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Event Drought
State TEXAS
County/Area CALHOUN
WFO CRP
Begin Date 12/01/2011 00:00:00 CST-6
End Date 12/31/2011 23:59:00 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative An active weather pattern dominated the month of December as an energetic southern jet stream remained across South Texas. About half of the days in the month of December recorded precipitation across parts of the region. The highest rainfall occurred over the Brush Country with lesser amounts toward the coast. Rainfall amounts ranged from 2 to 4 inches over the Brush Country, 1 to 2 inches over the Victoria Crossroads, and around 1 inch over the southern Coastal Bend.

The exceptional drought continued over most of South Texas through the month of December with a slight improvement over the Brush Country. Drought status went to extreme over the Brush Country counties of Webb, LaSalle, McMullen, and Duval. The month was characterized by below normal rainfall over the Coastal Bend to above normal rainfall over the Brush Country. Monthly rainfall deficits were from a half to one and one half inches across the coastal plains while a 1 to 2 inch surplus occurred over the Brush Country.

Soil moisture improved slightly across South Texas during the month but not significantly enough for farmers to plant winter crops. Ranchers continued to reduce herds.

The drought has also impacted the bays and estuaries as salinity levels continued to remain high. Due to the high salinity, many oyster beds along the Texas Gulf Coast have been closed impacting many businesses. Low to moderate concentrations of red tide continued to affect areas along the coast.

For the year of 2011, it was one of the driest on record. Yearly rainfall totals at Corpus Christi and Victoria placed as the second driest on record, since 1888 and 1898 respectively. It was the driest on record at Laredo with records dating back to 1900. Yearly rainfall deficits ranged from 10 to 15 inches over the Brush Country, 18 to 23 inches over the Coastal Bend, and 25 to 30 inches over the Mid-Coast region.

Monetary losses from diminished crops and fading grazing pastures due to the drought in 2011 was estimated to be around 135 million dollars across South Texas.
Event Narrative


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
ARANSAS (ZONE) ARANSAS (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DUVAL (ZONE) DUVAL (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEBB (ZONE) WEBB (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
VICTORIA (ZONE) VICTORIA (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SAN PATRICIO (ZONE) SAN PATRICIO (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
REFUGIO (ZONE) REFUGIO (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NUECES (ZONE) NUECES (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCMULLEN (ZONE) MCMULLEN (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LIVE OAK (ZONE) LIVE OAK (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LA SALLE (ZONE) LA SALLE (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CALHOUN (ZONE) CALHOUN (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KLEBERG (ZONE) KLEBERG (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JIM WELLS (ZONE) JIM WELLS (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GOLIAD (ZONE) GOLIAD (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BEE (ZONE) BEE (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K