Monday, August 26, 2013

In the Thick of Stage III Drought

Stage III Critical Drought
Barton Springs: 15.9 cfs (estimated 10-day average)
Lovelady Monitor Well: 458.8 ft-msl

Despite a wetter than average July, dry conditions persist throughout central Texas putting the total rainfall deficit since the declaration of drought in November 2012 at about 10 inches below average according to the District rain gauge. The US Drought Monitor rates central Texas as experiencing a "severe to extreme drought" as of August 20, 2013. Consequently, aquifer levels continue in steady decline. If recharge conditions remain the same, crossing into Stage IV Exceptional drought may occur towards the end of this year.

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