||04/14/2009 00:00:00 CST-6
||04/30/2009 23:59:00 CST-6
||0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
||Below average precipitation and above average temperatures, combined with persistent winds and the seasonal increase of solar radiation, resulted in an intensification of the drought conditions across many portions of Deep South Texas. Very dry to Excessively Dry soil moisture resulted from the warm, dry, and breezy weather.
By the end of April, The United States Drought Monitor, Texas sector, showed drought conditions ranging from severe along the Rio Grande in Zapata and Starr Counties, to extreme and exceptional toward the coast, including most of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The drought conditions began to stress agricultural interests, including crops, pastures and grasslands.
||While some other locations in Deep South Texas experienced brief drought relief in the form of thunderstorms on the 17th and 18th, Brooks County largely missed the action, and the combination of continued above average temperatures, gusty winds, no rain, and low humidity pushed extreme (D3) to exceptional (D4) drought conditions across the county, with the exceptional conditions covering the north half. These conditions would continue through the end of the month.