Oh, what a aid it was to listen to the refrain of raindrop plunks Monday afternoon as heavy rain soaked the Austin metro space, nonetheless thirsty for precipitation after a teasingly small dose of rain earlier this month.
Extra rain is anticipated Wednesday and the possibilities for scattered showers persists by the week and weekend, in response to the newest Nationwide Climate Service forecast. However cumulative rainfall totals over the following few days might solely quantity to a few quarter-inch.
“Wednesday must be quieter with remoted to scattered showers and storms nonetheless a risk, however extra of the ‘backyard selection,’ which is mainly all you’ll be able to ask for when in a drought,” the climate service mentioned in a bulletin Tuesday.
Though Monday’s storms generated some spectacular climate statistics, probably the most welcome set of numbers will probably arrive Thursday. That is when the U.S. Drought Monitor will launch drought knowledge for Texas that ought to illustrate the consequences of a tropical cyclone that rolled into the Rio Grande Valley final week and the chilly entrance that introduced storms to Central and North Texas.
Within the meantime, listed here are a number of the most notable climate stats for Austin this week:
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3.73 inches of rain in Austin on Monday
Austin’s important climate station at Camp Mabry recorded as a lot as 3.73 inches on Monday, setting a day by day rainfall file for Aug. 22 and eclipsing the earlier file of 1.25 inches set in 2020.
Not solely was Monday the rainiest day in Austin this yr, it additionally was town’s rainiest day in additional than three years. The final time Austin received near getting this a lot rain was Might 4, 2018, when town received 3.67 inches. The wettest August day ever in Austin was on Aug. 9, 1994, when town received 5.68 inches of rain.
In line with knowledge collected bythe Nationwide Climate Service, a number of the highest rainfall quantities from Monday within the metro space and Hill Nation counties embrace:
- 4.96 inches within the Allandale neighborhood of Austin.
- 3.07 inches a few mile west of Georgetown in central Williamson County.
- 2.94 inches about 8 miles west of Dripping Springs in northern Hays County.
- 2.55 inches about 8 miles east-northeast of Blanco in southern Blanco County.
- 2.47 inches about 10 miles south-southwest of Elgin in northern Bastrop County.
- 1.2 inches in Dale in northeastern Caldwell County.
- 1.17 inches on Lake LBJ at RM 1431 in Burnet County.
43,000 gallons of water a second flowing into Woman Chicken Lake
The gauges monitored by the U.S. Geological Survey on Monday recorded flooding and excessive water circulation on Shoal Creek, which runs by Central Austin and empties into Woman Chicken Lake downtown. At 5:25 p.m. Monday, sensors confirmed that Shoal Creek discharged as a lot as 5,750 cubic ft of water per second into Woman Chicken Lake — that is about 43,000 gallons of water a second.
4.73 inches of rain in Austin for August
Final month, Austin recorded solely hint quantities of rainfall, which worsened town’s rainfall deficit for the yr. Earlier than Monday, town’s important climate station at Camp Mabry had logged solely 13.1 inches of rainfall since Jan. 1, a complete that was about 9 inches beneath regular for this level within the yr. The inch of rain earlier this month and Monday’s downpours helped Austin shrink that deficit to about 5.4 inches.
Austin could have a excessive temperature of 90 levels Wednesday
Though the Nationwide Climate Service outlook contains rain probabilities all week, starting from 40% on Wednesday to twenty% on Saturday, the most effective information for some is likely to be the prolonged break from triple-digit temperatures.
Though Wednesday’s projected excessive of 90 levels is the bottom most temperature on this week’s forecast, excessive temperatures for the remainder of the week are anticipated to remain within the decrease 90s, which might put them a number of levels beneath regular for this time of yr.
Austin has recorded 68 days of 100-degree climate up to now this yr.
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26% of Texas in probably the most extreme stage of drought
About 97% of the state is experiencing drought — from “abnormally dry,” the bottom stage, to probably the most extreme “distinctive drought,” in response to the newest knowledge launched final Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor, a joint effort of the Nationwide Drought Mitigation Heart, the U.S. Agriculture Division and the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Drought monitor knowledge point out that at the least 22.7 million Texans stay in drought-stricken areas and that 2022 up to now is the state’s second-driest yr up to now 128 years.
Central Texas has been an space categorized as having distinctive drought. Distinctive drought — typified by crop loss and excessive sensitivity to fireplace hazard — has dropped from 29% of Texas to about 26.5% final week. New knowledge to be launched Thursday might present extra enchancment after a tropical cyclone dumped useful rain in South Texas final week.