Texas Groundwater Summit Set for Aug. 28-30 (Posted By Gary Cutrer)

The Texas Groundwater Summit has released the agenda for their conference which will be held in Austin Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 28-30.  The full agenda is here (PDF format).

The confab of groundwater conservation district representatives will explore topics and form discussion panels. From the agenda:

Join us for a refresher course on groundwater and its management. Industry experts will provide an in depth look at Texas water history, groundwater science and law, the current state of groundwater management, and administrative procedures related to groundwater conservation districts.

For more information or to attend the conference visit www.texasgroundwatersummit.com.

Who Should Attend?

  • Groundwater conservation district staff and board members
  • Legislative, agency, and university leaders and staff
  • Municipalities, counties, water providers, and members of RWPGs
  • Groundwater industry professionals, including lawyers, engineers, and geologists
  • Oil and Gas industry professionals
  • Groundwater technology experts and vendors
  • Organizations and people interested in the future of groundwater in Texas

Prediction: Drought Should Ease in Specified Areas (Posted By Gary Cutrer)

Drought continues but easing expected in some areas.

Drought continues but easing expected in some areas.

Latest Seasonal Assessment – La Niña conditions in the equatorial Pacific transitioned to ENSO-neutral during Spring 2012, according to the National Weather Service’s Climate Predition Center. ENSO-related climate anomalies were not used in this outlook since ENSO-neutral conditions are expected to continue this summer. Tropical Storm Beryl brought a swath of heavy rain across northern Florida and southeastern Georgia northward through southeastern Virginia, easing drought conditions, while much of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast were drenched by heavy thunderstorm activity. Further drought improvement is likely across Florida and the coastal Southeast as seabreeze driven thunderstorms continue during the summer months, while summer convection is less likely to ease long term drought conditions in the southeastern Piedmont region. Persistence and slight expansion of drought can be expected across the central/southern Great Plains and middle Mississippi Valley. During the upcoming three month period, drought persistence is expected across the Great Basin and central Rockies due to a dry climatology. The onset of the monsoon season may bring some relief to portions of the Southwest. Beneficial rainfall during the next two weeks along with a wet summer climatology favor improvement across the upper Mississippi Valley.

Forecaster: A. Allgood and B. Pugh

Next Outlook issued: June 21, 2012 at 8:30 AM EDT