A gift from Mexico: under an inch of rain
May 15, 2013, 10:00 am by Alexandria Randolph
After a low pressure system moved in from Mexico overnight, the Highland Lakes received just under an inch of precious rainfall.
The Lower Colorado River Authority reported rainfall totals in the last 24 hours as follows:
Mason, .14; Lampasas, .08; Tow, .12, Burnet, .69; Llano, .4; Llano River at Llano, .26; Kingsland, .5; Willow City, .59; Round Mountain, .64; Marble Falls, .77; Backbone Creek at Marble Falls, .52; Spicewood, .35; Johnson City, .79 and Blanco, .91.
The LCRA reported that Central Texas will see a continued 50 percent chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday, with a high of 78 degrees. Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are forecast to develop overnight as an area of low pressure moves northeast out of Mexico. Widespread rain showers and scattered thunderstorms are forecast through Wednesday afternoon, with the rain diminishing in the evening. Totals of 0.5 to 1 inch are forecast. Thursday and Friday will be partly cloudy with a high of 86 and 88 respectively, and Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high of 89.
The LCRA also reported that as of Wednesday morning, the level of Lake Buchanan is 990.61 feet msl (mean sea level) which is about 23 feet below its historic May average of 1,013.58 feet msl. The level of Lake Travis is 628.26 feet msl which is about 42.8 feet below its historic May average of 671.07 feet msl. The total combined storage in the Highland Lakes two water storage reservoirs, Buchanan and Travis, is at 783,000 acre-feet, or 39 percent of capacity. This is one percent lower than the storage recorded following the last rain on May 2.
For more on this story, see Friday's Highlander.
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