Stage III Critical Drought
Barton Springs: 23.8 cfs (10-day average)
Lovelady: 460.9 ft-msl
Stage III critical drought was declared on April 17, 2013 when the water level elevation in the Lovelady monitor well dropped below its drought threshold of 462.7 ft-msl. As of June 13, 2013 the water elevation in Lovelady monitor well is at 460.9 ft-msl continuing its gradual descent deeper into drought.
Since the declaration of Stage III drought, discharge at Barton Springs has not dropped below its drought threshold of 20 cfs. This is due to its nature of being very susceptible to spikes in its discharge from small rain events not large enough or rapid enough in succession to produce significant recharge to the aquifer.
Only one of the two drought indicators needs to pass a drought threshold for drought stage declaration to made.
Rains in May were only 0.1 inches below historic average, according to District rain gauges, and helped chip away at the rainfall deficit accrued since the declaration of drought in November (Stage II), putting the total at -6.6 inches.
The US Seasonal Drought Outlook shows ongoing drought fro central Texas with "some improvement'"
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