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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Lubbock TX
619 PM CDT Fri Mar 30 2018

TXC017-045-069-075-079-101-107-125-153-169-189-191-219-263-269-
279-303-305-345-369-433-437-445-501-012330-
619 PM CDT Fri Mar 30 2018

...Hopeful Recent Rain but Drought Remains...

Synopsis...

The previous month produced several episodes with light rainfall
across the area - mostly less than normal levels and inadequate to
moisten soil conditions - through late March. A heavier rainfall
dampened much of the Texas South Plains and the Rolling Plains
earlier this week. The rainfall from this most recent rainfall was
mostly after the cutoff date for consideration of this week`s
drought classifications, which continued to indicate widespread
severe to extreme drought. Drought conditions were harshest across
the Texas Panhandle and northern Rolling Plains.

Climate Summary...

La Nina remained in place the past month, but conditions weakened
temporarily with a tropical disturbance the end of February and
early March. This was at least partially responsible for several
isolated to scattered mostly light precipitation through mid
March. La Nina dominated producing mostly dry conditions during
the middle of March, then a significant upper level low pressure
system brought rainfall from three quarters of an inch to about an
inch and a half across much of the South Plains and Rolling
Plains March 27th and March 28th. Rainfall totals may have been
enough to improve upper soil profiles, recently, but not
widespread or soaking enough for improvement in all areas.

Precipitation/Temperature Outlook...

La Nina is expected to gradually weaken and trend neutral by mid
or late spring. Long range outlooks favoring above normal
temperatures and below normal rainfall through spring still
reflect the lingering La Nina. Rainfall patterns by late spring or
summer currently do not show any favor towards wetter or drier
than normal conditions.

Fire Weather Impacts...

Fire weather episodes continued off and on from late February
through much of March, with several instances of large fires.
Wind storms are a common threat in April - and any windy, warm,
and dry period will bring a risk of elevated to critical fire
weather conditions until green-up occurs. There also will be a
threat for very large fire growth and multiple day burning
periods until then.

Agricultural Impacts...

Gradually improving soil moisture profiles may lead to improving
field conditions. But irrigation needs also will likely increase
during April.

Hydrologic Summary and Outlook...

Reservoirs remain at fair storage levels, with modest changes
during the past month. The following reservoir conditions were
reported March 30th:

Reservoir Summary Conservation Pool 24 hour change Maximum Percent
   POOL    TODAY CHANGE DEPTH CONSERVATION (FEET) CAPACITY


MACKENZIE LAKE        3100     3025.3  -0.01 75     17
WHITE RIVER LAKE      2370     2349.9  -0.04 23     19
LAKE ALAN HENRY       2220     2213.4  -0.02 70     82
LAKE MEReDiTH         2936     2888.6  -0.03 76     40

This product will be updated May 3, unless significant changes
occur before then.

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Related Web Sites:

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.wather.weather.gov/precip

USGS:
http://www.water.usgs.gov

Climate Prediction Center:
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 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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