Spring is here and will the new season bring us more cooler weather and dry conditions? Let's check out the new spring outlook to find out if the spring showers will rescue us from the drought.
Much of the area is still in drought mode. This has been going on for the last three years. The climate prediction center is calling for near average rainfall for Texas from April to June. This would mean the area would get around a foot of rain. This wouldn't erase the drought but it would slow it down a little.
The game changer in the drought situation would be a big flood. The chances are low for that to happen around here. It's more likely in Plains and Midwest.
The frequency of big rain events may increase later in the year as our good friend El Nino comes back to town. All the computer models indicate it showing up later this year.
Until then NOAA says the drought will stay around but will continue to ease slowly across the state.
Even if we get our normal rains, Lake Travis will continue to drop. Unless there is a major flood, LCRA is projecting Lake Travis to fall to 619 by the end of the summer. This is just 5 feet from the record low.
Enjoy the late season cold fronts because we may get a jump start summer-like heat. It will be warmer than average from April to June.
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