UPDATED OUTLOOK.......The latest ENSO report continues with overall neutral SST's (sea surface temperatures) in the Eastern Pacific-resulting in average-to below average precipitation opportunities. So as already discussed, the drought of 2010 will extend into 2013 even as periodic precipitation events continue. These weather events could produce significant precipitation-but then extended dry weather events may last several days before the next precipitation event.
The unusually strong cold fronts have disrupted the region's chance for precipitation resulting in another very dry 60 day period. It appears the chance for May dryline thunderstorms will be limited by these fronts and Spring precipitation will be limited and below average into the month of June. 2013 precipitation is trending below last years' precipitation meaning the severe drought will continue.
A continued drought suggests that water restrictions should continue. While the city of Lubbock is now implementing stage 1 drought rules-voluntary water restrictions should continue. Do not water during the day from 7 am-8 pm..due to high evaporation rates created by the dry weather conditions. Well water use should also follow stricter use due to the rapid depletion of the aquifer.
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