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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK TX
149 PM CDT THU AUG 28 2014

...SPOTTY RAINFALL DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST DID LITTLE TO IMPROVE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS FOR THE SOUTH PLAINS AND ROLLING PLAINS...

SYNOPSIS...
THE MONTH OF AUGUST SAW PROLONGED DRYNESS FOR MOST OF THE SOUTH
PLAINS REGION HOWEVER SOME LOCALIZED HEAVY RAINFALL DID OCCUR.
THIS RAIN WAS TOO LIMITED IN EXTENT AND FREQUENCY TO CREATE
SIGNIFICANT RUNOFF AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO SURFACE WATER LEVELS.
TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH ENDED SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL WITH ONLY A
FEW DAYS SEEING READINGS TOPPING THE CENTURY MARK. THE MOISTURE
THAT REMAINED OVER THE REGION WAS MOSTLY DUE TO THE INFLUX OF
MONSOON FLOW FROM THE PACIFIC. WHILE THERE WERE MANY DAYS OF
SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY...COVERAGE WAS SCATTERED AT BEST.
HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT DOMINATED THE WEATHER PATTERN AND PROVIDED
WEAK STEERING CURRENTS THAT ALLOWED FOR HIGH RAINFALL TOTALS FOR
AREAS THAT DID RECEIVE RAIN. AS A RESULT OF THE SPOTTY NATURE OF
THE RAIN THE DROUGHT MONITOR REMAINED MAINLY UNCHANGED. A COUPLE
OF EXCEPTIONS WERE REDUCING THE CATEGORY TO ABNORMALLY DRY ACROSS
PARTS OF CASTRO...BAILEY...AND LAMB COUNTIES AND RAISING DROUGHT
STATUS TO EXTREME DROUGHT FOR PORTIONS OF LUBBOCK...TERRY...
HOCKLEY...AND LYNN COUNTIES.

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS..
DESPITE SOME SPOTTY RAIN SHOWERS DURING AUGUST...CONDITIONS ACROSS
THE SOUTH PLAINS AREA WERE MOSTLY HOT AND DRY. THIS RESULTED IN
MIXED BLESSINGS FOR PRODUCERS. MANY COTTON FARMERS WELCOMED THE
ADDITIONAL HEAT UNITS TO MATURE THEIR CROPS...WHILE DRYLAND FARMERS
WERE SEEING THEIR CROPS BEGIN TO BE STRESSED FROM THE LACK OF
MOISTURE. PEANUT PRODUCERS ALSO WELCOMED THE WARM WEATHER TO HELP
FINISH OUT THEIR CROPS WELL. GRAIN SORGHUM WAS PROGRESSING WELL
WHERE RAINS OR IRRIGATION OCCURRED. RANGELAND WAS DETERIORATING
UNDER THESE CONDITIONS...PARTICULARLY ACROSS THE ROLLING
PLAINS...AND LIGHTNING-INDUCED WILDFIRES WERE INCREASING IN
FREQUENCY. STOCK TANKS AND LAKE LEVELS REMAINED LOW.
HOWEVER...LIVESTOCK REMAINED IN GENERALLY GOOD TO EXCELLENT
CONDITION. PECAN PRODUCERS HAD BEGUN IRRIGATING TO SAVE A
PROMISING CROP. FINALLY...WHERE SOIL MOISTURE ALLOWED...FARMERS
WERE PREPARING FIELDS FOR PLANTING WINTER PASTURE CROPS.

FIRE WEATHER IMPACTS...
GREEN FUELS AND NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL MOISTURE VALUES KEPT FIRE
CONCERNS LOW THROUGH LATE SUMMER...ALTHOUGH SOME LOCATIONS
EXPERIENCED MODEST CURING OF GRASSES GIVEN HIT OR MISS RAINFALL
OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE LAST FEW WEEKS. LONG TERM DROUGHT
CONTINUED TO DOMINATE THE EXTREME SOUTHERN PANHANDLE...SOUTH
PLAINS...AND ROLLING PLAINS...THUS KEEPING BURN BANS IN EFFECT FOR
11 OF THE 24 COUNTIES IN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK
COUNTY WARNING AREA. CHANCES OF RAIN WILL EXIST FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS
OF AUGUST...THEREAFTER...RAINFALL OPPORTUNITIES LOOK TO BE MORE LIMITED.
NONETHELESS...WINDS...TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY NEAR SEASONAL
NORMALS SUGGEST FIRE DANGER CONCERNS WILL CONTINUE TO BE LOW FOR
THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
AUGUST STARTED OUT COOL FOR SOME AREAS OF WEST TEXAS BUT THINGS
QUICKLY WARMED UP BY THE END OF THE FIRST WEEK. FOR CLIMATE
STATIONS AT THE LUBBOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND THE CHILDRESS
MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...WARM AND DRY CONDITIONS DOMINATED THE MONTH.
BOTH STATIONS REPORTED THEIR AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AROUND
1.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. CHILDRESS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT HAD FARED
BETTER IN TERMS OF PRECIPITATION DEFICIT REPORTING IN AT 0.87
INCHES BELOW NORMAL WHEREAS THE LUBBOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
REPORTED BEING 1.23 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. EVEN THOUGH THESE
STATIONS WERE SEEING PRECIPITATION DEFICITS SOME AREAS ACROSS THE
REGION DID RECEIVE ABUNDANT AND MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL. THE AREAS TO
BENEFIT FROM RAIN THE MOST WERE THE SOUTHERN TEXAS
PANHANDLE...WESTERN SOUTH PLAINS...AND WESTERN ROLLING PLAINS
WHERE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 INCHES OR MORE WERE RECORDED. THE
STATION REPORTING THE HIGHEST RAINFALL SINCE AUGUST 1ST WAS THE
PADUCAH 10S COOP STATION WITH 4.24 INCHES OF RAIN.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
RAINFALL CHANCES WILL CONTINUE FOR THE REMAINDER OF
AUGUST...COURTESY OF AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM PROGRESSING
EAST ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS. ABNORMALLY HIGH
MOISTURE THROUGH A DEEP PART OF THE ATMOSPHERE MAY LEAD SOME HEAVY
RAINFALL FOR A FEW LOCATIONS. OTHERWISE THE CHANCES FOR RAINFALL
WILL BE LOWER THIS WEEKEND INTO THE FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER AS A
FLATTENED UPPER LEVEL HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVES EAST INTO THE
CENTRAL PLAINS. THE LONG RANGE OUTLOOK FROM THE CLIMATE
PREDICTION CENTER INDICATES A GREATER LIKELIHOOD FOR ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION INTO EARLY FALL WHILE THE TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK CALLS
FOR EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...BELOW OR NORMAL TEMPERATURES.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

RESERVOIRS EXPERIENCED GENERAL DECLINES IN CONSERVATION POOL LEVELS
FROM THEIR JULY VALUES. CONVECTIVE RAINFALL EVENTS WERE A PRIMARY
SOURCE OF PRECIPITATION OVER THE LAST 4 WEEKS...COVERAGE OF
CONVECTIVE STORMS CAN VARY OVER SHORT GEOGRAPHIC DISTANCES. THE
RESERVOIRS WERE NOT COLLOCATED WITH ANY HEAVY RAINFALL EVENTS FROM
THUNDERSTORMS SINCE THE END OF JULY. DESPITE THE DRY PERIOD ALL
RESERVOIRS REMAIN ABOVE ZERO PERCENT OF CONSERVATION CAPACITY.

THE FOLLOWING RESERVOIR CONDITIONS WERE REPORTED ON AUGUST 28TH:

RESERVOIR SUMMARY CONSERVATION POOL 4-WEEK MAXIMUM PERCENT OF
                         POOL TODAY CHANGE DEPTH  CONSERVATION
                                           (FEET) CAPACITY
MACKENZIE LAKE           3100 3010.5    0   61       8
WHITE RIVER LAKE         2370 2342.7 -0.2   16       4
LAKE ALAN HENRY          2220 2201.6 -1.1   59      57

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON SEPTEMBER 25TH OR SOONER IF NECESSARY
IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN CONDITIONS.

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RELATED WEB SITES...

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

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

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

OFFICE OF THE TEXAS STATE CLIMATOLOGIST:
HTTP://CLIMATEXAS.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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE 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 OBSERVATIONS 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 SOUTH LOOP 289 SUITE 100
LUBBOCK TEXAS  79423
PHONE: 806-745-4260
SR-LUB.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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