Monday, March 23, 2009

Drought persists, but with a glimmer of hope in the forecast

Current Conditions: Critical Stage Drought
Barton Springs: 23 cfs (estimated 10-day average)
Lovelady Well: 194.8 ft

The current drought still ranks among one of the worst (short-term) droughts on record. However, the seasonal outlook indicates that there could be some minor improvement. This Spring may be wetter than previously thought due to changes in the jet stream related to the El Nino/La Nina phenomena.

However, even if we have a normal (or average) Spring rainfall, that might not be enough to take us out of drought completely. After all, we've got a rainfall deficit of 20+ inches over the past 15 months.

The Drought Monitor shows Central Texas remaining under "exceptional" drought.

The Seasonal Outlook offers a glimmer of hope with "some improvement" noted.