The last edition of the Texas Emergency Management Online provides a good summary overview of drought conditions in the State. We know that the last week or so has caused a tremendous amount of rain in our area, along with some severe weather. Much of the State has also received a good dose of rain this week. This is a good thing (of course, not the severe weather part); it helps to fill our lakes and aquifers which are in need of more water. Information from the Texas Emergency Management Online:
For the past few months, drought conditions around Texas have been a mixed bag. East Texas has seen tremendous recovery, while North Central and Central Texas keep slipping back into severe and exceptional drought conditions. Most reservoirs west of I-35 are still at historic lows. Overall, the state’s current reservoirs are at 68.4 percent full, up four percent from last year.
C’mon, El Niño! Currently, the Climate Prediction Center has issued an El Niño advisory due to conditions in the tropical Pacific. Traditionally, El Nino brings increased moisture to Texas—a welcome relief to much of the state. The National Weather Service is predicting that there is a 50-60 percent chance for El Niño conditions to continue in the Northern Hemisphere until summer 2015. The expected presence of El Niño is causing predictions for above normal rainfall over the next three months for most of Western Texas and some of the central region, where drought is predicted to intensify or persist.