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Drought conditions have continued to intensify and expand across portions of the West, High Plains, Midwest, and the South. Fueled by dry conditions and Santa Ana winds, there was an explosive growth of the fires that started in Southern California the first week of December. In contrast, some snow fell across the South and Southeast, including southern Texas eastward into Georgia. There were a few areas where drought conditions improved, mainly in the far southern areas where there...

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In the December 2017 Climate Prediction Center update, La Niña conditions are predicted to continue (exceeding ~80 percent chance) through the Northern Hemisphere during winter 2017-18. Therefore, there is currently a La Niña advisory alert, and these conditions are likely to affect temperature and precipitation in the United States. The current outlook generally favors above-average temperatures and below-median precipitation across the southern tier of the United States, and below-average temperatures and above-median precipitation across the northern tier...

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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...

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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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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 water supply from Lake Texoma because of...

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