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River Flooding along the Blanco and San Marcos Rivers/Flash Flood Watch

Sunday May 24th, 2015


Heavy rains have moved out of Central Texas.  Sunday was mainly mostly cloudy and mild. Highs ranged from the upper 70s to lower 80s.  Flood Warnings continue along the Blanco and San Marcos rivers.  Sunday night, only isolated showers/storms will be possible through early Monday morning.

Another storm system approaches overnight and another round of strong to severe storms is likely for Monday.  This time I am expecting the heaviest of rains around midday to the afternoon time frame.  Flash flooding is again a likely bet, which is very bad news for Central Texas.  Rainfalls totals of 1-2” on average with locally higher amounts of 3-5”+ are expected.  Remember, Turn Around. Don’t Drown.


The week ahead will have rain chances each of the 7 days, with rain chances increasing for the latter half of the week going into the weekend.  Heavy rain again is possible for the Thursday through Saturday period. 


The Blanco River rose to historic levels - more than 40 feet - in Wimberley and points downstream after between 9-10" of rain fell in Blanco, streamed into the Blanco River and pushed downstream.  Flooding continued down the Blanco River to San Marcos and down the Blanco and San Marcos River to Martindale and on towards Luling.


Lake Travis rose to 47% and continue to rise Sunday.  Lake Travis jumped to 52% full with Lake Buchanan at 40% full.  Amazing recovery - highest at Lake Travis since Memorial Day 2012.


If you need a reminder to Turn Around Don't Drown - just look back at history.  Central Texas is known as "Flash Flood Alley."  On May 24th, 1981, 13 people lost their lives.  Floodwaters rose out of Shoal Creek and caused significant damage to homes and business and caught a lot of people off guard.  Here's a photo gallery from the storm:

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Drought and wildfires seem to go hand in hand across Texas. Over the years, wildfires have claimed millions of acres across the Lone Star State.

Not all wildfires are the same. As a matter of fact, the weather largely dictates fire behavior, controlling how quickly a fire spreads, how hot and how long the flames grow, and whether the fire is able to jump a road or other barrier. Temperature, humidity, and wind are the controlling parameters that affect fire behavior.

In some cases National Weather Service forecasters are tasked with forecasting weather conditions near an on going wildfire. These forecasts help firefighters develop a strategy to fight the fire both efficiently and safely. A sudden wind shift can put fire fighters in great danger. This type of forecasting has its own name...a fire weather forecast. A local wildfire forecast is commonly called a spot forecast, due to the small area of interest.

The Texas Interagency Coordination Center (TICC) shows fire maps, national preparedness levels and 30-day precipitation deficit maps. The site has a map of Texas burn bans.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the National Weather Service keep a National Fire Weather Page, which lists Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches for the whole country.

Also see maps depicting the present drought and seasonal forecasts at the National Drought Mitigation Center.

For general weather information for Central Texas, go to the National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio Web site.

The Austin Fire Department provides an array of safety tips.  The Round Rock Fire Department provides fire prevention tips.

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