Wednesday, June 29, 2011
"Calling it 'one of the worst droughts in more than a century', the U.S. Department of Agriculture has named 213 of Texas’ 254 counties as primary natural disaster areas. The measure allows farmers and ranchers to apply for federal disaster aid. The remaining 41 counties also qualify for assistance because they are contiguous.
The drought could cost ranchers and farmers more than $4 billion this year, according to the Associated Press.
The Lower Colorado River Authority’s drought page says almost two-thirds of the state – and virtually all of Central Texas – is in exceptional drought, the most intense category used by the US Drought Monitor."
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Lovelady: 184.3 ft depth to water
Barton Springs: 28 cfs 10-day average
Despite the much-needed rainfall totals in the area of up to 2 inches, drought conditions persist and the rainfall only provided a very temporary relief from the hot and dry conditions. We could possibly enter into Critical Stage by August unless we receive significant rainfall, however July is normally one of our driest months, so the chance of seeing Critical levels of aquifer drought conditions is becoming more likely.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Click here for an article from the LCRA.
"Farmers look to skies as drought drags on: 64% of state entering summer in exceptional drought"
Click here for an article from the Austin-American Statesman.
"Amid Texas Drought, High-Stakes Battle Over Water"
Click here for an article from the Texas Tribune/NY Times.
"How long will local drought continue?"
Click here for an article from San Marcos Local News.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
"ENSO-neutral conditions have developed and are expected to continue at least through the Northern Hemisphere summer 2011." (issued June 9, 2011, click here for more information)La nina conditions generally mean a hotter and drier climatic pattern for Central Texas. Although, the return to ENSO-neutral conditions are welcome, they will not likely impact the ongoing drought in the short-term as it simply means a return to normal hot and dry summer conditions.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Barton Springs Discharge: 31 cfs 10-day average
Lovelady depth to water: 182.7 ft
A few drought-realted articles: "Drought strengthens in lower Colorado River basin" click here
"Drought grows more dire in Texas and Oklahoma" click here
The USGS ranks stream gauges as having Extreme to Moderate drought for Central Texas.