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Drought 2009

Texas just had its driest December-February stretch on record. For the central part of the state, 2008 turned out to be the driest year experienced since the mid-1950s. 2008 Rainfall was generally 16 to 20 inches below normal. According to the state climatologist, drought conditions across Central Texas during 2008 were the most severe since the drought of 1917-1918. Inflows into the Highland Lakes during 2008 were the lowest since LCRA began keeping records in 1942. So far in 2009, inflows remain near the lowest on record. It will take several periods of heavy, soaking rain to cause a significant change in the ongoing drought.

Another record has been set! The 30-day period from June 16th through July 15th, 2009 was the HOTTEST 30-day period ever recorded in Austin (temperature records for Austin date back to 1898). The average temperature during that period was 89.5 degrees. The previous record for a 30-day period was 89.1 degrees which was set between July 28th and August 27th, 2000.


Central Texas area is now classified in the worst possible drought category–D4, or “exceptional” drought. On August 7th, the National Weather Service issued a Public Information Statement confirming that this is officially the hottest summer ever recorded in Austin. At least, so far. Also, can you beileve that August 6th marked beginning of the second half of summer?

By 1:45 August 7th, the temperature had already reached 103 degrees in Austin, making this the 48th day of triple digit heat this summer. We will tie last year’s 50 days of 100 degree or hotter afternoons in the days that follow, then move into 3rd place on the all-time list on Monday. Heaven help us if we move into the #2 position at 66 days, or #1 at 69 days, but at this point, I wouldn’t rule it out.

View the Texas Drought Map. View Climate Prediction Center. US Goverment's Drought Site. Lake Travis headed to all-time low.


How About Our Area Ski Lakes?

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Frame Switch Ski Lakes Video

from early June 2009 


Frame Switch Ski Lakes Pictures

The following pics are from mid July 2009:









Guadalupe Ski Plex (Zorn) Picture

from June 2009


Aquaplex Video and Pictures

Mid August 2009


The following pics are from mid June 2009:







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