As many of you know central Texas has been in a drought for a few years now. The grass is brown and the trees are stressed and some are even dying. Today I woke up to the sound of thunder. I swear I had almost forgotten what it sounds like! So I came out on the back porch with my coffee to enjoy the wave of cool air that this thunderstorm brought. My back porch was a blissful 74 degrees!! For the last week our temperatures have been ranging from 90-108 everyday.
We have not had any appreciable rain in well over two months. We are so behind in our annual rainfall its getting pretty scary. The Lower Colorado River Authority hasjust released a little bit of water from Lake Travis to go to the farmers downstream so their crops may survive. Presently Lake Travis is dropping about two feet each week from evaporation. Lake Travis is way below normal levels and this little storm won't be enough to make a dent in the drought. The LCRA also reported that the lakes present level is 25 feet below the historic low level for June. Right now the lake level is only 648 feet, normally it would be at 675, and flood level is 711.
Many of the boat launches are closed because the lake level is so low. Right now I think there is only one boat launch open, Mansfield Dam Park. If we don't get much rain to help increase the lake level, that will be one very crowded boat launch for the fourth of July weekend.
Things are so bad at Lake Travis Johnny Fin's Restaurant on Travis is holding a BYOB party this weekend. The BYOB is not typical, it stands for Bring Your Own Bucket (of water to put in Lake Travis). Johnny Fin's has seen their business drop appreciably due to a large number of boats being unable to access their dock.
Here ia a photo of Lake Travis from 2008 two years into the drought.
Now for the scary images from this year. Sometimes Islands have grown to the point you could build a new community on them. We better establish some sort of partol to make sure it does not happen!! When things get back to normal these islands should be under about 15-30 feet of water!!
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