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Drought conditions increased throughout the United States. DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) increased from 24 to 31, which was the largest DSCI across the country since mid-March. Overall, the percent area of D0 (abnormally dry), D1 (moderate drought), and D2 (severe drought) expanded across the U.S. The area of abnormal dryness and drought increases were most notable in the Ohio Valley, Midwest, and Texas. In addition, D3 (extreme drought) conditions developed in a...

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

Overall, oceanic and atmospheric conditions were consistent with a weakening El Niño. In the July 2019 Climate Prediction Center update, it was predicted that a transition from El Niño to ENSO (El Niño/Southern Oscillation)-neutral is expected to occur in the next month or two. ENSO-neutral conditions are most likely to remain through the fall and winter in the Northern Hemisphere. To read more, click here .

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

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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 amount of melted precipitation...

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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 to...

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Tagsstreamflow, reservoir levels, Historical Data, Groundwater, Drought Restrictions, Drought Response, Drought Monitor, Drought Maps, Drought Index, Current Drought Conditions,