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Old 02-27-2011, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I know it is hard to recognize with this cooler weather, but in spite of the dew on the deck each morning, we really have not had much rain in a LONG time.

http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/pics/south_dm.png (broken link)
Regional Drought Monitor: South (http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/DM_south.htm - broken link)

It appears that not having much rain in late winter/early spring is normal for Austin, but we were way behind the normal rainfall last fall and have not seen much since. I'm looking forward to a wet spring.


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Old 02-27-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I found this data which curiously shows that Austin had higher then normal rainfall amounts last year, but that was all in the spring and one very unusual month in Sept. But since then we have been in a drought and continue to be so. A large wildfire broke out NW of Austin this week.

http://atmo.tamu.edu/osc/tx/AnnBull10.htm

Most of the state has had burn bans in effect since prior to January 2011. http://atmo.tamu.edu/osc/socimpacts/...s/image007.jpg
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:02 PM
 
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I suspect after this ongoing drought and recent hard freeze that many of us will have some dead and declining plants and trees. The oaks look OK but knowing how little rain we have had, I am concerned.
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I suspect after this ongoing drought and recent hard freeze that many of us will have some dead and declining plants and trees. The oaks look OK but knowing how little rain we have had, I am concerned.
Yep! I turned my sprinkler system back on 50% hoping to give my landscaping a chance at surviving.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:16 PM
 
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Aside from a few rainy days in January, it has been quite dry indeed. I wouldn't count on a wet spring since we're still in a La Nina weather pattern. The Climate Prediction Center has all of the southern US below normal in precip for the next three months. http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/lead01/off01_prcp.gif

Good news is La Nina is predicted to weaken this spring and disappear sometime in May-June. Hopefully this will mean wetting rains for the summer.

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Old 02-27-2011, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I found this data which curiously shows that Austin had higher then normal rainfall amounts last year, but that was all in the spring and one very unusual month in Sept. But since then we have been in a drought and continue to be so. A large wildfire broke out NW of Austin this week.

http://atmo.tamu.edu/osc/tx/AnnBull10.htm

Most of the state has had burn bans in effect since prior to January 2011. http://atmo.tamu.edu/osc/socimpacts/...s/image007.jpg
Yep and the September rain was mainly 2 tropical events, one at the beginning of the month and the other at the end. So most of the rain was runoff instead of good soaking rains. Fortunately the Highland lakes caught a good deal of it.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:23 PM
 
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I hope we'd get some torrential downpours to wash off the remaining cedar and elm pollen, then I hope for regular rain during oak pollination season.

I actually prefer a hot and dry summer as it dries out the grasses and prevents ragweed from accumulating. In Fall 2009 we basically had no ragweed at all because of the dry summer before it.

So for me, ideally you'd get tons of winter and spring rain that would fill up the lakes and wash out the pollen during the worst seasons and hopefully that rain would tide you over during a hot and dry summer.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Broomfield, CO
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We have been in a drought pretty much since I moved here in 2003. No one ever believes me when I say it just doesn't rain much in Austin overall.


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I know it is hard to recognize with this cooler weather, but in spite of the dew on the deck each morning, we really have not had much rain in a LONG time.


Regional Drought Monitor: South (http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/DM_south.htm - broken link)

It appears that not having much rain in late winter/early spring is normal for Austin, but we were way behind the normal rainfall last fall and have not seen much since. I'm looking forward to a wet spring.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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So for me, ideally you'd get tons of winter and spring rain that would fill up the lakes and wash out the pollen during the worst seasons and hopefully that rain would tide you over during a hot and dry summer.

What this town needs is another lake. I'm not talking about something like Decker Lake or Lake Pflugerville. We need another huge lake like Lake Travis, or Canyon Lake, but further out past the 130 tollway, in either Bastrop, East Travis or Caldwell counties where the land is still inexpensive, and dedicate it solely for drinking water - not rice farmers near the gulf. The clayish soils would hold the water better than limestone any day. I saw Onion Creek turn into a veritable river during the last tropical storm, to the likes that could rival the Pedernales. There's no reason we shouldn't be able to harness something like that for our own needs.

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Old 02-28-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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What this town needs is another lake. I'm not talking about something like Decker Lake or Lake Pflugerville. We need another huge lake like Lake Travis, or Canyon Lake, but further out past the 130 tollway, in either Bastrop, East Travis or Caldwell counties where the land is still inexpensive, and dedicate it solely for drinking water - not rice farmers near the gulf. The clayish soils would hold the water better than limestone any day. I saw Onion Creek turn into a veritable river during the last tropical storm, to the likes that could rival the Pedernales. There's no reason we shouldn't be able to harness something like that for our own needs.

it is interesting to see what happens long term to these lakes. I remember reading about Mona lake in CA that long term it reaked havoc on the local environment. not sure if that was a special case or not.
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