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In the October 2018 Climate Prediction Center update, it was determined that there is a 70-75% chance that El Niño is favored to form in the next couple of months and continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2018-19. The official forecast favors the formation of a weak El Niño, consistent with the recent strengthening of westerly wind anomalies and positive temperature trends in the surface and subsurface ocean. To read more, click here.

In the National Oceanic and...

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TagsLa Nina, Forecasts, Drought Outlook, Drought Maps, Climate,

Drought conditions overall have continued to improve compared to the previous week. The DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) decreased from 78 to 70. A wet weather pattern persisted across most of the nation as the active Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific Hurricane Seasons continued. Hurricane Michael caused widespread, locally catastrophic damage to the Florida Panhandle while Hurricane Sergio triggered additional moderate to heavy rain across the lower Four Corners Region....

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TagsCurrent Drought Conditions, Drought Index, Drought Maps, Drought Monitor, Drought Response, Drought Restrictions, Groundwater, Historical Data, reservoir levels, streamflow,

When I was an Engineer-in-Training, my manager at Freese and Nichols encouraged us to get involved with professional organizations but also to devote time to a cause we felt passionately about.

As a result, I’ve become increasingly active with Water for People, an international nonprofit group that focuses on providing “innovative and long-lasting solutions to the water, sanitation, and hygiene problems in the developing world.” One of the reasons I became an environmental engineer is that I saw what a critical issue water is both...

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TagsVolunteering, Community, water for people, Water, community involvement, career,

To be more cost-effective and energy-efficient, cities increasingly are shifting their wastewater treatment plants toward energy-recovery systems. And the high-rate activated sludge system (HRAS) is becoming the backbone of energy-efficient wastewater treatment processes.

But not enough research has been done on the various carbon-removal technologies available. And there is a need to better understand and improve nitrogen and phosphorous management in...

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TagsWastewater, wastewater treatment, Energy Efficiency, sludge, high activated sludge system,

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s inundation of Houston in August 2017, Freese and Nichols quickly put boots on the ground to help the Harris County Flood Control District assess the extent of flood damage to the 2,500 miles of channels across the county and estimate the costs of repairs.

However, this was only the beginning of the post...

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Tagsdisaster recovery, Hurricane harvey, storm, Flood, FEMA, TWDB, Funding, EPA, CWSRF, Water and Wastewater, Stormwater, water resources,

Finding a job you love can be a meandering journey that eventually leads you to a position where your skills are a perfect fit, even if you hadn’t imagined yourself there.

It took working in several very different and unrelated fields before I joined Freese and Nichols in a business technology role that has let me build my strengths and discover strengths I didn’t realize I had.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy out of high school and wound up as an electrician’s...

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Engineers often begin projects with the following questions: when it rains, how much water infiltrates into the soil, how much water runs off, and how quickly does this water travel? 

This exercise helps us to adequately size new...

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TagsNOAA precipitation, NOAA, NOAA rainfall,

The growing death toll from Hurricane Florence emphasizes that having a flood warning system in place is more important now than ever.

The National Weather Service estimates that floods were the leading cause of weather-related deaths in 2017 — ahead of heat — with 116 lives lost. Floods can occur at any time of the year, in any part of the country and at any time of the day or night....

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TagsFlooding, Hurricane, flood warning, Flood Monitoring, flood risk management,

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