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Drought conditions have once again shown a slight deterioration overall as compared to the previous week. Dry conditions continued to dominate in the Desert Southwest and in parts of the Central Rockies. Farther east across the Great Plains, scattered thunderstorms led to some improvement. Overall, the eastern half of the United States continues to remain mostly free of drought conditions entirely.

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In the April 2018 Climate Prediction Center update, a transition from La Niña to ENSO-neutral is predicted to likely (greater than 50% chance) occur by May, with neutral conditions likely to continue through summer of 2018. Due to the lower prediction skills of the forecasts made during this time of year, predictions beyond summer of 2018 are highly uncertain. However, overall, the ocean and atmosphere system suggest the current La Niña pattern is continuing to weaken. To read more, click here...

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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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