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In the November 2018 Climate Prediction Center update, it was determined that El Niño is expected to form and continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2018-19 (~80% chance) and into spring (~55-60% chance). The official forecast favors the formation of a weak El Niño, with the expectation that the atmospheric circulation will eventually couple to the anomalous equatorial Pacific warmth. To read more, click here.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook map for April 17 through July 31, 2014 shows drought to persist or intensify in most of the southwestern United States. In Texas, drought is expected to develop, persist or intensify throughout parts of West Texas and the Panhandle. In the eastern and southern portions of the state, drought improvement or removal is likely. To view the NOAA U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook map, click here

On April 10,...

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Over the last year, Freese and Nichols has hosted half-day and one-hour seminars to discuss Texas' drought with recommendations on how clients can respond. Questions included: How does the Texas drought affect our clients? How does the 2011 drought compare to previous droughts? How long will the drought last? What can our clients do in response to the drought?  Click here to view the February 2012 presentation for the one-hour Freese and Nichols drought seminar.  Click...

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Texas’ 2011 drought was the most severe one-year Texas drought on record; however, the drought of the 1950s is still considered to be the “drought of record” for much of the state because of its intensity and duration. The links below will direct you to historical drought information dating from 1895 to 2011. Most of the referenced information is more recent drought and climatic data. 

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