||07/01/2009 00:00:00 CST-6
||07/31/2009 23:59:00 CST-6
||0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
||Drought conditions maintained their levels through mid July across Deep South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. A record heat, but also somewhat humid, period to start the month was followed by a brief period of unsettled weather on July 8th, particularly in Starr and Zapata County, which temporarily remained below severe drought (D2) conditions. Some rainfall over the Lower Rio Grande Valley on the 11th would be the last for awhile, and hot, dry, windy conditions would soon return worsening drought conditions in these areas later in the month.
Damage to dryland crops, particularly cotton, began in earnest during July. Emptying water stocks would force some cattle ranchers to sell off some of the herd early. Irrigation of citrus and other fruits, however, was able to continue due to abundant stores of water at Falcon and Amistad reservoirs, much from the torrential rains of the Summer of 2008. Full damage statistics will be listed in the August Storm Data report.
||Virtually no rainfall during the entire month ensured nearly all of Brooks County, including the western portion of the King Ranch, would remain in exceptional (D4) drought for July. Only the extreme southern portion of the county would remain in slightly better (extreme, D3) conditions until the last few days, when these areas also slipped into exceptional conditions. Cattle in the area had to be sold as water stocks dried up; cotton and corn began withering heavily in the hot, breezy weather.