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Event Drought
State TEXAS
County/Area CALHOUN
WFO CRP
Report Source Official NWS Observations
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-07-01 00:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2009-07-31 23:59:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative During July, extreme to exceptional drought conditions continued across most of South Texas. There was beneficial rainfall across northern portions of South Texas (from La Salle to Live Oak to Victoria counties) but not enough to make a dent in drought classification. Along and south of a line from Cotulla to Alice to Port Lavaca the areas received only 5-10% of normal rainfall for the month of July. North of the line rainfall received resulted in areas seeing between 25-75% normal rainfall for July, with some isolated locations in Live Oak county near 100%. For the month of July the Corpus Christi International Airport only received 0.16 of rainfall, which was 8% of the normal rainfall for July. The drought continued to have historic implications, with most of the region now in a 1-in-50 (some locations in a 1-in-100) year drought, rivaling the drought during the 1950s.
The drought and lack of ground moisture also has impacts on summer temperatures. Both the Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP) and Victoria Regional Airport (VCT) broke the July record for the monthly average mean for daily average temperatures. CRP also broke the mean of the monthly average maximum temperatures for the month of July, and VCT tied the record.
By the end of July, exceptional drought conditions were occurring across Victoria, Goliad, Calhoun, Refugio, Aransas, Bee, San Patricio, Nueces, Kleberg, Live Oak, Jim Wells, Duval McMullen, La Salle and northeast Webb counties. Extreme drought conditions were observed across the remainder of Webb county. (per the U.S. Drought Monitor: http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html)
The agriculture industry in South Texas continued to be devastated through the month of July. Crops remained in very poor condition, and insurance companies were adjusting and paying farmers. Supplemental feeding of livestock with hay continued, however the condition of livestock overall remained poor due to little forage. Most surface water impoundments, creeks and storage reservoirs were dry, and livestock herds were either liquidated or being heavily fed.
Periods of elevated to critical fire danger occurred through the month with sporadic wildfires observed. Portions of South Texas actually observed a rare Red Flag Event on July 5th.
In addition, reservoir levels continued a gradual fall. Choke Canyon Reservoir was near 72% capacity and Lake Corpus Christi near 37% capacity by the end of the month. The City of Victoria continued mandatory water restrictions due to the drought conditions and low flow on the Guadalupe River.
Event Narrative During July, extreme to exceptional drought conditions continued across most of South Texas. There was beneficial rainfall across northern portions of South Texas (from La Salle to Live Oak to Victoria counties) but not enough to make a dent in drought classification. Along and south of a line from Cotulla to Alice to Port Lavaca the areas received only 5-10% of normal rainfall for the month of July. North of the line rainfall received resulted in areas seeing between 25-75% normal rainfall for July, with some isolated locations in Live Oak county near 100%. For the month of July the Corpus Christi International Airport only received 0.16 of rainfall, which was 8% of the normal rainfall for July. The drought continued to have historic implications, with most of the region now in a 1-in-50 (some locations in a 1-in-100) year drought, rivaling the drought during the 1950s.
The drought and lack of ground moisture also has impacts on summer temperatures. Both the Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP) and Victoria Regional Airport (VCT) broke the July record for the monthly average mean for daily average temperatures. CRP also broke the mean of the monthly average maximum temperatures for the month of July, and VCT tied the record.
By the end of July, exceptional drought conditions were occurring across Victoria, Goliad, Calhoun, Refugio, Aransas, Bee, San Patricio, Nueces, Kleberg, Live Oak, Jim Wells, Duval McMullen, La Salle and northeast Webb counties. Extreme drought conditions were observed across the remainder of Webb county. (per the U.S. Drought Monitor: http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html)
The agriculture industry in South Texas continued to be devastated through the month of July. Crops remained in very poor condition, and insurance companies were adjusting and paying farmers. Supplemental feeding of livestock with hay continued, however the condition of livestock overall remained poor due to little forage. Most surface water impoundments, creeks and storage reservoirs were dry, and livestock herds were either liquidated or being heavily fed.
Periods of elevated to critical fire danger occurred through the month with sporadic wildfires observed. Portions of South Texas actually observed a rare Red Flag Event on July 5th.
In addition, reservoir levels continued a gradual fall. Choke Canyon Reservoir was near 72% capacity and Lake Corpus Christi near 37% capacity by the end of the month. The City of Victoria continued mandatory water restrictions due to the drought conditions and low flow on the Guadalupe River.


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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
VICTORIA (ZONE) VICTORIA (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NUECES (ZONE) NUECES (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
REFUGIO (ZONE) REFUGIO (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BEE (ZONE) BEE (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEBB (ZONE) WEBB (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCMULLEN (ZONE) MCMULLEN (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LIVE OAK (ZONE) LIVE OAK (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LA SALLE (ZONE) LA SALLE (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KLEBERG (ZONE) KLEBERG (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JIM WELLS (ZONE) JIM WELLS (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GOLIAD (ZONE) GOLIAD (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DUVAL (ZONE) DUVAL (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CALHOUN (ZONE) CALHOUN (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ARANSAS (ZONE) ARANSAS (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SAN PATRICIO (ZONE) SAN PATRICIO (ZONE) TX 07/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K