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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK TX
1136 AM CST THU JAN 29 2015

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST PANHANDLE AND
ROLLING PLAINS...

SYNOPSIS... DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE MOSTLY UNCHANGED SINCE THE FIRST
OF THE YEAR FOR THE SOUTHEAST PANHANDLE AND ROLLING PLAINS. SEVERE
TO EXTREME DROUGHT REMAINED...REFLECTING MULTI-YEAR DROUGHT PLAGUING
THE REGION. EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT AT THE D4 LEVEL WAS NOTED FOR THE
EASTERN STRIPS OF CHILDRESS AND COTTLE COUNTIES CONNECTED TO A LARGE
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT REGION THROUGH THE RED RIVER VALLEY.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS ENOUGH PRECIPITATION FELL TO MAINTAIN WINTER
WHEAT IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. LIVESTOCK ALSO REMAINED IN FAIR TO
GOOD CONDITION. STOCK TANKS AND AREA LAKES STILL NEEDED MOISTURE.

FIRE WEATHER IMPACTS THE AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR OF SEVERAL RECENT FIRES
IN THE REGION POINT TO CONCERN FOR AN ABOVE NORMAL ACTIVE FIRE
SEASON JUST AROUND THE CORNER. LARGE EXPANSES OF TALL GRASS REMAINED
ON CRP FOR AREAS ON THE CAPROCK WHILE ABOVE NORMAL FINE FUELS ALSO
WERE COMMON FOR PARTS OF THE ROLLING PLAINS AND SOUTHEAST PANHANDLE.
EVEN THOUGH ENERGY RELEASE COMPONENTS MOSTLY WERE AROUND NORMAL
VALUES...SOME OF THE ACTIVE FIRES OCCURRED DURING THOSE PERIODS.
LAND MANAGERS SHOULD REMAIN DILIGENT DURING ANY PERIOD OF WARM AND
DRY WEATHER...EITHER WITH BREEZY/WINDY CONDITIONS OR WITHOUT. FIRE
SEASON TYPICALLY RAMPS UP BY THE END OF FEBRUARY WITH THE START OF
THE SEASONAL WIND STORM SEASON. COUNTY BURN BANS REMAINED FOR
CHILDRESS...DICKENS...AND KING COUNTIES.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

JANUARY SAW SEVERAL DAMP PERIODS...WITH THE LATEST PERIOD AROUND
JANUARY 21ST AND 22ND BRINGING ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN TO THE
ROLLING PLAINS...AND AROUND A HALF INCH ACROSS THE EXTREME SOUTHEAST
PANHANDLE. COMBINED WITH LIGHTER PRECIPITATION EARLIER IN THE
MONTH...MOSTLY AVERAGE RECENT PRECIPITATION HAS BEEN THE RULE.
TEMEPRATURE RANGES IN JANUARY HAVE BEEN CLOSE TO TYPICAL LEVELS FOR
THE MOST PART.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

IN THE IMMEDIATE OUTLOOK PERIOD...JANUARY WILL END ON A WET NOTE
WITH PRECIPITATION CHANCES ENDING ON FEBRUARY FIRST. AREAS ACROSS
THE SOUTHWESTERN TEXAS PANHANDLE MAY SEE ANOTHER ROUND OF
SIGNIFICANT WINTRY PRECIPITATION WHILE THE SOUTH PLAINS AND ROLLING
PLAINS MAY SEE SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL. THE WEATHER PATTERN THEN LOOKS
TO REMAIN DRY THROUGH THE FIRST HALF OF FEBRUARY. TEMPERATURES LOOK
TO BE NEAR SEASONAL AVERAGES WITH WEST TEXAS SITUATED BETWEEN WARM
TEMPERATURES IN THE WESTERN US AND COOL TEMPERATURES IN THE EASTERN
US. THE LONG TERM OUTLOOK THROUGH APRIL SHOWS A GREATER CHANCE OF
BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES WITH ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

RESERVOIR LEVELS WERE MOSTLY UNCHANGED IN THE PAST MONTH.

THE FOLLOWING RESERVOIR CONDITIONS WERE REPORTED JANUARY 29TH:

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

MACKENZIE LAKE    3100          3009.5 -0.01   60      7
WHITE RIVER LAKE  2370          2342.9  0.00   16      4
LAKE ALAN HENRY   2220          2210.3 +0.04   67     75

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON FEBRUARY 26TH
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 ADN 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 MESONETSTATE 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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