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Drought conditions overall have not changed significantly for the country compared to the previous week. The DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) remains at 90. Three distinct tropical systems brought relief to areas previously under drought conditions; Hurricane Florence brought record rainfall to the Carolinas, a low-pressure system in the western Gulf of Mexico brought rain to parts of Texas and Louisiana, and Tropical Storm Olivia brought more rain to Hawaii. Unfortunately, other areas experiencing severe to exceptional drought...

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In the September 2018 Climate Prediction Center update, it was determined that there is a 50-55 percent chance of El Niño onset during the Northern Hemisphere fall 2018 (September – November), increasing to 65-70 percent during winter 2018-19. The persistence of above-average subsurface temperatures and continuing flare-ups of westerly wind anomalies also support the eventual development of El Niño. To read more, click here.

In the National Oceanic...

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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,