WHEAT FIELDS
BUT NOT PROVIDE MUCH ADDED BENEFIT TO EARLY PLANTED WHEAT.  FARMERS
CONTINUE TO PREPARE FIELDS FOR COTTON PLANTING. WINTER GRASSES HAD
HEADED OUT AND WARM SEASON GRASSES CONTINUED TO GREEN UP.  THIS HAS
PROVIDED AMPLE GRAZING FOR LIVESTOCK AND LIVESTOCK CONDITIONS
CONTINUE TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION.

.FIRE WEATHER IMPACTS.
APRIL WILDFIRE CONDITIONS WERE MINIMAL DUE TO AN OVERALL GREEN UP OF
FUELS AND A LACK OF WINDY PATTERNS. THE TWO AREAS OF SOME CONCERN
ARE THE FAR SOUTHWEST TEXAS PANHANDLE AND NORTHERN SOUTH PLAINS
WHERE SOIL MOISTURE DEFICIT VALUES HAVE LAGGED THE REMAINDER OF THE
REGION...HOWEVER ENERGY RELEASE COMPONENT VALUES ACROSS THE HIGH
PLAINS REGION HAVE FALLEN 20 PERCENT BELOW NORMAL AS THE EXTENT OF
DORMANT FUELS HAS GREATLY DISSIPATED. EVEN WITH ONE WINDY AND DRY
DAY EXPECTED AREA WIDE ON APRIL 24TH...THE LACK OF VOLATILE FUELS
POINTS TO A LOW POTENTIAL FOR RAPID WILDFIRE GROWTH. BEYOND THE
24TH...THE PATTERN FAVORS PERIODIC PRECIPITATION CHANCES WITH BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES WHICH WILL SERVE TO KEEP FUELS IN CHECK.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
MOIST SURFACE CONDITIONS HELP KEEP TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH OF
APRIL THREE DEGREES ABOVE SEASONAL AVERAGE. THE EXCEPTION IS THE
SOUTHWESTERN TEXAS PANHANDLE AND NORTHWESTERN SOUTH PLAINS WHERE
DRIER CONDITIONS WERE OBSERVED WHICH HELPED MORNING TEMPERATURES
REACH INTO THE MID 20S DURING THE THIRD WEEK OF APRIL. THIS KEPT THE
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES NEAR SEASONAL AVERAGE. MONTHLY PRECIP
AVERAGES WERE NOT AS UNIFORM AS TEMPERATURES WITH SOME AREAS
RECEIVING BELOW SEASONAL AVERAGE PRECIP AND OTHERS RECEIVING ABOVE
SEASONAL AVERAGE PRECIP. THE LUBBOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HAS
REPORTED 0.63 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE APRIL 1ST WHICH IS 0.33 INCHES
BELOW THE SEASONAL AVERAGE. THE CHILDRESS MUNICIPAL
AIRPORT...HOWEVER...HAS REPORTED 2.31 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE APRIL 1ST
WHICH IS 0.88 INCHES ABOVE THE SEASONAL AVERAGE.

THERE WERE TWO MAIN RAIN EVENTS THAT HELPED CONTRIBUTE TO THE
MONTHLY TOTALS. THE BIGGEST RAIN EVENT OCCURRED THE EVENING OF APRIL
22ND WHEN THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN TEXAS
PANHANDLE...NORTHERN SOUTH PLAINS...AND THE CENTRAL TO NORTHERN
ROLLING PLAINS. OFFICIAL RAINFALL TOTALS OF UP TO 1.89 INCHES WERE
REPORTED WHILE UN-OFFICIAL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 3 INCHES WERE REPORTED
WHICH AGREES WELL WITH RADAR PRECIP ESTIMATES. THE SECOND RAIN EVENT
OCCURRED OVER TWO DAYS...APRIL 12TH AND 13TH. RAINFALL AMOUNTS
AVERAGED FROM ONE HALF INCH TO OVER ONE INCH. THESE RAINS HELPED
WITH AN EARLY GREEN UP FOR MANY AREAS.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WEST OF THE BAJA OF CALIFORNIA
TODAY...WILL GRADUALLY MOVE NORTHEAST TO ACROSS THE DESERT SOUTHWEST
FRIDAY MORNING AND ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS FRIDAY
AFTERNOON...WHICH WILL PROMOTE INCREASING LARGE SCALE ASCENT AND
PRECIPITATION CHANCES. A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
EXISTS ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE SOUTH PLAINS AND ROLLING PLAINS THIS
AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING...WITH HAIL AND GUSTY WINDS BEING THE
PRIMARY THREATS. RATHER BREEZY WEST TO SOUTHWEST SURFACE WINDS
WILL INVADE THE REGION FRIDAY...WITH BEST CHANCES FOR
PRECIPITATION SHIFTING EAST OF THE ROLLING PLAINS. THE IMPINGEMENT
OF ANOTHER UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL RESULT IN
ADDITIONAL CHANCES OF PRECIPITATION LATE WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT
WEEK. HOWEVER THE AFOREMENTIONED SYSTEM WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY A
COLD FRONT THAT WILL BRING TEMPERATURES DOWN FROM THE 70S AND 80S
LATE WEEK INTO EARLY WEEKEND...DOWN INTO THE 60S AND 70S BY EARLY
NEXT WEEK. TEMPERATURES FOR THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS ARE EXPECTED TO BE
BELOW NORMAL WITH ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION PER THE CLIMATE
PREDICTION CENTER.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
MACKENZIE LAKE RESERVOIR LEVELS WERE DOWN 0.1 FEET...WHILE THERE WAS
NO CHANGE IN RESERVIOR LEVELS AT WHITE RIVER LAKE AND LAKE ALAN
HENRY OVER THE PAST FOUR WEEKS.

THE FOLLOWING RESERVOIR CONDITIONS WERE REPORTED APRIL 23RD:

RESERVOIR SUMMARY CONSERVATION  POOL  5-WEEK    MAXIMUM  PERCENT OF
                      POOL    TODAY   CHANGE     DEPTH   CONSERVATION
                                      (FEET)             CAPACITY

MACKENZIE LAKE        3100   3009.2   -0.01       59        7
WHITE RIVER LAKE      2370   2342.6    0.00       16        4
LAKE ALAN HENRY       2220   2210.0    0.00       67       74

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON MAY 21ST OR SOONER IF NECESSARY
IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN CONDITIONS.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND
AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/...

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR:
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU

NOAA DROUGHT PAGE:
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV

OFFICE OF THE TEXAS STATE CLIMATOLOGIST:
HTTP://WWW.CLIMATETEXAS.TAMU.EDU

NWS PRECIPITATION:
HTTP://WWW.WATER.WEATHER.GOV/PRECIP

USGS:
HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV/

USACE:
HTTP://WWW.MVR.USACE.ARMY.MIL

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER /CPC/:
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

USDA:
HTTP://WWW.USDA.GOV/OCE/WEATHER

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION AGENCY CROP AND WEATHER REPORT:
HTTP://TODAY.AGRILIFE.ORG

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...THE TEXAS
TECH/WEST TEXAS MESONET...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
2579 S LOOP 289 SUITE 100
LUBBOCK TX 79423
PHONE...806-745-4926
LUB.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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