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Out of the Drought? Don't Get Your Hopes Up

Out of the Drought?  Don't Get Your Hopes Up

After the drenching rains the region got Wednesday night, and the series of good rains that have fallen on the Austin and San Antonio area over the past month, you might think the drought was no longer a worry. But the State Climatologist says...think again.

 

  John Nielsen-Gammon, as professor of climatology at Texas A&M says, ironically, rains that fall on us don't help us that much when it comes to replenishing the Edwards Aquifer and the Highland Lakes.

 

  "Austin and San Antonio have gotten clobbered, but it is not clear that there has been that much rain in the recharge zone and in the basins of the reservoirs," he said.  "If we could just move some of that water uphill, it would be great.  At least people won't be watering their lawns for a while."

 

  Two people have now been confirmed dead from the storms that hit the Austin area, including a man who died when his car was washed off a rain swept road in Caldwell County.

 

  Officials are looking for a man who was apparently swept away by the fast rising Guadalupe County when he was trying to retrieve some equipment from the river during the height of the flooding yesterday morning.

 

  Despite the rains, SAWS remains in Stage Two water rationing, and those restrictions are expected to continue. Burn bans have been lifted, however, in Bexar County and elsewhere.

 

  Nielsen-Gammon says north Texas and east Texas are confidently out of the drought, but the Hill Country, which is vital to our water health, continues to suffer from drought.  Parts of west and south Texas are still in extreme drought conditions.

 

  And he says it looks like the tap may be turning off.

 

  "The official forecast for the fall says chances are good for having drier than normal conditions for November through January," he said.

 

 

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