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Rain Offers Little Relief for Drought

Graphic courtesy of the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Central Texas got some temporary relief from the ongoing drought.  Lower Colorado River Authoritymeteorologist Bob Rose says, while one to over two inches of rain fell in many areas, we would need a lot more rainy days to break the drought.

“This will be a little bit like the rain we saw in May, where we got some rain and things will green up for a little while, but overall this was not nearly enough rain to really significantly change this drought situation that we’re in. Even the two inches, I mean we were more than 9 inches behind for the year going into this,” Rose told KUT News.

The rain also didn’t do a lot to fill up the Highland Lakes, a major water source.

 “We did get a fairly widespread rain even across the Hill Country, but the ground was so dry we just didn’t see hardly any of this water making it into the tributaries which feed the lakes. So aside from the amount of rain, which fell right over the lakes themselves, very little of it reached the lakes,” Rose said.

Austin does have a twenty percent chance for more rain through tonight.


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