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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Lubbock TX
532 PM CDT Thu Oct 18 2018

532 PM CDT Thu Oct 18 2018

...Severe Drought has ended across the Texas South Plains


A series of upper level storm systems has brought above normal
rainfall to the Texas South Plains region over the past 90 days.
Rainfall during this three month period has been 2 to 6 inches
above normal, with local totals as much as 12 inches greater than
normal. Wet to extremely wet conditions have resulted and severe
drought levels have ended according to the latest U.S. Drought

Long-term rainfall deficits have been a bit slower to ease over
the southern Panhandle, and a small area of D1 (moderate drought) remains
over northeast Swisher and northern Briscoe Counties in the
latest US Drought Monitor. This area also is projected to see
improvements, especially following this weeks rain and forecasts
for more rain next week and perhaps beyond.

Climate Summary...

The current wet pattern is consistent with early El Nino weather
conditions. Officially, El Nino has not yet developed because it
takes a number of consecutive months for El Nino to be observed.
But the storm systems affecting West Texas and the entire U.S.
Southwest very much resemble an El Nino pattern. As such, wet
weather is expected to continue through the late fall and into the

Hydrologic Summary and Outlook...

Most area reservoirs have seen slight increases in water levels in
the past 5 weeks, yet retain significant capacity for additional

              Conversation   Pool    5 Week   Percent
               Pool(feet)    Today   Change   Capacity

MACKENZIE LAKE    3100       3022.3   -0.2      15
WHITE RIVER LAKE  2370       2348.9   +1.3      16
LAKE ALAN HENRY   2220       2215.7   +4.4      88
LAKE MEREDITH     2936       2886.8   +0.8      38

This is the final issuance of this drought product for the
2017-2017 Texas South Plains Drought.


Related Web Sites:

U.S. Drought Monitor:

NOAA Drought Page:

Office of the Texas State Climatologist:

NWS Precipitation:


Climate Prediction Center:


Texas Agrilife Extension Agency Crop and Weather Report:

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 University West Texas Mesonet,
State Cooperative Extension Services, the USDA, USACE, and USGS.

Questions or comments about this product? Please contact:

National Weather Service
2579 S Loop 289 Suite 100
Lubbock TX 79423
Phone: 806-745-4926
E-mail: lub.webmaster@noaa.gov


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