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Event Drought
State TEXAS
County/Area CALHOUN
WFO CRP
Report Source Official NWS Observations
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-03-01 00:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2009-03-31 23:59:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative During March, drought conditions intensified across South Texas. Most locations along Interstate 37, west to the Rio Grande River experienced All of South Texas experienced less than 50% of normal rainfall for the month of March, with much of this area less than 15% normal. A few areas saw less than 5% normal rainfall for the month. Northeast of Interstate 37, beneficial rainfall did fall, with many areas seeing between 75 and 100% normal rainfall. But this rainfall was insufficient to make a dent in the long term drought index,
By the end of March, exceptional drought conditions continued across Goliad, Victoria, Refugio, Calhoun, and Aransas counties. Extreme drought conditions continued across Bee, San Patricio, Nueces, and Live Oak counties, and expanded through McMullen, La Salle, Kleberg, Jim Wells, Duval, and northeast Webb counties. Severe drought conditions were observed across southwest Webb County. (per the U.S. Drought Monitor: http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html)
The primary impacts of the drought through March continued to be agricultural and fire related. However rainfall received in the latter half of March did allow some farmers to plant, but the soil moisture was thin. According to media reports, ranchers in Texas have lost over 800 million dollars since the summer of 2008 due to the drought. Effects on cattle production, range and pastureland in South Texas may take years to recover. Periods of critical fire danger occurred through the month with sporadic wildfires.
In addition, reservoir levels continued a gradual fall. Choke Canyon Reservoir was near 78% capacity and Lake Corpus Christi near 57% capacity by the end of the month. Except for the Rio Grande, river and creeks levels throughout South Texas remained below normal.
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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCMULLEN (ZONE) MCMULLEN (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEBB (ZONE) WEBB (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NUECES (ZONE) NUECES (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LA SALLE (ZONE) LA SALLE (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LIVE OAK (ZONE) LIVE OAK (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JIM WELLS (ZONE) JIM WELLS (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DUVAL (ZONE) DUVAL (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KLEBERG (ZONE) KLEBERG (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ARANSAS (ZONE) ARANSAS (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
VICTORIA (ZONE) VICTORIA (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SAN PATRICIO (ZONE) SAN PATRICIO (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BEE (ZONE) BEE (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GOLIAD (ZONE) GOLIAD (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CALHOUN (ZONE) CALHOUN (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
REFUGIO (ZONE) REFUGIO (ZONE) TX 03/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K