DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
408 AM CDT FRI JUN 19 2009

              ...DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...

     ...DROUGHT CONDITIONS WORSEN OVER SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

SYNOPSIS...
A PERSISTENT UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER SOUTHEAST TEXAS HAS
SHUNTED STORM SYSTEMS TO THE NORTH AND WEST OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. THE
LAST SIGNIFICANT RAIN TO AFFECT THIS AREA OCCURRED DURING APRIL.
SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS CROSSED THE AREA IN EARLY JUNE BUT COVERAGE
WAS SPOTTY AND RAINFALL TOTALS WERE LIGHT.

BELOW IS A TABLE WITH RAINFALL AND RAINFALL DEFICITS FOR A FEW SITES
ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS:

              HOUSTON INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT

MONTH     RAIN     DEP

JAN       0.49     -3.19
FEB       1.52     -1.46
MAR       4.08     +0.72
APR      10.38     +6.78
MAY       0.38     -4.77
JUN      TRACE     -3.40

TOTAL    16.85     -5.32


              HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT

MONTH     RAIN     DEP

JAN       0.37     -3.88
FEB       1.18     -1.83
MAR       2.52     -0.67
APR      15.61    +12.15
MAY       0.66     -4.45
JUN       0.93     -3.29

TOTAL    21.27     -1.97

             COLLEGE STATION

MONTH     RAIN     DEP

JAN       0.70     -2.62
FEB       0.68     -1.70
MAR       5.07     +2.23
APR       6.11     +2.91
MAY       1.41     -3.64
JUN      TRACE     -2.54

TOTAL    13.97     -5.36


             GALVESTON

MONTH     RAIN     DEP

JAN       0.34     -3.74
FEB       1.05     -1.56
MAR       3.73     +0.97
APR       5.23     +2.67
MAY       0.19     -3.51
JUN       0.32     -2.18

TOTAL    10.86     -7.35

            ANGLETON

MONTH     RAIN     DEP

JAN       0.25     -4.51
FEB       0.43     -4.33
MAR       1.57     -3.19
APR       3.40     -0.37
MAY       1.10     -3.66
JUN       0.61     -2.61

TOTAL     7.36    -18.67

BELOW IS A TABLE WITH THE ANNUAL RAINFALL...NORMAL RAIN AND THE
PERCENT OF RAIN WHICH FELL IN MARCH AND APRIL AND THE PERCENT OF THE
ANNUAL RAINFALL WHICH FELL DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF APRIL. THE
VALUE IN PARENTHESES IS THE INCHES OF RAIN MEASURED DURING THE
RESPECTIVE TIME PERIODS.

SITE     2009 RAIN     NORMAL    PERCENT     PERCENT
                       RAIN      MAR/APR     4/15 4/30

IAH      16.85         22.17     85.8 PCNT   55.3 PERCENT
                                 (14.46)     (9.32)

HOU      21.27         23.24     86.1 PCNT    70.3 PERCENT
                                 (18.31)     (14.95)

CLL      13.97         19.33     80.0 PCNT    41.1 PERCENT
                                 (11.18)     (5.74)

GLS      10.86         18.21     82.5 PCNT    44.5 PERCENT
                                 (8.96)       (4.83)

DON`T BE DECEIVED BY THE ANNUAL DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL. A WHOPPING 86
PERCENT OF THE 2009 ANNUAL RAINFALL FELL IN MARCH AND APRIL AND 55
PERCENT OF THE ANNUAL RAINFALL FELL DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF
APRIL. ONLY 0.40 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN AT INTERCONTINENTAL
AIRPORT SINCE APRIL 29TH. THE RAIN IN APRIL HELPED TO RECHARGE AREA
RESERVOIRS...BUT THE DROUGHT LAST FALL COUPLED WITH THE EARLY SUMMER
DROUGHT IS LEAVING YARDS AND FARMS PARCHED. WITH NO OR VERY LIMITED
RAIN CHANCES EXPECTED FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS...DROUGHT CONDITIONS
WILL WORSEN. HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT ENDURED IT`S WETTEST APRIL IN
RECORDED HISTORY AND YET STILL SUFFERS A RAINFALL DEFICIT FOR THE
YEAR BECAUSE EVERY OTHER MONTH OF THE YEAR HAD BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL.

AS OF JUNE 18 2009...THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR INDICATED THAT EXTREME
DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE AFFECTING PARTS OF JACKSON...MATAGORDA...
BURLESON AND BRAZOS COUNTIES. SINCE JANUARY 1 2009...EDNA HAS ONLY
RECEIVED 2.37 INCHES OF RAIN ALTHOUGH OTHER AREAS OF JACKSON COUNTY
HAVE RECEIVED SOME HEAVIER RAINFALL TOTALS. SEVERE DROUGHT
CONDITIONS WERE AFFECTING PARTS OF WHARTON...COLORADO...FORT
BEND...BRAZORIA...GRIMES...MADISON...WALKER AND HOUSTON COUNTIES.
MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE IMPACTING PARTS OF TRINITY AND
WASHINGTON COUNTIES. ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS COVERED THE REMAINDER
OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY DETERIORATE OVER THE NEXT
WEEK.

FOR FURTHER CLARIFICATION...SEE EITHER (ALL LINKS IN LOWER CASE)
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/DM_STATE.HTM?TX.S OR FOR THE ENTIRE
COUNTRY SEE...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML.

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...
THE LATEST SOIL MOISTURE ANOMALY GRAPHIC FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION
CENTER SHOWS ABNORMALLY DRY SOIL CONDITIONS OVER ALL OF SOUTHEAST
TEXAS...WITH EXCESSIVELY DRY CONDITIONS WEST OF THE COLORADO RIVER.
THE JUNE 17TH TEXAS A & M TEXAS CROP AND WEATHER REPORT INDICATED
THAT PRODUCERS WERE FEEDING HAY BUT SUPPLIES WERE SHORT. MANY HAY
GROWERS QUICKLY SOLD THEIR FIRST CUTTING. CROPS CONTINUE TO SUFFER
FROM THE HEAT AND DROUGHT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF RICE. LIVESTOCK WERE
DOING WELL. POND LEVELS HAD DROPPED. FOR MORE INFORMATION...SEE
HTTP://AGNEWS.TAMU.EDU (ALL LOWER CASE).

HYDROLOGIC IMPACTS...
RAINFALL NORTH OF THE REGION HAS ALLOWED RIVERS TO STAY NEAR BANKS.
THIS HAS ALLOWED AREA RESERVOIRS TO STAY NEAR CAPACITY.

     WATERSHED                   CAPACITY

LAKE LIVINGSTON                  100 PERCENT
LAKE CONROE                       97 PERCENT
HOUSTON COUNTY LAKE               97 PERCENT
LAKE HOUSTON                     100 PERCENT
LAKE SOMERVILLE                   90 PERCENT
LAKE TEXANA                       69 PERCENT


FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...
A MODERATE FIRE DANGER EXISTS OVER SOUTHEAST TEXAS. HIGH RELATIVE
HUMIDITY VALUES WILL ALLOW FOR SOME RECOVERY AT NIGHT. THE THREAT
FOR WILD FIRES HAS INCREASED DUE TO VERY DRY GROUND FUELS.

AS OF JUNE 18TH...THE HIGHEST KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDICES (500 TO
600) WERE LOCATED OVER MUCH OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. ONLY HOUSTON...
TRINITY...POLK...MATAGORDA...GALVESTON...CHAMBERS...AUSTIN AND
WALLER COUNTIES HAVE KEETCH-BYRAM VALUES OF BETWEEN 400 AND
500. (SEE THE LINK...ALL LOWER CASE HTTP://WEBGIS.TAMU.EDU/TFS/
KBDI_DAILY/ KBDICOUNTY.PNG). INDICES WILL LIKELY INCREASE THIS WEEK
IF BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL CONTINUES.

RESTRICTIONS/ACTIONS...
ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS FOREST SERVICE WEB SITE ON JUNE 18 2009...
(HTTP://TFSFRP.TAMU.EDU/WILDFIRES/DECBAN.PNG)...A BURN BAN IS IN
EFFECT FOR MADISON...WALKER...LIBERTY...CHAMBERS...GALVESTON...
MATAGORDA AND COLORADO COUNTIES.

RESIDENTS SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT WHEN DOING ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
WHICH INVOLVE FIRE OR SPARKS...BY MAKING SURE WATER IS QUICKLY
AVAILABLE IF AN UNWANTED FIRE OR SMOLDERING BEGIN. FINALLY...
MOTORISTS SHOULD NOT DISCARD LIGHTED CIGARETTES FROM THEIR VEHICLES.

OUTLOOK...
A PERSISTENT AND STRONG UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL
REMAIN ANCHORED OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND TEXAS. THIS FEATURE
WILL CONTINUE TO SHUNT WEATHER MAKERS TO THE WEST AND NORTH OF
SOUTHEAST TEXAS. TEMPERATURES WILL AVERAGE 5 TO 7 DEGREES WARMER THAN
THE CLIMATOLOGICAL NORMALS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. RAIN CHANCES WILL BE
VERY LOW. THE PLACEMENT OF THE UPPER RIDGE WILL DETERMINE WHEN RAIN
WILL RETURN TO SOUTHEAST TEXAS. AT THIS TIME...IT APPEARS THAT THE
UPPER RIDGE WILL EXERT INFLUENCE OVER TEXAS WEATHER THROUGH THE END
OF JUNE. RAIN CHANCES WILL REMAIN LOW AND TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN
ABOVE SEASONAL NORMALS.

THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE BE ISSUED ON OR AROUND
JULY 1 2009.

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