DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
345 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

...DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS PREVAIL OVER THE NORTHERN
THIRD OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

...APRIL 2011 NOW ON TARGET TO BE DRIEST APRIL
ON RECORD ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

SYNOPSIS...
DRY CONDITIONS CONTINUED ACROSS SOUTHEAST THROUGH LAST WEEKEND. A
STRONG UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE TRIGGERED SCATTERED SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE NORTHEAST PORTION OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS...
MAINLY ALONG EAST OF A MIDWAY TO HUNTSVILLE TO KINGWOOD TO ANAHUAC
LINE ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT. EAST OF THE AFOREMENTIONED
LINE...RAINFALL AMOUNTS AVERAGED BETWEEN 1 TO 2 INCHES WITH SOME
ISOLATED RAINFALL TOTALS NEAR 4 INCHES. WEST OF THE LINE...LOCATIONS
WERE NOT AS FORTUNATE AND RAINFALL TOTALS WERE GENERALLY ZERO.

IF THE DROUGHT WAS NOT SEVERE ENOUGH...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE
ALSO REPORTED. COLLEGE STATION AND HOUSTON EACH REPORTED SEVERAL
RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES AND A STRING OF MORNINGS WITH RECORD HIGH
MINIMUM TEMPERATURES. GALVESTON RECORDED A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 95
DEGREES ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON (APRIL 27TH). THIS VALUE IS THE
WARMEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN THE MONTH OF APRIL.

SINCE FEBRUARY 1ST...THE CITY OF HOUSTON (IAH) HAS RECEIVED ONLY
1.58 INCHES OF RAIN...COLLEGE STATION (CLL) HAS RECEIVED 1.30
INCHES...HOUSTON HOBBY (HOU) HAS RECEIVED 1.12 INCHES AND GALVESTON
(GLS) RECEIVED 3.49 INCHES. DANEVANG (WHARTON COUNTY) HAS ONLY
RECEIVED 0.69 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE FEBRUARY 1ST.

HERE ARE THE FIVE DRIEST FEB 1- APRIL 27:

CITY OF HOUSTON COLLEGE DANEVANG
HOUSTON HOBBY STATION

1.58 - 2011 1.12 - 2011 1.27 - 1916 0.69 - 2011
1.68 - 1925 2.59 - 1996 1.30 - 2011 0.92 - 1925
2.28 - 1916 3.24 - 1954 2.63 - 1920 1.84 - 1996
3.09 - 1996 3.63 - 1989 2.67 - 1972 2.09 - 1984
3.90 - 1920 3.85 - 1963 2.86 - 1925 2.26 - 1956

HERE ARE THE PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL RAINFALL SINCE FEBRUARY 1ST FOR
THE FOUR PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES:

SITE RAINFALL NORMAL DEPARTURE PERCENT OF
2/1 - 4/27 RAINFALL NORMAL

IAH 1.58 9.52 -7.94 16.6
HOU 1.12 9.27 -8.15 12.1
CLL 1.30 8.02 -6.72 16.2
GLS 3.49 7.63 -4.14 45.7
DANEVANG 0.69 7.78 -7.09 8.9

IT HAS BEEN BRUTALLY DRY OVER THE NORTHWEST PORTION OF SOUTHEAST
TEXAS. AN ISLAND OF DROUGHT FROM CALDWELL TO HUNTSVILLE TO
HOUSTON TO BELLVILLE TO CALDWELL HAS BEEN EXCEPTIONALLY DRY.
SOMERVILLE AND COLLEGE STATION HAVE FAILED TO TALLY AN INCH OF RAIN
IN SEVEN OF THE LAST NINE MONTHS. SOMERVILLE HAS ONLY RECEIVED
5.07 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE OCTOBER 1ST OR ROUGHLY 23 PERCENT OF THE
EXPECTED NORMAL RAINFALL. COLLEGE STATION HAS RECEIVED ONLY 6.00
INCHES OF RAIN SINCE OCTOBER 1ST OR 27.4 PERCENT OF NORMAL. THE
NORMAL RAINFALL AT COLLEGE STATION FOR OCTOBER 1 THROUGH APRIL 27TH
IS 21.97 INCHES. THE NORMAL RAINFALL IN A CALENDAR YEAR FOR COLLEGE
STATION IS 39.67 INCHES.

THE DRY PERIOD FOR SOUTHEAST TEXAS INTENSIFIED DURING THE AUTUMN OF
2010 AS A STRONG LA NINA PHASE DEVELOPED. ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A BRIEF
PERIOD WITH ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL DURING LATE DECEMBER AND EARLY
JANUARY...THE OVERALL TREND SINCE OCTOBER HAS BEEN VERY DRY WITH
BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL.

DRIEST OCTOBER 1 - APRIL 27 (209 DAYS)

COLLEGE CITY OF HOUSTON DANEVANG
STATION HOUSTON (IAH) HOBBY

6.00 2011 11.73 1895 12.24 1956 8.73 1916
7.81 1925 12.02 1909 12.45 2006 9.12 1918
9.67 1951 12.40 2011 14.40 1988 10.02 1951
9.81 1971 12.52 1956 15.22 1989 10.64 1951
10.11 1917 12.65 1925 15.54 1971 10.73 1954
15.88 2011 6TH 11.21 2011 7TH

APRIL IS JUST ABOUT COMPLETE AND MANY LOCATIONS HAVE YET TO TALLY
EVEN A TENTH OF AN INCH OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH. CROCKETT LEADS THE
WAY WITH 3.28 INCHES OF RAIN DURING APRIL. CLEVELAND TAKES THE
SILVER MEDAL WITH 2.93 INCHES OF RAIN AND LIVINGSTON EARNS THE
BRONZE WITH 1.26 INCHES OF RAIN. THESE MODEST RAINFALL TOTALS ARE
STILL BELOW THE 30 YEAR NORMALS FOR THIS AREA. HERE ARE SOME
RAINFALL TOTALS FOR SOME LOCATIONS ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS FROM
OCTOBER 1 2010 THROUGH APRIL 27TH 2011:

LOCATION OCT/NOV DEC/JAN FEB MAR APR TOTAL PERCENT
OF NORM

BELLVILLE 1.28 3.73 0.76 1.14 0.04 6.95
NORMALS 7.46 6.49 2.48 2.92 2.81 22.16 31.4
DEPARTURE -6.18 -2.76 -1.72 -1.78 -2.77 -15.21

BRENHAM 1.45 5.43 0.81 0.80 0.02 8.51
NORMALS 8.65 6.79 2.78 2.93 2.98 24.13 35.3
DEPARTURE -7.20 -1.36 -1.97 -2.13 -2.96 -15.62

COL STATION 0.90 3.80 0.61 0.69 T 6.00
NORMALS 7.40 6.55 2.38 2.84 2.80 21.97 27.4
DEPARTURE -6.50 -2.75 -1.77 -2.15 -2.80 -15.91

COLUMBUS 2.59 4.81 0.64 0.48 0.05 8.57
NORMALS 8.15 6.82 2.84 2.93 3.12 23.86 35.9
DEPARTURE -5.56 -2.01 -2.20 -2.45 -3.07 -15.29

CONROE 5.33 5.53 0.61 0.35 0.41 12.23
NORMALS 9.49 8.58 2.97 2.94 3.39 27.37 44.7
DEPARTURE -4.16 -3.05 -2.36 -2.59 -2.98 -15.14

CROCKETT 4.28 6.41 0.70 0.35 3.28 15.02
NORMALS 8.15 8.02 3.10 3.45 3.45 26.17 57.4
DEPARTURE -3.87 -1.61 -2.40 -3.10 -0.17 -11.15

DANEVANG 2.40 7.90 0.62 0.05 0.02 10.99
NORMALS 8.24 6.31 2.67 2.83 2.28 22.33 49.2
DEPARTURE -5.84 +1.59 -2.05 -2.78 -2.26 -11.34

GALVESTON 8.27 5.99 0.67 2.70 0.12 17.75
NORMALS 7.13 7.61 2.61 2.76 2.26 22.37 79.3
DEPARTURE +1.14 -1.62 -1.94 -0.06 -2.14 - 4.62

FREEPORT 3.89 5.96 0.84 0.81 0.00 11.50
NORMALS 8.94 7.80 2.84 2.87 2.50 24.95 46.1
DEPARTURE -5.05 -1.84 -2.00 -2.06 -2.50 -13.45

HOU HOBBY 4.82 9.94 0.34 0.78 T 15.88
NORMALS 9.80 8.03 3.01 3.19 3.07 27.10 58.6
DEPARTURE -4.98 +1.91 -2.67 -2.41 -3.07 -11.22

HOU IAH 2.73 8.09 0.69 0.78 0.11 12.40
NORMALS 8.69 7.37 2.98 3.36 3.18 25.58 48.5
DEPARTURE -5.96 +0.72 -2.29 -2.58 -3.07 -13.18

HUNTSVILLE 2.59 4.85 0.37 0.07 0.46 8.34
NORMALS 9.19 8.38 3.14 3.47 3.10 27.28 30.6
DEPARTURE -6.60 -3.53 -2.77 -3.40 -2.64 -18.94

LIVINGSTON 3.37 5.11 0.89 0.84 1.26 11.47
NORMALS 8.58 9.56 3.47 3.89 3.47 28.97 39.6
DEPARTURE -5.21 -4.45 -2.58 -3.05 -2.21 -17.50

KATY 2.01 6.49 0.05 1.24 0.00 9.79
NORMALS 8.41 7.01 2.59 2.64 2.64 23.29 42.0
DEPARTURE -6.40 -0.52 -2.54 -1.40 -2.64 -13.50

MADISONVILLE 1.26 3.98 0.81 0.95 0.08 7.08
NORMALS 8.42 7.43 2.83 3.24 2.86 24.78 28.6
DEPARTURE -7.16 -3.45 -2.02 -2.29 -2.78 -17.70

MATAGORDA 2.90 5.08 0.61 0.27 0.00 8.86
NORMALS 7.91 6.20 2.81 2.54 2.30 21.76 40.7
DEPARTURE -5.01 -1.12 -2.20 -2.27 -2.30 -12.90

NEW CANEY 6.18 9.13 0.96 0.90 0.16 17.33
NORMALS 9.40 8.62 3.31 3.96 3.41 28.70 60.4
DEPARTURE -3.22 +0.51 -2.35 -3.06 -3.25 -11.37

SOMERVILLE 0.91 3.57 0.51 0.08 0.00 5.07
NORMALS 7.96 6.07 2.53 2.62 2.58 21.76 23.3
DEPARTURE -7.05 -2.50 -2.02 -2.54 -2.58 -16.69

TOMBALL 3.28 3.52 0.30 1.24 0.05 8.39
NORMALS 9.13 7.74 3.33 3.09 3.24 26.53 31.6
DEPARTURE -5.85 -4.22 -3.03 -1.85 -3.19 -18.14

WASH ST PARK 1.17 5.05 0.66 1.09 0.00 7.97
NORMALS 8.06 6.84 2.74 3.13 2.64 23.41 34.0
DEPARTURE -6.89 -1.79 -2.08 -2.04 -2.64 -15.44

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

LOCATION APRIL NORM DEP

ANAHUAC 0.04 3.15 -3.11
BAY CITY 0.01 2.79 -2.78
BAYTOWN 0.00 3.13 -3.13
CLEVELAND 2.93 3.30 -0.37
EDNA 0.06 2.40 -2.36
EL CAMPO 0.08 NA NA
HOU NWS 0.01 3.71 -3.70
HOU WESTBURY 0.05 2.99 -2.94
LIBERTY 0.26 3.56 -2.30
MONTGOMERY 0.12 3.30 -3.18
PALACIOS 0.01 2.45 -2.44
RICHMOND 0.02 3.10 -3.08
SUGARLAND 0.16 2.91 -2.75
W COLUMBIA 0.07

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. HOUSTON HAS ESTABLISHED A NEW RECORD WITH
94 CONSECUTIVE DAYS BETWEEN 0.50 INCH RAIN EVENTS. THE PREVIOUS
RECORD WAS 93 DAYS AND OCCURRED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 13 2008 AND
FEBRUARY 13 2009.

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

DROUGHTS AND HEAT GO HAND IN HAND. APRIL HAS BEEN VERY WARM AND IS
CURRENTLY THE WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD FOR COLLEGE STATION. BELOW IS
A LIST OF THE FIVE WARMEST APRILS FOR EACH OF THE PRIMARY CLIMATE
SITES):

COLLEGE CITY OF HOUSTON GALVESTON
STATION HOUSTON HOBBY

75.8 2011 75.2 1963 75.7 1967 76.5 1888
74.0 1967 75.0 2011 74.8 2011 75.0 1967
73.7 1925 75.0 1967 74.5 1963 74.6 2011
73.1 2006 74.3 1981 73.6 2006 74.5 2006
72.8 2002 74.0 1965 73.5 1965 73.4 1929

THE SECOND HALF OF FEBRUARY AND THE MONTH OF MARCH WERE ALSO QUITE
WARM. THE CITY OF HOUSTON RECORDED ITS WARMEST FEBRUARY 15TH THROUGH
APRIL 27TH IN RECORDED HISTORY. COLLEGE STATION AND HOBBY AIRPORT
ALSO REPORTED THEIR WARMEST PERIOD ON RECORD.

HERE ARE THE FIVE WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THE FOUR PRIMARY
CLIMATE SITES FROM FEBRUARY 15TH THROUGH APRIL 26TH:

CITY OF HOUSTON COLLEGE GALVESTON
HOUSTON HOBBY STATION

70.2 2011 70.8 2011 69.9 2011 69.4 1882
68.9 1925 68.4 1972 67.8 1925 68.8 2011
68.6 1908 68.3 1967 66.7 1972 68.4 1907
67.9 1967 68.1 2000 65.9 1904 68.2 2006
67.4 1963 67.4 2006 65.8 2011 68.2 1925


AS OF APRIL 26TH 2011...THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWED MUCH OF THE
NORTHERN HALF OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS IN EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT OR D-4.
SEVERE TO EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE EXPANDED SOUTH AND NOW
COVER ALL OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. THERE ARE 23 COUNTIES THAT COMPRISE AN
AREA REFERRED TO AS SOUTHEAST TEXAS. 14 OF THE COUNTIES ARE NOW
CLASSIFIED AS EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT WITH ANOTHER FIVE COUNTIES
CLASSIFIED AS EXTREME DROUGHT.

STATEWIDE...ABOUT 15 PERCENT OF THE STATE IS CLASSIFIED AS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT WITH ABOUT 5 PERCENT OF THIS TOTAL COVERING
SOUTHEAST TEXAS. 68 PERCENT OF THE STATE IS NOW D3 AND 91 PERCENT OF
THE STATE IS D2 OR WORSE. ALL OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS IS NOW CLASSIFIES
AS D2...D3 OR D4. THE DROUGHT OF 2011 IS HISTORIC IN IT LENGTH...
SEVERITY...AREA COVERAGE AND SCOPE OF DAMAGE.

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

D-4 D-3 D-2

EXCEPTIONAL EXTREME SEVERE
DROUGHT DROUGHT DROUGHT

AUSTIN FORT BEND BRAZORIA
BRAZOS HARRIS CHAMBERS
BURLESON JACKSON GALVESTON
COLORADO LIBERTY MATAGORDA
GRIMES WHARTON
HOUSTON
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.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...
AGRICULTURE CONTINUED TO SUFFER FROM DRY CONDITIONS. HIGH AFTERNOON
WINDS FURTHER DRIED THE ALREADY PARCHED EARTH REDUCING POTENTIAL
YIELDS. ONLY IRRIGATED VEGETABLE CROPS MADE PROGRESS. RYEGRASS WAS
BROWNING AND STANDS FADING. COTTON WAS IN POOR CONDITION. WATER FOR
RICE IRRIGATION WAS LIMITED. CATTLE PRODUCERS STILL HAD TO PROVIDE
HAY AND SUPPLEMENTAL FEED. HAY SUPPLIES CONTINUE TO DWINDLE. CATTLE
BODY SCORES SLOWLY DECLINED DUE TO POOR PASTURE CONDITIONS. PONDS
WERE EXTREMELY LOW OR HAD DRIED UP COMPLETELY.

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

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...
100 HOUR FUEL MOISTURE WAS CRITICALLY DRY...GENERALLY LESS THAN 3
PERCENT ACROSS ALL OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. THE MOISTURE CONTENT IN 1000
HOUR DEAD FUEL WAS LESS THAN 17 PERCENT ACROSS ALL OF SOUTHEAST
TEXAS AND LESS THAN 14 PERCENT WEST OF A TRINITY TO CONROE TO
BRENHAM LINE. THE DAILY FIRE MAP AND FIVE DAY AVERAGES SHOW A HIGH
RISK FOR FIRE DANGER ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS.

STRONG WINDS...DRY GROUND FUELS AND LOW DAYTIME HUMIDITY LEVELS
COMBINED TO CREATE FAVORABLE CONDITIONS FOR WILD FIRES ACROSS
SOUTHEAST TEXAS. AT LEAST THERE WAS SOME BRIEF RECOVERY OVERNIGHT
WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITY LEVELS PEAKING BETWEEN 80 AND 90 PERCENT
AROUND SUNRISE EACH MORNING.

UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES AND LESS THAN NORMAL RAINFALL HAS
HELPED TO RAISE KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDICES ACROSS THE WESTERN HALF
OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. MUCH NEEDED RAIN ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT
OVER THE EASTERN FRINGE OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS HAS HELPED LOWER KBDI
VALUES OVER HOUSTON...TRINITY...POLK AND SAN JACINTO COUNTIES. KBDI
VALUES BETWEEN 700 AND 800 ARE CRITICAL AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. 13
COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS NOW EXCEED 600. BURLESON COUNTY NOW HAS
A KBDI VALUE EXCEEDING 700. IF THE AREA REMAINS RAIN FREE FOR THE
NEXT SEVEN DAYS...BRAZOS...COLORADO...WASHINGTON AND GRIMES COUNTIES
COULD HAVE KBDI VALUES NEAR OR EXCEEDING 700. BELOW IS A TABLE WITH
KBDI VALUES (4/27/2011):

700-800 600-700 500-600 400-500

BURLESON AUSTIN CHAMBERS GALVESTON
BRAZORIA FORT BEND HOUSTON
BRAZOS HARRIS
COLORADO LIBERTY
GRIMES MATAGORDA
JACKSON POLK
MADISON SAN JACINTO
MONTGOMERY TRINITY
WALKER
WALLER
WASHINGTON
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 213 COUNTIES (OUT OF 254)
HAVE ISSUED BURN BANS. LOCALLY...ALL OF THE COUNTIES THAT COMPRISE
SOUTHEAST TEXAS HAS ISSUED A BURN BAN.

ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS FOREST SERVICE WEB SITE ON APRIL 27TH 2011...
(HTTP://TFSFRP.TAMU.EDU/WILDFIRES/ DECBAN.PNG)...A BURN BAN IS IN
EFFECT FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES:

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

RAIN ALONG THE TRINITY RIVER WATERSHED HAS HELPED KEEP LAKE
LIVINGSTON NEAR 100 PERCENT CAPACITY. RECENT RAIN OVER HOUSTON
COUNTY HAS HELPED TO RECHARGE HOUSTON COUNTY LAKE. STREAM FLOW INTO
THE COLORADO RIVER HAS DROPPED TO NEAR RECORD LOW LEVELS. THE BRAZOS
RIVER NORTH OF WASHINGTON STATE PARK IS ALSO AT VERY LOW LEVELS.
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 APPROACHING
68 PERCENT CAPACITY AT LAKE TEXANA.

WATERSHED CAPACITY

LAKE LIVINGSTON 100.0 PERCENT
LAKE CONROE 91.2 PERCENT
HOUSTON COUNTY LAKE 98.0 PERCENT
LAKE HOUSTON 94.4 PERCENT
LAKE SOMERVILLE 78.1 PERCENT
LAKE TEXANA 68.9 PERCENT

WATER RESTRICTIONS...THERE ARE VOLUNTARY WATER RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE
AT NEW WAVERLY...HUNTSVILLE AND RIVERSIDE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
THERE IS ALSO MODERATE RATIONING OF WATER IN HARRIS COUNTY IN MUD
230.

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...
CONDITIONS SHOULD REMAIN DRY THROUGH SATURDAY. MOISTURE LEVELS
INCREASE SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY. AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH AND
SURFACE COLD FRONT WILL SLOWLY CROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS SUNDAY NIGHT
AND MONDAY. THESE FEATURES SHOULD BRING A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS TO THE AREA LATE IN THE WEEKEND. COOLER AND DRIER
CONDITIONS FOR THE FIRST HALF OF NEXT WEEKEND. DRY CONDITIONS ARE
THEN EXPECTED THROUGH MAY 10TH.

THE SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK ISSUED APRIL 21 2011 VALID FOR THE
PERIOD OF MAY...JUNE AND JULY SHOWS DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO PERSIST.

THE NEXT DROUGHT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON OR AROUND MAY 5TH 2011.

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