Thursday, May 8, 2014

Storm Today Breaks Dry Streak

Stage II Alarm Drought
Barton Springs: 41 cfs 10-day average
Lovelady Well: 475.34 ft-msl

At their last meeting on April 24th, the District's Board of Directors declared Stage II Alarm Drought based on the water level in Lovelady monitor well, one of the District's two drought-trigger sites, dropping below its drought threshold of 478.4 ft-msl. The other drought-trigger site, Barton Springs, remains flowing above its drought threshold of 38 cfs, but may drop below that in the coming weeks if precipitation conditions do not improve. Before today's latest total of 0.16 inches, the rain gauge at the District office had not collected any precipitation since mid-April, breaking an almost 3-week dry period. According to the  U.S. Drought monitor most of Texas currently finds itself in drought with central Texas in particular experiencing drought ranging from Severe to Exceptional. Despite the dry conditions, NOAA has released a statement that there is a 65% chance of El NiƱo developing during the remainder of the year, which could potentially bring wetter conditions to Texas.

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