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March ended having brought average temperatures and below average rainfall to Texas. This is continuing a trend of dry conditions that started last year in October, with preliminary estimates showing the October-March 6-month time period as the third driest on record. These conditions are causing much concern for reservoirs in the coming summer, given how little cool-season rainfall has occurred. New water restrictions are becoming increasingly common across the state, with San Marcos entering Stage 2, Alice entering Stage 3 with San Antonio considering doing the same, and Wichita Falls possibly heading towards Stage 4. New water supply plans are being considered and passed through various levels of government: Midland, Abilene, and San Angelo are attempting a 100-year, half billion dollar water supply system, Lubbock and Amarillo are spearheading a $280 million pipeline to pump water from the Ogallala Aquifer, the Upper Trinity Regional Water district wants to build a $270 million reservoir north of Dallas, the Lower Colorado River Authority wants to build a $206 million reservoir for rice farmers, and the state legislature has authorized using $2 billion of its rainy day fund to combat water shortages. The Texas Water Development Board has outlined an additional $6 billion for water supply purposes as well.

New agricultural problems are cropping up as well. The latest frontal system brought below freezing temperatures, causing fears that wheat crops could be damaged. High rainfall deficits have farmers rethinking plans to grow cotton, reducing the estimated planting numbers by 25 percent. Feed prices continue to ruse, causing ranchers in west and south Texas to reduce herd numbers. By the end of March, herd populations were the lowest seen since 1967, causing a meat processing plant in San Angelo, costing 200 jobs.

Frontal passages have also been causing damage across the state, with several storm systems bringing thunderstorms high winds to the state. Hailstorms and thunderstorms caused building damage and power outages to over 2,900 in Kyle, Hamilton, Austin, and Burnet in several isolated events. The driest portions of west Texas, particularly near and west of Lubbock, saw several high wind days that caused dust storms. Dry grasslands, driven by high winds from frequent frontal passages, are leading to growing fire concerns, as several wildfires have burned over 750 acres, such that $161 million dollars for fuel removal and wildfire control is in the process of passing through the state legislature.
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