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High clouds will continue to stream across the region tonight. Light south winds will return, but with dry air still in place, temperatures will fall into the 30s in many areas. Temperatures should remain above freezing regionwide, and the wind should prevent any frost.
Fall-like temperatures are expected this week as we approach Thanksgiving Day. Highs will be in the mid to upper 60s north, and in the lower 70s south. Overnight lows will be in the 40s for most locations, with upper 30s possible Wednesday Night along the Red River. By late week, a gradual warming trend is expected, with highs forecast to reach into the 70s for most locations by Friday. Rain chances will be very low throughout the week.
Thanksgiving Day will be a little above normal on temperatures, but nice otherwise with sunny skies and light winds.
Here is the latest drought monitor, released on 11/17/17 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Note that this map is valid for the areas serviced by the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. Little to no measurable rain is forecast over the next week for our area.

 
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Drought Information

 


 

For North and Central Texas, autumn is a wet season between the drier seasons of summer and winter.  However, the fall of 2017 has been drier than normal, and drought conditions have emerged.  With La Niña conditions projected to prevail throughout the cold season, below normal precipitation is expected to continue this winter. 

 


Current Drought Conditions

  

U.S. Drought Monitor

 

U.S. Drought Monitor - North and Central Texas

 

U.S. Drought Monitor - Texas

 


Fire Danger

  

Abundant summer rainfall resulted in considerable vegetative growth.  An early freeze sent this warm season vegetation into dormancy, and these cured fuels will remain throughout the cold season.  During warm winter days with low humidity, this dry biomass may enhance wildfire initiation.

Even if a burn ban is not in effect for your area, it is still important to be vigilant about fire usageAvoid open flames near dry vegetation, and assure all coals and embers are fully extinguished.

 

Texas Outdoor Burn Bans

Keetch-Byram Drought Index

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index is a drought statistic specifically designed to assess fire danger.

 


Water Restrictions

 

After nearly 5 years of significant water restrictions, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) began allowing twice-per-week watering on May 1, 2015.  Sprinklers and other irrigation systems are still be prohibited between 10 am and 6 pm (April 1 to October 31).  The NTMWD serves 1.6 million customers east and northeast of the city of Dallas.

In April 2014, the Fort Worth City Council made permanent its twice-per-week limit on landscape watering.  Only hand watering is allowed between 10 am and 6 pm.  Arlington, also within the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) service area, is still requesting that residents adhere to a twice-per-week watering schedule, but the formal restrictions have been lifted.  Dallas has made permanent its twice-per-week limit, but the restriction on daytime watering is limited to the warm season (April 1 to October 31).  Since water restrictions vary considerably throughout the Metroplex, residents should keep informed with the current guidelines from their municipality or water utility provider.

Voluntary conservation continues for both Waco and Temple/Killeen.  However, water restrictions remain in effect for some communities within McLennan County and Bell County.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) maintains a list of water restrictions across the state.

 


 Drought Links

 

 National Integrated Drought Information System

 National Drought Mitigation Center

  Drought Impact Reporter

  Precipitation Estimates

  Lake Levels