Thursday, January 15, 2015

NWS: 2014 Cooler, Wetter than Average

Stage II Alarm Drought
Lovelady monitor well: 474.4 ft-msl
Barton Springs discharge: 67 cfs 10-day average

The National Weather Service put out their climate summary for the year 2014 in central Texas based on observations at Austin's Camp Mabry. According to the summary, Camp Mabry received 1.21 inches more rain for the year than the normal 34.22 inches and experienced temperatures 0.3 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than average. The temporal and spatial distribution of precipitation events that were able to produce groundwater recharge, caused groundwater levels to vacillate up and down, while generally exhibiting a descending trend for much of the year (see figure). Since early November 2014 groundwater levels have been on the rise and it remains to be seen whether they will rise above the Stage II Alarm threshold without more recharge. 

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