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Southern Texas Drought and Weather Outlook: May 6, 2021

Event Date
May 6, 2021
Event Time
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Parts of southern Texas are experiencing Exceptional Drought (D4). This webinar focused on agricultural producers in southern Texas and provided information about current conditions and look at expected conditions for the weeks and months ahead.


Introduction and Welcome

Speaker: Joel Lisonbee, NIDIS Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System, CIRES

  • Acknowledgement of partners in producing this webinar, John Nielsen-Gammon, Victor Murphy, Juan Landivar, Texas AgriLife research and extension: Juan Landivar, Jorge da Silva. and Donnie Montemayor.
  • The next webinar will be on Thursday, May, 20, at 12 p.m. CDT. Register now.



South Texas Drought Status and Outlook

Speaker: John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist

  • Southern Texas has been in Exceptional Drought (D4) since October.
  • Winter rainfall was strongly influenced by a strong La Niña pattern, which was manifest by very low precipitation.



The South Texas Drought of Winter/Spring 20192020 20202021

Speaker: Victor Murphy, Climate Services Program Manager for the National Weather Service Southern Region

  • Drought patterns are similar to the 2019-2020 drought.
  • Began in October and worsened through winter and spring.
  • Forecasts show possible rain for drought affected southern Texas for mid-to-late May.