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Drought Differences

According to the Drought Monitor, Texoma's drought situation has deteriorated in the last month.

However, Wichita Falls has been implementing Stage Five Drought Restrictions since mid-May.

Wichita Falls mainly looks at lake levels to determine what stage of drought the city is in. But the National Drought Mitigation Center looks at temperature, precipitation, and soil moisture, just to name a few.

Michael Brewer of the National Climatic Data Center wants people to remember the drought is a long-term phenomenon.

"We're in a D4 drought that's been going on since 2011," Brewer said. "So even the remnants of a tropical storm moving through the area aren't going to eradicate the longer term conditions. Its going to help in the short term, but the underlying problem is still there."

Operations Manager of the Wichita Falls Public Works Daniel Nix says that city officials consult the Drought Monitor when they are describing the Falls' situation to state officials.

"We use that information to let them know just how dry it is in North Central Texas," Nix said. 

Nix also said that to end Wichita Falls' current drought, the city would need to see around twenty inches of rain over six months. The Falls would see improvement if the city saw twelve to fifteen inches of rain in the same time period. 

"That doesn't bode very well for us going into the winter," Nix explained, "considering that November, December, January, & February typically average around 1.6 inches."

Nix also said that he is still holding out hope for El Niño to arrive this winter. The forecast is still calling for a chance of above average precipitation, which would be the first step in eliminating the drought.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6

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