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Drought conditions slightly contracted across the United States this week. The nationwide Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) decreased from 41 to 40, as the percent coverage of D1-D3 conditions constricted, while D0 conditions slightly expanded. Over this past week, storms brought precipitation to areas of the West, central Great Plains, southeastern Plains and into the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. Rainfall overlapped areas previously impacted by drought, including California and southern Texas,...

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The March 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 February 2020. Over the next few months, ENSO-neutral is favored during the spring of 2020 (~65% chance) and expected to continue through the summer of 2020 (~55% chance) in the Northern Hemisphere. To read more, click here .

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center 2020...

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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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