The Drought Brings NOAA To Town

The Drought Brings NOAA To Town

In our continuing drought watch coverage, climatologists say the drought is here to stay for the next several years.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Texas Water Development Board held a forum this afternoon talking about the current drought situation and what we can expect in the future.

Combined lake levels at Lake Arrowhead and Kickapoo are sitting at 23.2%.

The forum was held to inform the public where we currently stand, where we should be and what our future holds during this drought.

"One thing we heard today, which we all kind of felt we knew, was that this is the worst drought recorded in the history of Wichita Falls," said Darron Leiker, Wichita Falls City Manager.

Making it the second worst drought recorded in the history of Texas.

One climatologist says El Niño could bring some hope, which is something Darron Leiker looks forward to as well.

Although time is not on our side because our biggest enemy is the evaporation rate.

"So for example, if tomorrow we use 13 million gallons of water from Lake Arrowhead and Kickapoo the evaporation rate is likely twice that amount," said Leiker.

So to fight back, city officials are talking about approving a food grade material to put on top of the lakes in hopes of slowing down the evaporation rate.

"If it does work this could be a model for other parts of the state suffering in this drought as well," said Leiker.

Mark Schafer, Director for the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program says a drought has the tendency to have a creeping effect. It doesn't hit cities like a tornado but all of the sudden you realize you're in one.

This leaves Texomans to continually pray for rain.

Brody Carter, Newschannel 6