Thursday, September 24, 2009

We're not out of it yet...

Drought stage: Critical
Barton Springs Flow: 40 cfs and falling (30.6 cfs 10-day average)
Lovelady: 197.1 feet

Since early September we've locally had rainfall totals of between 8-12 inches. What a turn around in the weather! However, as my previous entry noted, we haven't had enough rain (or in the right location) to get us out of drought--yet. The rain has certainly set the stage for getting out of drought, conditions are very saturated, and so more rain will start to run off and get the creeks flowing. Only when the creeks start flowing for a period of weeks to months will we get significant recharge and then get out of drought. Onion Creek (at Driftwood) is STILL not flowing, despite all the recent rains.

The outlook, however, is very good for us to get out of drought. The US Seasonal Outlook is predicting the drought impacts to improve and ease (see image below).

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