DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
533 PM CDT THU MAY 5 2011

...DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...DRY WEATHER TO PERSIST ANOTHER SEVEN DAYS...

...HOBBY AIRPORT ENDURES 52 CONSECUTIVE DAYS
WITHOUT MEASURABLE RAIN...

SYNOPSIS...
ANOTHER WEEK OF DRY WEATHER PREVAILED ACROSS MOST OF SOUTHEAST
TEXAS. A COLD FRONT CROSSED SOUTHEAST TEXAS ON MONDAY NIGHT BUT THE
FRONT DID NOT PRODUCE MUCH IN THE WAY OF RAIN UNTIL IT REACHED THE
COASTAL WATERS. VERY LIGHT RAIN DEVELOPED ON TUESDAY NIGHT AS AN
UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE MOVED ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS. THE RAIN WAS
SCATTERED AND WAS GENERALLY NORTH OF A BRENHAM TO LIVINGSTON LINE.
RAINFALL WAS LIGHT...GENERALLY LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH. THE
HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTAL ON TUESDAY NIGHT WAS 0.16 INCHES IN WECHES
(HOUSTON COUNTY). OTHER TOTALS INCLUDE 0.13 INCHES IN DACUS
(MONTGOMERY) AND 0.11 INCHES IN MADISONVILLE (MADISON). DESPITE THE
VERY LIGHT TOTALS...SEVERAL COMMUNITIES HAVE ALREADY SURPASSED THEIR
APRIL RAINFALL TOTALS.

SITE APR MAY

COLLEGE STATION TRACE 0.04
GALVESTON 0.12 0.18
MADISONVILLE 0.08 0.11
SOMERVILLE 0.00 0.02
WASH ST PARK 0.00 0.02

SPEAKING OF APRIL RAIN...OR LACK THEREOF...THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
DID NOT RECEIVE ANY MEASURABLE RAIN DURING APRIL:

BAY CITY...BAYTOWN...COLLEGE STATION...FREEPORT... HOUSTON
HOBBY...KATY...MATAGORDA...SOMERVILLE AND WASHINGTON STATE PARK.

HOBBY AIRPORT HAS NOW RECORDED 52 CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITHOUT
MEASURABLE RAIN (MARCH 15 - MAY 5TH). COLLEGE STATION RECORDED 0.04
INCHES OF RAIN ON MAY 2ND AND THIS ENDED A STREAK OF 33 CONSECUTIVE
DAYS WITHOUT MEASURABLE RAIN. AREAS SOUTH OF I-10 HAVE BORNE THE
BRUNT OF THIS LATEST THREE MONTH DRY PERIOD WITH MANY COMMUNITIES IN
WHARTON...JACKSON...MATAGORDA AND COLORADO COUNTIES FAILING TO TALLY
EVEN AN INCH OF RAIN OVER THE LAST 90 DAYS.

SINCE FEBRUARY 1ST...THE CITY OF HOUSTON (IAH) HAS RECEIVED ONLY
1.58 INCHES OF RAIN...COLLEGE STATION (CLL) HAS RECEIVED 1.34
INCHES...HOUSTON HOBBY (HOU) HAS RECEIVED 1.12 INCHES AND GALVESTON
(GLS) RECEIVED 3.67 INCHES. DANEVANG (WHARTON COUNTY) HAS ONLY
RECEIVED 0.69 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE FEBRUARY 1ST.

HERE ARE THE FIVE DRIEST FEB 1- MAY 5:

CITY OF HOUSTON COLLEGE DANEVANG
HOUSTON HOBBY STATION

1.58 - 2011 1.12 - 2011 1.34 - 2011 0.69 - 2011
3.43 - 1996 3.02 - 1996 2.63 - 1920 2.09 - 1984
3.71 - 1916 3.87 - 1954 3.02 - 1943 2.13 - 1925
3.92 - 1920 4.07 - 1963 3.30 - 1972 2.36 - 1996
3.95 - 1910 4.70 - 1971 3.45 - 1971 2.75 - 1920

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

SITE RAINFALL NORMAL DEPARTURE PERCENT OF
2/1 - 5/5 RAINFALL NORMAL

IAH 1.58 10.66 -9.08 14.8
HOU 1.12 10.33 -9.21 10.8
CLL 1.34 9.15 -7.81 14.6
GLS 3.67 8.44 -4.77 43.5
DANEVANG 0.69 8.80 -8.11 7.8

IT HAS BEEN BRUTALLY DRY OVER THE NORTHWEST PORTION OF SOUTHEAST
TEXAS SINCE OCTOBER 1 2010. A LARGE PORTION OF SOUTHEAST
TEXAS...GENERALLY FROM BELLVILLE TO CALDWELL TO HUNTSVILLE TO
BELLVILLE 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 4.99 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE
OCTOBER 1ST OR ROUGHLY 22 PERCENT OF THE EXPECTED NORMAL RAINFALL.
COLLEGE STATION HAS RECEIVED ONLY 6.04 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE OCTOBER
1ST OR 26.1 PERCENT OF NORMAL. THE NORMAL RAINFALL AT COLLEGE
STATION FOR OCTOBER 1 THROUGH MAY 5TH IS 23.10 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. DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE INTENSIFIED ONCE
AGAIN AND APRIL 2011 WAS THE DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD FOR HOUSTON...
COLLEGE STATION AND DANEVANG. IT WAS THE THIRD DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD
FOR THE CITY OF GALVESTON.

DRIEST OCTOBER 1 - MAY 5 (217 DAYS)

COLLEGE CITY OF HOUSTON DANEVANG
STATION HOUSTON (IAH) HOBBY

6.04 2011 12.02 1909 13.79 2006 9.53 1916
8.93 1925 12.40 2011 15.21 1956 10.07 1951
9.82 1971 12.64 1895 15.54 1971 11.21 2011
11.67 1917 12.88 1917 15.88 2011 11.39 1954
11.98 1951 13.51 1951 16.17 1988 11.40 1933+

+ DANEVANG WAS MISSING DAILY DATA FOR 1917 AND 1925

HERE ARE SOME RAINFALL TOTALS FOR A FEW LOCATIONS ACROSS SOUTHEAST
TEXAS FROM OCTOBER 1 2010 THROUGH MAY 5TH 2011:

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


BELLVILLE 1.28 3.73 1.90 0.04 0.02 6.97
NORMALS 7.46 6.49 5.40 2.81 0.82 22.98 30.3
DEPARTURE -6.18 -2.76 -3.56 -2.77 -0.80 -16.01
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

BRENHAM 1.45 5.43 1.61 0.02 T 8.51
NORMALS 8.65 6.79 5.71 2.98 0.73 24.86 34.2
DEPARTURE -7.20 -1.36 -4.10 -2.96 -0.73 16.35
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

COL STATION 0.90 3.80 1.30 T 0.04 6.04
NORMALS 7.40 6.55 5.22 3.20 0.73 23.10 26.1
DEPARTURE -6.50 -2.75 -3.92 -2.80 -0.69 -16.66
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

COLUMBUS 2.59 4.81 1.12 0.05 0.00 8.57
NORMALS 8.15 6.82 5.77 3.12 0.81 24.67 34.7
DEPARTURE -5.56 -2.01 -4.65 -3.07 -0.81 -16.10
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

CONROE 5.33 5.53 0.96 0.41 T 12.23
NORMALS 9.49 8.58 5.91 3.39 0.83 28.20 43.4
DEPARTURE -4.16 -3.05 -4.95 -2.98 -0.83 -15.97
4TH DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

CROCKETT 4.28 6.41 1.05 3.28 0.03 15.05
NORMALS 8.15 8.02 6.55 3.45 0.70 26.87 56.0
DEPARTURE -3.87 -1.61 -5.50 -0.17 -0.67 -11.82
40TH DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

DANEVANG 2.40 7.90 0.67 0.02 0.00 10.99
NORMALS 8.24 6.31 5.50 2.28 0.67 23.00 47.8
DEPARTURE -5.84 +1.59 -4.83 -2.26 -0.67 -12.01
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

GALVESTON 8.27 5.99 3.37 0.12 0.18 17.93
NORMALS 7.13 7.61 5.37 2.26 0.51 22.88 78.4
DEPARTURE +1.14 -1.62 -2.00 -2.14 -0.33 - 4.95
3RD DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

FREEPORT 3.89 5.96 1.65 0.00 0.00 11.50
NORMALS 8.94 7.80 5.71 2.50 0.56 25.51 45.1
DEPARTURE -5.05 -1.84 -4.06 -2.50 -0.56 -14.01
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

HOU HOBBY 4.82 9.94 1.12 T T 15.88
NORMALS 9.80 8.03 6.20 3.07 0.67 27.77 57.2
DEPARTURE -4.98 +1.91 -5.08 -3.07 -0.67 -11.89
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

HOU IAH 2.73 8.09 1.47 0.11 T 12.40
NORMALS 8.69 7.37 6.34 3.18 0.72 26.30 47.1
DEPARTURE -5.96 +0.72 -4.87 -3.07 -0.72 -13.90
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

HUNTSVILLE 2.59 4.85 0.44 0.46 0.02 8.36
NORMALS 9.19 8.38 6.61 3.10 0.72 27.91 29.9
DEPARTURE -6.60 -3.53 -6.17 -2.64 -0.70 -19.55
8TH DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

LIVINGSTON 3.37 5.11 1.73 1.26 0.00 11.47
NORMALS 8.58 9.56 7.36 3.47 0.79 29.76 38.5
DEPARTURE -5.21 -4.45 -5.63 -2.21 -0.79 -18.29
12TH DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

KATY 2.01 6.49 1.29 0.00 0.00 9.79
NORMALS 8.41 7.01 5.23 2.64 0.68 23.97 40.8
DEPARTURE -6.40 -0.52 -3.94 -2.64 -0.68 -14.18
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

MADISONVILLE 1.26 3.98 1.76 0.08 0.11 7.19
NORMALS 8.42 7.43 6.07 2.86 0.72 25.50 28.2
DEPARTURE -7.16 -3.45 -4.31 -2.78 -0.61 -18.31
2ND DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

MATAGORDA 2.90 5.08 0.88 0.00 0.00 8.86
NORMALS 7.91 6.20 5.35 2.30 0.62 22.38 39.6
DEPARTURE -5.01 -1.12 -4.47 -2.30 -0.62 -13.52
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD (TIED 1983)

NEW CANEY 6.18 9.13 1.86 0.16 0.00 17.33
NORMALS 9.40 8.62 7.27 3.41 0.82 29.52 58.7
DEPARTURE -3.22 +0.51 -5.41 -3.25 -0.82 -12.19
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

SOMERVILLE 0.91 3.57 0.49 0.00 0.02 4.99
NORMALS 7.96 6.07 5.15 2.58 0.61 22.37 22.3
DEPARTURE -7.05 -2.50 -4.66 -2.58 -0.59 -17.38
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

TOMBALL 3.28 3.52 1.54 0.05 T 8.39
NORMALS 9.13 7.74 6.42 3.24 0.76 27.29 30.7
DEPARTURE -5.85 -4.22 -4.88 -3.19 -0.76 -18.90
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

WASH ST PARK 1.17 5.05 1.75 0.00 0.02 7.99
NORMALS 8.06 6.84 5.87 2.64 0.61 24.02 33.3
DEPARTURE -6.89 -1.79 -4.12 -2.64 -0.59 -16.03
DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD

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

LOCATION APRIL NORM MAY NORM TOTAL APRIL
DEP DRIEST

ANAHUAC 0.04 3.15 0.00 0.72 -3.83 1
BAY CITY 0.01 2.79 0.00 0.69 -3.47 1
BAYTOWN 0.00 3.13 0.00 0.72 -3.85 1
CLEVELAND 2.93 3.30 0.00 0.82 -0.37 21
EDNA 0.06 2.40 0.05 0.65 -2.94 NA
EL CAMPO 0.08 NA 0.00 NA NA
HOU NWS 0.02 3.71 T 0.70 -4.39 1
HOU WESTBURY 0.05 2.99 T 0.66 -3.60 1
LIBERTY 0.49 3.56 NA 0.79 -3.07 4
MONTGOMERY 0.12 3.30 0.03 0.75 -3.90 2
PALACIOS 0.01 2.45 T 0.63 -3.07 2
RICHMOND 0.02 3.10 0.00 0.61 -3.69 1
SUGARLAND 0.16 2.91 T 0.65 -3.40 4
W COLUMBIA 0.07 NA 0.00 NA NA
WHARTON 0.00 3.11 0.00 0.69 -3.80 1

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
101 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 WAS VERY WARM AND WAS THE
WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD FOR COLLEGE STATION. IT IS STILL THE WARMEST
FEBRUARY 15TH THROUGH MAY 5TH ON RECORD FOR COLLEGE STATION...CITY
OF HOUSTON AND HOUSTON HOBBY. BELOW IS A LIST OF THE FIVE WARMEST
APRILS FOR EACH OF THE PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES):

COLLEGE CITY OF HOUSTON GALVESTON
STATION HOUSTON HOBBY

75.6 2011 75.2 1963 75.7 1967 76.5 1888
74.0 1967 75.0 1967 74.9 2011 75.0 1967
73.7 1925 74.9 2011 74.5 1963 74.9 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


AS OF MAY 3RD 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 26 PERCENT OF THE STATE IS CLASSIFIED AS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT WITH ABOUT 5 PERCENT OF THIS TOTAL COVERING
SOUTHEAST TEXAS. ALL OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS IS NOW CLASSIFIED AS D2...D3
OR D4. THE DROUGHT OF 2011 IS HISTORIC IN IT LENGTH... SEVERITY...
AREA COVERAGE AND SCOPE OF DAMAGE TO AGRICULTURE.

BELOW IS A LIST OF COUNTIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE CLASSIFICATION AS
DESIGNATED BY THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR AS OF MAY 3RD:

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...
SOME BENEFICIAL RAIN OVER PARTS OF HOUSTON...TRINITY...WALKER AND
POLK COUNTIES ALLOWED FARMERS TO FERTILIZE HAY FIELDS. THE RAIN ALSO
HELPED RAISE POND LEVELS. THE REST OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS REMAINED ARID.
AGRICULTURE CONTINUED TO SUFFER FROM DRY CONDITIONS. RYEGRASS WAS
BROWNING AND STANDS FADING. COTTON STANDS WERE SKIMPY. GRAIN SORGHUM
LOOKED BETTER THAN OTHER CROPS DUE ITS DROUGHT TOLERANCE
CAPABILITIES. 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 MOST OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. ONLY PARTS OF COASTAL
GALVESTON AND CHAMBERS COUNTIES HAD 100 HOUR FUEL MOISTURE GREATER
THAN 10 PERCENT. THE MOISTURE CONTENT IN 1000 HOUR DEAD FUEL WAS
AROUND 18 PERCENT IN EASTERN HOUSTON...EASTERN TRINITY AND EASTERN
CHAMBERS COUNTIES. CONDITIONS DETERIORATE RAPIDLY TO THE WEST WITH
1000 HOUR DEAD FUEL MOISTURE LESS THAN 14 PERCENT SOUTH AND WEST OF
A COLLEGE STATION TO HOUSTON TO VICTORIA LINE. THE DAILY FIRE MAP
AND FIVE DAY AVERAGES SHOW A MODERATE TO 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.

UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES AND LESS THAN NORMAL RAINFALL HAS
HELPED TO RAISE KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDICES ACROSS THE WESTERN HALF
OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. MODERATE RAIN OVER THE EASTERN EDGE OF SOUTHEAST
TEXAS TOWARD THE END OF APRIL HELPED LOWER KBDI VALUES OVER
HOUSTON...TRINITY...POLK AND SAN JACINTO COUNTIES. KBDI VALUES
BETWEEN 700 AND 800 ARE CRITICAL AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. 16
COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS NOW EXCEED 600. BRAZOS...BURLESON AND
WASHINGTON COUNTIES NOW HAVE KBDI VALUES EXCEEDING 700. IF THE AREA
REMAINS RAIN FREE FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS...COLORADO AND AUSTIN
COUNTIES COULD HAVE KBDI VALUES NEAR OR EXCEEDING 700. BELOW IS A
TABLE WITH KBDI VALUES (5/5/2011):

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

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


(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 208 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 MAY 5TH 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...

MOST OF THE RIVERS AND STREAMS ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS BELOW BASE
FLOW. 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. THE UPPER ENDS OF SPRING...CYPRESS AND WILLOW
CREEKS ARE DRY. 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 67 PERCENT CAPACITY AT LAKE TEXANA.

WATERSHED CAPACITY

LAKE LIVINGSTON 100.0 PERCENT
LAKE CONROE 90.3 PERCENT
HOUSTON COUNTY LAKE 97.8 PERCENT
LAKE HOUSTON 91.6 PERCENT
LAKE SOMERVILLE 76.4 PERCENT
LAKE TEXANA 67.6 PERCENT

WATER RESTRICTIONS...THERE ARE VOLUNTARY WATER RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE
AT NEW WAVERLY...HUNTSVILLE...RIVERSIDE AND GALVESTON 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 OVER THE WEEKEND AND A FEW VERY WEAK SHOWERS WILL BE
POSSIBLE. OVERALL...THE NEXT SIX TO SEVEN DAYS LOOK DRY WITH UPPER
LEVEL RIDGING ASSERTING ITSELF OVER SOUTH TEXAS. LOOKING A BIT
FURTHER AHEAD...ANOTHER FRONT AND UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM WILL
CROSS TEXAS ON THURSDAY MAY 12TH.

THE SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK ISSUED MAY 5TH 2011 VALID FOR THE
PERIOD OF MAY...JUNE AND JULY SHOWS DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO PERSIST
ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. IMPROVEMENT IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS IS
EXPECTED OVER PARTS OF NORTHEAST TEXAS AND SOME IMPROVEMENT IN
DROUGHT CONDITIONS IS POSSIBLE OVER PARTS OF HOUSTON...TRINITY AND
POLK COUNTIES.

THE NEXT DROUGHT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON OR AROUND MAY 12TH 2011.

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