Friday, June 20, 2008

Alarm Drought Imminent

Drought Status: NO DROUGHT (but likely to be declared at the next Board Meeting on Monday 6/23/08)
Barton Springs = 28 cfs (10-day avg is 30 cfs)*
Lovelady Well = 178.3 feet

Manchaca Rainfall (year to date, as of 6/20) = 8.1 inches

U.S. Drought Monitor indicates "extreme drought" conditions (note, this is a meteorological drought index).

U.S. Seasonal Outlook indicates our area is within a region mapped as drought to "persist," despite the fact that La Nina conditions appear to be weakening.

*recent Barton Springs field measurements were lower than previously reported by the USGS automated gauge and website, prompting a revision of data and the apparent drop of springflow from our previous drought reports over the past few weeks.