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Drought conditions intensified across multiple regions of the United States this week. The nationwide Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) increased from 107 to 115, as the total percent coverage of abnormal dryness (D0), moderate (D1), severe (D2) and extreme (D3) drought conditions expanded and some extreme drought (D4) developed in southwest Texas. Over this past week, hot temperatures and precipitation deficits caused drought-related conditions to expand and intensify across...

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The July 2020 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) update indicated that overall, combined oceanic and atmospheric conditions remained consistent with ENSO-neutral during June 2020. Over the next few months, ENSO-neutral is favored through the summer of 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) issued a La Niña Watch for the fall, as there is a 50-55% chance of La Niña developing in the Northern...

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Recent rainfall has brought significant improvements to drought-stricken areas across the South Central United States. Lake levels are rising and crops are flourishing, but how do we know if the rain will continue in the coming days?

Freese and Nichols is pleased to announce the launch of our interactive precipitation forecast map . This map displays the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Quantitative Precipitation Forecast, which is the expected...

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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...

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Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Zebra mussels are back in the news, and as they spread farther into North Texas, Freese and Nichols is helping to address the threat posed by the invasive species.

(Star-Telegram article: Officials bracing for spread of zebra mussels ​)

So far, the major impact of zebra mussels on our clients has been that North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has lost access...

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