DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
635 PM CDT THU MAR 31 2011

                 ...DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...

       ...NORTHERN THIRD OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS IS CRITICALLY DRY...

             ...COLLEGE STATION RECEIVES ONLY SIX INCHES
                    OF RAIN SINCE OCTOBER 1ST...

SYNOPSIS...
A FAST UPPER LEVEL FLOW HAS HELPED TO KEEP STORM SYSTEMS WEAK AND
MOISTURE LEVELS LOW OVER THE PAST TEN DAYS. AN UPPER LEVEL
DISTURBANCE AND A COLD FRONT BROUGHT SOME HIT AND MISS SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS TO SOUTHEAST TEXAS ON TUESDAY NIGHT...BUT THE PRECIPITATION
WAS MORE MISS THAN HIT. THE HEAVIEST RAIN ON TUESDAY NIGHT WAS 0.73
INCHES IN KINGWOOD. MOST AREAS RECEIVED JUST A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN
INCH...IF RECEIVING ANY RAIN AT ALL. THE LAST SIGNIFICANT RAIN EVENT
TO AFFECT SOUTHEAST TEXAS OCCURRED ON MARCH 14TH.

SINCE FEBRUARY 1ST...THE CITY OF HOUSTON (IAH) HAS RECEIVED ONLY
1.47 INCHES OF RAIN...COLLEGE STATION (CLL) HAS RECEIVED 1.30
INCHES...HOUSTON HOBBY (HOU) HAS RECEIVED 1.12 INCHES AND GALVESTON
(GLS) RECEIVED 3.37 INCHES. A QUICK CHECK OF THE MONTHLY RECORDS
REVEALS THAT HOBBY AIRPORT HAD IT`S SECOND DRIEST FEBRUARY AND SIXTH
DRIEST MARCH IN RECORDED HISTORY (1930). COLLEGE STATION HAD IT`S
NINTH DRIEST MARCH AND 10TH DRIEST FEBRUARY IN RECORDED HISTORY
(SINCE 1902). CITY OF HOUSTON RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1891 AND HOUSTON
RECORDED IT`S EIGHTH DRIEST FEBRUARY AND 11TH DRIEST MARCH.


            HERE ARE THE FIVE DRIEST FEB 1- MARCH 31:

       CITY OF      HOUSTON      COLLEGE        GALVESTON
       HOUSTON      HOBBY        STATION

    0.03 - 1916   0.98 - 1954    0.44 - 1916    0.27 - 1925
    0.98 - 1954   1.12 - 2011    1.29 - 1996    0.38 - 1916
    1.38 - 1996   1.40 - 1996    1.30 - 2011    1.16 - 1976
    1.47 - 2011   1.65 - 1962    1.31 - 1972    1.55 - 1953
    1.57 - 1925   2.67 - 1989    1.53 - 1962    1.56 - 1904

IT HAS BEEN BRUTALLY DRY OVER THE NORTHWEST PORTION OF SOUTHEAST
TEXAS. AN ISLAND OF DROUGHT FROM CALDWELL TO AUSTONIO TO HUNTSVILLE
TO BELLVILLE TO CALDWELL HAS BEEN EXCEPTIONALLY DRY. SOMERVILLE AND
COLLEGE STATION HAVE FAILED TO TALLY AN INCH OF RAIN IN SIX OF THE
LAST EIGHT MONTHS. SOMERVILLE HAS ONLY RECEIVED 4.97 INCHES OF RAIN
SINCE OCTOBER 1ST OR ROUGHLY 25 PERCENT OF THE EXPECTED NORMAL
RAINFALL. COLLEGE STATION HAS RECEIVED EXACTLY 6.00 INCHES OF RAIN
OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS. THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MINUTE...SIX MONTHS
IS HALF A YEAR. ONLY SIX INCHES OF RAIN FOR HALF A YEAR!! THE NORMAL
RAINFALL IN A CALENDAR YEAR FOR COLLEGE STATION IS 39.67 INCHES.

THE COLLEGE STATION AREA WAS QUITE DRY LAST YEAR AND 2010 WAS THE
TENTH DRIEST YEAR ON RECORD (RECORDS ESTABLISHED IN 1902). LOOKING BACK
EIGHT MONTHS (AUGUST 1ST)...COLLEGE STATION HAS RECEIVED 12.14
INCHES OF RAIN. THIS IS THE FOURTH DRIEST PERIOD ON RECORD. HERE ARE
THE TOP FIVE DRIEST AUGUST THROUGH MARCH FOR COLLEGE STATION:

                             AUG-MAR

                        8.66    1924/1925
                       11.27    1916/1917
                       12.02    1950/1951
                       12.15    2010/2011
                       12.31    1999/2000

                             DRIEST
                         CALENDAR YEARS

                         16.66    1917
                         17.80    1988
                         21.17    1948
                         23.09    1956
                         24.62    1999

OTHER VERY DRY LOCATIONS INCLUDE SOMERVILLE AND HUNTSVILLE WITH
RAINFALL TALLIES OF 9.14 INCHES AND 10.64 INCHES RESPECTIVELY SINCE
AUGUST 1ST 2010.

HERE ARE SOME RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS FOR SOME
LOCATIONS ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS:

LOCATION      OCT   NOV   DEC   JAN   FEB    MAR    TOTAL  PERCENT
                                                           OF NORMAL

BELLVILLE     0.00  1.28  0.98  2.75  0.76   1.14    6.91  35.7
NORMALS       3.70  3.76  3.16  3.33  2.48   2.92   19.35
DEPARTURE    -3.70 -2.48 -2.18 -0.58 -1.72  -1.78  -12.44

BRENHAM       0.03  1.42  1.28  4.15  0.81   0.80    8.49  40.3
NORMALS       4.48  4.17  3.29  3.41  2.78   2.93   21.06
DEPARTURE    -4.45 -2.75 -2.01 +0.74 -1.97  -2.13  -12.57

COL STATION     T   0.90  0.81  2.99  0.61   0.69    6.00  31.3
NORMALS       4.22  3.18  3.23  3.32  2.38   2.84   19.17
DEPARTURE    -4.22 -2.28 -2.42 -0.33 -1.77  -2.15  -13.17

COLUMBUS      0.00  2.59  1.30  3.51  0.64   0.48    8.52  41.1
NORMALS       4.16  3.99  3.21  3.61  2.84   2.93   20.74
DEPARTURE    -4.16 -1.40 -1.91 -0.10 -2.20  -2.45  -12.22

CONROE          T   5.33  1.49  4.04  0.61   0.35   11.82  49.3
NORMALS       4.70  4.79  4.37  4.21  2.97   2.94   23.98
DEPARTURE    -4.70 +0.54 -2.88 -0.17 -2.36  -2.59  -12.16

CROCKETT      0.85  3.43  1.12  5.29  0.70   0.35   11.74  51.7
NORMALS       4.22  3.93  4.02  4.00  3.10   3.45   22.72
DEPARTURE    -3.37 -0.50 -2.90 +1.29 -2.40  -3.10  -10.98

DANEVANG      0.00  2.40  4.28  3.62  0.37   0.05   10.72  53.5
NORMALS       4.56  3.68  3.08  3.23  2.67   2.83   20.05
DEPARTURE    -4.56 -1.28 +1.20 +0.39 -2.30  -2.78   -9.33

GALVESTON     1.37  6.90  2.13  3.86  0.67   2.70   17.63  87.7
NORMALS       3.49  3.64  3.53  4.08  2.61   2.76   20.11
DEPARTURE    -2.12 +3.26 -1.40 -0.22 -1.94  -0.06   -2.48

FREEPORT      0.03  3.86  1.75  4.21  0.84   0.81   11.50  51.2
NORMALS       4.52  4.42  3.51  4.29  2.84   2.87   22.45
DEPARTURE    -4.49 -0.56 -1.76 -0.08 -2.00  -2.06  -10.95

HOU HOBBY     0.07  4.75  5.84  4.10  0.34   0.78   15.88  66.1
NORMALS       5.26  4.54  3.78  4.25  3.01   3.19   24.03
DEPARTURE    -5.19 +0.21 +2.06 -0.15 -2.67  -2.41   -8.15

HOU IAH       0.02  2.71  3.04  5.05  0.69   0.78   12.24  54.6
NORMALS       4.50  4.19  3.69  3.68  2.98   3.36   22.40
DEPARTURE    -4.48 -1.48 -0.65 +1.37 -2.29  -2.58  -10.16

HUNTSVILLE    0.58  2.01  1.23  3.62  0.37   0.07    7.88  32.6
NORMALS       4.32  4.87  4.10  4.28  3.14   3.47   24.18
DEPARTURE    -3.74 -2.86 -2.87 -0.66 -2.77  -3.40  -16.30

LIVINGSTON    0.14  3.23  1.38  3.73  0.89   0.84   10.21  40.0
NORMALS       3.82  4.76  4.92  4.64  3.47   3.89   25.50
DEPARTURE    -3.68 -1.53 -3.54 -0.91 -2.58  -3.05  -15.29

KATY          0.00  2.01  1.73  4.76  0.05   1.24    8.55  41.4
NORMALS       4.00  4.41  3.67  3.34  2.59   2.64   20.65
DEPARTURE    -4.00 -2.40 -1.94 +1.42 -2.54  -1.40   -9.46

MADISONVILLE  0.21  1.05  1.09  2.89  0.81   0.95    7.29  33.3
NORMALS       4.41  4.01  3.62  3.81  2.83   3.24   21.92
DEPARTURE    -4.20 -2.96 -2.53 -0.92 -2.02  -2.29  -14.63

MATAGORDA     0.05  2.85  1.66  3.42  0.61   0.89    9.48  48.7
NORMALS       3.72  4.19  2.57  3.63  2.81   2.54   19.46
DEPARTURE    -3.67 -1.34 -0.91 -0.21 -2.20  -1.65   -9.98

NEW CANEY     0.00  6.18  2.71  6.42  0.96   0.90   17.17  67.9
NORMALS       4.57  4.83  4.40  4.22  3.31   3.96   25.29
DEPARTURE    -4.57 +1.35 -1.69 +2.20 -2.35  -3.06   -8.12

SOMERVILLE    0.03  0.88  0.80  2.77  0.41   0.08    4.97  25.9
NORMALS       4.33  3.63  3.14  2.93  2.53   2.62   19.18
DEPARTURE    -4.30 -2.75 -2.34 -0.16 -2.12  -2.54  -14.21

TOMBALL         T   3.28  1.00  2.52  0.30   1.24    8.34  35.8
NORMALS       4.02  5.11  3.89  3.85  3.33   3.09   23.27
DEPARTURE    -4.02 -1.83 -2.89 -1.33 -3.03  -1.85  -14.93

WASH ST PARK  0.00  1.17  1.29  3.76  0.66   1.08    7.96  38.3
NORMALS       4.38  3.68  3.30  3.54  2.74   3.13   20.77
DEPARTURE    -4.38 -2.51 -2.01 +0.22 -2.08  -2.05  -12.81

W COLUMBIA    0.00  3.02  1.58  4.22  0.75   0.61   10.18

HERE ARE SOME MARCH RAINFALL TOTALS FOR OTHER COMMUNITIES ACROSS
SOUTHEAST TEXAS:

LOCATION       MARCH    NORM    DEP

ANAHUAC        1.34     3.33   -1.99
BAY CITY       0.60     3.00   -2.40
BAYTOWN        1.16     3.21   -2.05
CLEVELAND      1.66     4.04   -2.38
EDNA           0.84     2.73   -1.89
EL CAMPO       0.22     NA      NA
HOU NWS        1.96     3.51   -1.55
HOU WESTBURY   0.63     3.11   -2.44
LIBERTY        1.78     3.84   -2.06
MONTGOMERY     1.72     3.21   -1.49
PALACIOS       0.77     2.70   -1.93
RICHMOND       0.69     3.06   -2.37
SUGARLAND      1.40     3.24   -1.84
WHARTON        0.13     2.90   -2.77


THE DRY PERIOD FOR SOUTHEAST TEXAS INTENSIFIED DURING THE AUTUMN OF
2010 AS A STRONG LA NINA PHASE DEVELOPED. ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A BRIEF
WINDOW WITH ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL DURING LATE DECEMBER AND EARLY
JANUARY...THE OVERALL TREND SINCE OCTOBER HAS BEEN VERY DRY WITH
BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL. COLLEGE STATION HAS RECEIVED ONLY 6.00 INCHES
OF RAIN SINCE OCTOBER 1ST OR 31.3 PERCENT OF NORMAL. THE NORMAL
RAINFALL AT COLLEGE STATION FOR OCTOBER 1 THROUGH MARCH 31 IS 19.17
INCHES.

                     DRIEST OCTOBER 1 - MARCH 31

           COLLEGE         CITY OF              HOUSTON
           STATION         HOUSTON (IAH)        HOBBY

          6.00 - 2011      8.34 - 1918          10.45 - 1956
          8.07 - 1967      9.21 - 2000          11.37 - 2000
          8.27 - 1918      9.73 - 1909          11.55 - 2006
          8.64 - 1971     10.19 - 1955          12.50 - 2009
          8.80 - 1917     10.35 - 1895          13.74 - 1971
                          12.29 - 2011 (13TH)   15.88 - 2011 (13TH)

THE LAST TIME THE HOUSTON AREA RECEIVED A SOAKING RAIN...DEFINED FOR
THIS STATEMENT AS A CALENDAR DAY WITH AN INCH OF RAIN OR MORE OCCURRED ON
JANUARY 24TH. BELOW ARE DATES WITH THE LAST TIME THESE RAINFALL
AMOUNTS OCCURRED DURING A CALENDAR DAY AT THE PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES:

SITE       2.00 OR MORE     1.00 OR MORE    0.50 OR MORE

IAH        SEP  7 2010      JAN 24 2011     JAN 24 2011
HOU        JAN 24 2011      JAN 24 2011     MAR 14 2011
CLL        SEP  7 2010      JAN  9 2011     JAN  9 2011
GLS        MAR  5 2011      MAR  5 2011     MAR  5 2011

TEMPERATURES HAVE BEGUN TO WARM QUITE A BIT AS WELL. REMEMBER HOW
COLD THE FIRST 14 DAYS OF FEBRUARY WERE? THE SECOND HALF OF THE
MONTH WAS VERY WARM AND THE THERMOSTAT HAS BEEN STUCK ON HIGH EVER
SINCE. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE SINCE FEBRUARY 15TH HAS BEEN THE
WARMEST ON RECORD FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON...HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT
AND COLLEGE STATION. GALVESTON HAS ENDURED IT`S FOURTH WARMEST PERIOD
ON RECORD. HOBBY AIRPORT TIED FOR IT`S THIRD WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD.

HERE ARE THE FIVE WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THE FOUR PRIMARY
CLIMATE SITES FROM FEBRUARY 15TH THROUGH MARCH 31ST:

          CITY OF       HOUSTON      COLLEGE      GALVESTON
          HOUSTON       HOBBY        STATION

          67.1 2011     68.4 2011    66.5 2011    68.7 1907
          65.9 2000     67.2 2000    65.0 1916    67.1 1882
          65.9 1918     65.7 1972    64.9 1904    65.6 1972
          65.8 1925     65.2 1986    64.5 2000    65.4 2011
          65.4 1945     64.9 1974    64.1 1982    65.2 1925

AS OF MARCH 29TH 2011...THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWED MUCH OF THE
NORTHERN HALF OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS IN EXTREME DROUGHT OR D-3. SEVERE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE EXPANDED SOUTH AND NOW COVER MOST OF
SOUTHEAST TEXAS EXCLUDING THE IMMEDIATE COAST. THERE ARE 23 COUNTIES
THAT COMPRISE AN AREA REFERRED TO AS SOUTHEAST TEXAS. 15 OF THE
COUNTIES ARE NOW CLASSIFIED AS EXTREME DROUGHT.

DROUGHT CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY WORSEN OVER THE NEXT TEN DAYS.
TEMPERATURES WILL WARM INTO THE MID 80S DURING THE DAY AND RAINFALL
AMOUNTS WILL REMAIN WELL BELOW NORMAL. THE NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE
FIRST TEN DAYS OF APRIL IS BETWEEN 1.00 AND 1.50 INCHES. THE
STANDARDIZED PRECIPITATION INDICES REFLECT D-3 AND D-4 CONDITIONS
OVER MUCH OF EAST CENTRAL TEXAS. IF RAIN DOES NOT MATERIALIZE
SOON...PARTS OF EAST CENTRAL TEXAS WILL REACH D-4 OR EXCEPTIONAL
DROUGHT STATUS.

BELOW IS A LIST OF COUNTIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE CLASSIFICATION AS
DESIGNATED BY THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR AS OF MARCH 29TH:

                 D-3           D-2           D-1

               EXTREME        SEVERE       MODERATE
               DROUGHT        DROUGHT      DROUGHT

               AUSTIN         CHAMBERS     BRAZORIA
               BRAZOS         FORT BEND    GALVESTON
               BURLESON       HARRIS       MATAGORDA
               COLORADO       JACKSON
               GRIMES         WHARTON
               HOUSTON
               LIBERTY
               MADISON
               MONTGOMERY
               POLK
               SAN JACINTO
               TRINITY
               WALKER
               WALLER
               WASHINGTON


                 U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFICATIONS


BELOW IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF EACH DROUGHT CLASSIFICATION:

D4 EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT - EXCEPTIONAL OR WIDESPREAD CROP/PASTURE LOSS
   A SHORTAGE OF WATER IN RESERVOIRS AND STREAMS CREATING
   A WATER EMERGENCY.

D3 EXTREME DROUGHT - MAJOR CROP OR PASTURE LOSSES. WIDESPREAD WATER
   SHORTAGES AND RESTRICTIONS.

D2 SEVERE DROUGHT - CROP OR PASTURE LOSSES LIKELY. SOME WATER
   SHORTAGES COMMON AND SOME WATER RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED.

D1 MODERATE DROUGHT - SOME DAMAGE TO CROPS AND PASTURES. RESERVOIRS
   OR WELLS LOW. VOLUNTARY WATER RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED.

D0 ABNORMALLY DRY - SHORT TERM DRYNESS. PLANT GROWTH SLOWS. MINOR
   WATER DEFICITS.


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.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN QUITE DRY SINCE OCTOBER 2008. THE LAST NINE
WEEKS HAVE BEEN VERY DRY AND THE LONG RANGE OUTLOOK INDICATES DRIER
THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS TO PREVAIL THROUGH EARLY JUNE. THE 6 TO 10
DAY AND 8 TO 14 DAY PRECIPITATION PROBABILITY INDICATES A DRIER
SIGNAL SO IT APPEARS THAT MORE DRY WEATHER IS IN THE OFFING. WARMER
THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES WILL PREVAIL THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH
AND THIS TREND WILL EXTEND INTO EARLY SUMMER.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...
AGRICULTURAL CONDITIONS ARE DETERIORATING! THE REGION REMAINS VERY
DRY. PLANTING OF NEW FORAGES WERE PUT ON HOLD DUE TO A LACK OF
MOISTURE. STOCK WATER TANKS AND POND LEVELS WERE DROPPING
DRASTICALLY WITH SOME NEAR RECORD LOW LEVELS. WHEAT WAS NOT LOOKING
GOOD. RICE PLANTING CONTINUED DESPITE THE DRY CONDITIONS. TOPSOIL
MOISTURE DRIED OUT AND MANY FARMERS STOPPED PLANTING COTTON AND WERE
WAITING FOR RAIN BEFORE RESUMING.

RANGELAND AND PASTURES CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE. LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS
WERE SUPPLEMENTING HAY TO MAKE UP FOR THE LACK OF GRAZING.

FOR MORE INFORMATION...SEE HTTP://AGRILIFE.ORG/TODAY (ALL LOWER CASE).

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...
100 HOUR FUEL MOISTURE WAS CRITICALLY DRY...GENERALLY LESS THAN 10
PERCENT NORTH OF A LIBERTY TO BEDIAS LINE AND LESS THAN 25 PERCENT
OVER THE REMAINDER OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. THE MOISTURE CONTENT IN 1000
HOUR DEAD FUEL WAS LESS THAN 18 PERCENT NORTH AND WEST OF A HIGH
ISLAND TO SUGARLAND TO PALACIOS LINE AND LESS THAN 16 PERCENT WEST
OF A GROVETON TO NEW WAVERLY TO BRENHAM LINE. THE DAILY FIRE MAP AND
FIVE DAY AVERAGES SHOW A MODERATE RISK FOR FIRE DANGER ACROSS
SOUTHEAST TEXAS.

UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES AND LESS THAN NORMAL RAINFALL HAS
HELPED TO RAISE KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDICES ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS.
VALUES BETWEEN 700 AND 800 ARE CRITICAL AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. THE
KBDI VALUES IN BURLESON...BRAZOS AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES NOW EXCEED
600. BELOW IS A TABLE WITH KBDI VALUES (3/31/2011):

     600-700       500-600       500-400       400-300     300-200

     BRAZOS        AUSTIN        BRAZORIA      HARRIS      CHAMBERS
     BURLESON      COLORADO      FORT BEND                 GALVESTON
     WASHINGTON    GRIMES        LIBERTY
                   HOUSTON       MATAGORDA
                   JACKSON       MONTGOMERY
                   MADISON
                   POLK
                   SAN JACINTO
                   TRINITY
                   WALKER
                   WALLER
                   WHARTON

(SEE THE LINK...ALL LOWER CASE HTTP://WEBGIS.TAMU.EDU/TFS/
KBDI_DAILY/ KBDICOUNTY.PNG).

RESTRICTIONS/ACTIONS...

BURN BANS ARE COMMON ACROSS THE STATE AND 180 COUNTIES HAVE ISSUED
BURN BANS. LOCALLY...OVER HALF THE COUNTIES ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS
HAVE ISSUED BURN BANS.

ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS FOREST SERVICE WEB SITE ON MARCH 31ST 2011...
(HTTP://TFSFRP.TAMU.EDU/WILDFIRES/ DECBAN.PNG)...A BURN BAN IS IN
EFFECT FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES:

AUSTIN...BRAZOS...BURLESON...COLORADO...GRIMES...JACKSON...
LIBERTY...MADISON...SAN JACINTO...TRINITY...WALKER...WASHINGTON AND
WHARTON.

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.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

SOMEHOW LAKE LIVINGSTON AND LAKE HOUSTON REMAIN NEAR 100 PERCENT
CAPACITY. RIVER LEVELS HAVE BEGUN TO DECLINE AND RESERVOIR LEVELS
WILL BEGIN TO DROP UNLESS RAIN RETURNS TO THE REGION. RESERVOIRS
LOCATED IN THE WESTERN HALF OF THE REGION HAVE DROPPED AND LEVELS
ARE BELOW 75 PERCENT AT LAKE TEXANA.

     WATERSHED                   CAPACITY

LAKE LIVINGSTON                 99.9 PERCENT
LAKE CONROE                     92.8 PERCENT
HOUSTON COUNTY LAKE             97.2 PERCENT
LAKE HOUSTON                   100.0 PERCENT
LAKE SOMERVILLE                 84.2 PERCENT
LAKE TEXANA                     73.5 PERCENT

WATER RESTRICTIONS...NONE AT THIS TIME. IF SIGNIFICANT RAIN DOES NOT
FALL SOON...RESIDENTS AND OTHER WATER USERS IN THE DESIGNATED D3 AND
D4 ZONES SHOULD PREPARE FOR SOME TYPE OF WATER RESTRICTION.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

A DRY NORTHWEST FLOW ALOFT AND WEAK SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE WILL KEEP
THINGS DRY THROUGH THE WEEKEND. A COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO CROSS
THE AREA ON MONDAY APRIL 4TH AND THIS FEATURE WILL BRING SCATTERED
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO SOUTHEAST TEXAS. THE SYSTEM IS
PROGRESSIVE AND WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION QUICKLY SO RAINFALL
AMOUNTS WILL GENERALLY BE LIGHT. LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD...AN UPPER
LEVEL RIDGE WILL BUILD OVER THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES. THIS WEATHER
PATTERN SHOULD KEEP MUCH OF SOUTH AND EAST TEXAS DRY THROUGH APRIL
10TH.

THE SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK ISSUED MARCH 17 2011 VALID FOR THE
PERIOD OF APRIL...MAY AND JUNE SHOWS DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO PERSIST
OR INTENSIFY.

THE NEXT DROUGHT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON OR AROUND APRIL 15TH OR
16TH 2011.

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