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Drought conditions worsened overall. DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) increased from 15 to 18. The majority of the deterioration occurred across portions of the Southeast and lower Mid-Atlantic where persistent hot and dry weather continued. However, heavy rains are projected to impact the region in the coming days and is expected to provide relief. In the South, recent precipitation helped alleviate small areas of drought in the Trans Pecos region of Texas. According to NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information,...

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Overall, oceanic and atmospheric conditions remain consistent with El Niño. In the May 2019 Climate Prediction Center update, it was determined that El Niño is likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere summer 2019 (70 percent chance) and fall (55-60 percent chance). To read more, click here.

In the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook update covering May through August, existing drought conditions are expected to persist...

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