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Event Drought
State TEXAS
County/Area CALHOUN
WFO CRP
Report Source Official NWS Observations
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-08-01 00:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2009-08-31 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 August, extreme to exceptional drought conditions continued across South Texas. There was beneficial rainfall across southeast Webb County, Duval County, and Victoria County. Most locations outside of these areas received less than 25% of normal rainfall for the month of August. For the month of August the Corpus Christi International Airport only received 0.45 of rainfall, which was 13% of the normal rainfall for August. Victoria received 1.62 of rainfall, which was 53% of normal rainfall for August. 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 had impacts on summer temperatures. The Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP) broke the August record for the monthly average mean for daily average temperatures, and the Victoria Regional Airport (VCT) had its fifth warmest August on record. For the summer months of June through August, the Corpus Christi International Airport shattered the record for highest average maximum temperature by 2 degrees F, and also broke the record for average mean for daily average temperatures during this three month period.
By the end of August, exceptional drought conditions were occurring across Victoria, Goliad, Calhoun, Refugio, Aransas, Bee, San Patricio, Nueces, Kleberg, Live Oak, Jim Wells, and Duval counties. Extreme drought conditions were observed across Webb, McMullen, and La Salle counties. (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 August. Crops remained in very poor condition, and insurance companies were adjusting and paying farmers. For the first time in over a century, the historic South Texas drought claimed the entire cotton production of Kleberg County. Similarly, Nueces County had a 95% failure rate of cotton and San Patricio County had a 90% failure rate. For the entire state of Texas, crop and livestock losses from the drought were estimated at $3.6 billion, and predicted to surpass the $4 billion mark. 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.
In addition, reservoir levels continued a gradual fall. Choke Canyon Reservoir was near 68% capacity and Lake Corpus Christi near 29% 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 August, extreme to exceptional drought conditions continued across South Texas. There was beneficial rainfall across southeast Webb County, Duval County, and Victoria County. Most locations outside of these areas received less than 25% of normal rainfall for the month of August. For the month of August the Corpus Christi International Airport only received 0.45 of rainfall, which was 13% of the normal rainfall for August. Victoria received 1.62 of rainfall, which was 53% of normal rainfall for August. 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 had impacts on summer temperatures. The Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP) broke the August record for the monthly average mean for daily average temperatures, and the Victoria Regional Airport (VCT) had its fifth warmest August on record. For the summer months of June through August, the Corpus Christi International Airport shattered the record for highest average maximum temperature by 2 degrees F, and also broke the record for average mean for daily average temperatures during this three month period.
By the end of August, exceptional drought conditions were occurring across Victoria, Goliad, Calhoun, Refugio, Aransas, Bee, San Patricio, Nueces, Kleberg, Live Oak, Jim Wells, and Duval counties. Extreme drought conditions were observed across Webb, McMullen, and La Salle counties. (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 August. Crops remained in very poor condition, and insurance companies were adjusting and paying farmers. For the first time in over a century, the historic South Texas drought claimed the entire cotton production of Kleberg County. Similarly, Nueces County had a 95% failure rate of cotton and San Patricio County had a 90% failure rate. For the entire state of Texas, crop and livestock losses from the drought were estimated at $3.6 billion, and predicted to surpass the $4 billion mark. 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.
In addition, reservoir levels continued a gradual fall. Choke Canyon Reservoir was near 68% capacity and Lake Corpus Christi near 29% 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
JIM WELLS (ZONE) JIM WELLS (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SAN PATRICIO (ZONE) SAN PATRICIO (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GOLIAD (ZONE) GOLIAD (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DUVAL (ZONE) DUVAL (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CALHOUN (ZONE) CALHOUN (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BEE (ZONE) BEE (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ARANSAS (ZONE) ARANSAS (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LIVE OAK (ZONE) LIVE OAK (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
REFUGIO (ZONE) REFUGIO (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NUECES (ZONE) NUECES (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCMULLEN (ZONE) MCMULLEN (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LA SALLE (ZONE) LA SALLE (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEBB (ZONE) WEBB (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
VICTORIA (ZONE) VICTORIA (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KLEBERG (ZONE) KLEBERG (ZONE) TX 08/01/2009 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K