Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Fort Worth TX
500 PM CDT Sun Aug 28 2022

...AUGUST DELUGE EASES DROUGHT CONDITIONS...

For additional content, visit weather.gov/fortworth/drought

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.SYNOPSIS:

.Drought intensity and extent:

August rainfall eroded drought conditions across much of the
region. One-week improvements were as great as two categories in
some areas along and north of the I-20 corridor. However, drought
persists across nearly all of North and Central Texas. South of
the I-20 corridor, Extreme Drought (D3) dominates. Pockets of
Exceptional Drought (D4) endure in Central Texas and the Big
Country.

.Precipitation:

The August 21-22 heavy rain event resulted in extraordinary
24-hour totals exceeding 10 inches in parts of the Dallas/Fort
Worth Metroplex. However, many locations missed out on the
significant rainfall. Waco only tallied an inch of rainfall during
the event, but that was enough for August 2022 to exceed the
normal monthly value, the first month to do so since August 2021.
It remains one of the driest years on record for Killeen where
only 7 inches of precipitation has been recorded so far this year.

.Hydrologic conditions:

Our drought has reached a year in duration, and hydrologic
impacts continue to mount. The extraordinarily hot and
exceptionally dry summer enhanced both both water usage and
evaporation from the region`s reservoirs, many of which lost more
than 10 percent of their conservation volume since the beginning
of June. Lake Palo Pinto has declined by over 23 percent in the
last 3 months. While August rainfall provided a bump to some
reservoirs, the steady decline has resumed. As water resources
continue to diminish, enhanced water restrictions are being
introduced in some municipalities.

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.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS:

.Agricultural impacts:

Warm season crops struggled with negligible rainfall. Central
Texas corn has been decimated, with similarly water-intensive
sorghum also suffering. For many crops, the August rainfall
arrived too late to salvage a harvest.

After months of drought and punishing inflation, hay prices have
soared, necessitating herd reductions. With the market flooded,
calves have sold for as little as one tenth the typical price.

.Fire hazards:

During the summer months, elevated humidity and reduced wind
speeds are generally not conducive to fire initiation and
spread. However, the extraordinary heat and ongoing drought
conditions this summer have maintained persistent grassfire
concerns. Not only do extreme temperatures reduce the relative
humidity, they are typically accompanied by full sunshine, which
can enhance the potential for fire starts, particularly where
vegetation is dormant or otherwise drought-stressed.

In what has become one of the worst fire seasons on record, almost
8000 wildfires have burned nearly 1000 square miles across the
state. On August 2, a large grass fire erupted north of Tolar in
Hood County, injuring three firefighters. The blaze eventually
consumed 467 acres, but no residences were damaged, and no cattle
were killed. Despite recent rainfall, fire starts continue across
the region.

Outdoor burn bans remain in effect across much of North and
Central Texas. Even if a formal ban has been discontinued in your
area, it is still important to be vigilant about fire usage. Many
outdoor activities (such as grilling) involve a risk of starting
wildfires. The National Fire Protection Association estimates over
10,000 home grill fires occur each year, resulting in 135 million
dollars in property damage annually. Avoid open flames near dry
vegetation and assure all coals and embers are extinguished.

.Lake levels:

Abundant rainfall during the spring and summer of 2021 helped
fill area lakes. Even after a year of insufficient precipitation,
most reservoirs across North and Central Texas still exceed 75
percent of conservation volume, with a handful still over 90
percent. However, a few reservoirs have dipped below the 60
percent threshold this summer, including Lake Weatherford, Lake
Pat Cleburne, and Proctor Lake. These lakes, as well as others
below 70 percent of conservation, saw minimal improvement
following the August 21-22 heavy rain event.

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.DROUGHT MITIGATION ACTIONS:

.Water restrictions:

For many jurisdictions, voluntary water conservation measures are
in effect. However, in some municipalities, the water restrictions
enacted during the multi-year drought a decade ago remain in
place.

In both Dallas and Fort Worth, landscape watering is limited to
twice per week. Only hand watering is permitted between 10 am and
6 pm. (For Dallas, the 10 am to 6 pm restriction is only in effect
from April to October.)

During July, Lake Waco, the water supply reservoir for the city,
fell below 70 percent of its conservation volume. As a result,
Waco enacted twice-per-week watering limits, allowing only hand
watering between 6 am and 7 pm.

On August 2, Killeen enacted Stage 1 of its water conservation
plan, which requests residents limit landscape watering to only
two days a week. In addition, irrigation should not be done
between 10 am at 8 pm.

Since water restrictions vary, residents should keep informed
with the current guidelines from their municipality or water
utility provider.

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.LOCAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK:

A wet pattern is expected to continue into September, and some
additional drought improvement may occur during the next several
weeks. However, La Nina conditions prevail and are anticipated to
remain in place into the upcoming winter. La Nina tends to reduce
precipitation during the autumn rainy season so the drought is
likely to persist.

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.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE:

The next Drought Information Statement will be issued during
September.

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.RELATED WEB SITES:

NWS Fort Worth Drought Page - weather.gov/fortworth/drought

National Integrated Drought Information System - drought.gov
Climate Prediction Center - cpc.ncep.noaa.gov
Precipitation Estimates - water.weather.gov/precip

National Drought Mitigation Center - drought.unl.edu
U.S. Drought Monitor - droughtmonitor.unl.edu
Drought Impact Reporter - droughtreporter.unl.edu

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.ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

The U.S. Drought Monitor facilitates continuous discussion among
numerous agencies, academia, and other local interests. The
expertise of its members has been invaluable in developing
drought products and services for our customers and partners.

The Drought Impact Reporter (maintained by the National Drought
Mitigation Center) has allowed various impacts to be compiled
within one clearinghouse. These impacts include agricultural
issues, hydrologic deficits, fire danger, and other social and
economic consequences.

The Texas A&M Forest Service continually monitors vegetation
conditions and wildfire potential. The state agency also
maintains a current list of countywide burn bans.

Outlooks of temperature and precipitation are summarized from a
variety of products created by the Climate Prediction Center
(CPC). CPC is a National Weather Service (NWS) entity within the
National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).

Hydrologic information is compiled from numerous sources,
including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Texas
Water Development Board (TWDB), and local water districts.

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.CONTACT INFORMATION:

For additional information or to provide feedback on our drought
products and services, please contact:

National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office
3401 Northern Cross Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76137

phone: (817) 429-2631
e-mail: sr-fwd.webmaster@noaa.gov

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