Saturday, May 19, 2012

Drought Conditions Improving

Drought Conditions in Central Texas are Improving, according to a new report by KVUE.com.  We have the recent above average rainfall to thank for that.

A year ago, the entire Central Texas area was listed as being in extreme to exceptional drought conditions, the most dire on the scale.  This May, Austin is now at abnormally dry and the Hill Country is under a moderate drought condition.  In fact, last year at this time, 82 percent of Texas was under extreme to exceptional drought conditions.  That percentage has dropped to 13 percent.

The drought started to improve this past December when we started seeing above average rainfall for the first time in nearly a year.  January, February, March and now May all have seen above average rainfall.  On May 17th 2011, Camp Mabry had only gotten 6.67" of rainfall for the year and now it has gotten 18.88" since January 1st, several inches above the yearly average. 

Some forecasts are predicting an El Nino weather pattern, which would bring above average rainfall and lower than average temperatures to Texas.  June 1st is the start of hurricane system and a below normal season is predicted, but above average ocean temperatures in the Gulf could bring more hurricanes to our neck of the woods. 

Thanks to the rain, temperatures are forecast to not hit 100 degrees until late June or July or even August if we continue to get a lot of rain.  By contrast, we saw our first 100 degree day on May 25th last year.

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