Thunderstorms bring needed rainfall to Highland Lakes
October 13, 2013, 10:00 am by Phil Schoch
Thunderstorms were dropping heavy rainfall Sunday morning in the Austin area with lesser amounts in the
Thunderstorms were dropping heavy rainfall Sunday morning in the Austin area with lesser amounts in the Highland Lakes.
The Lower Colorado River Authority reported more than 12 inches of rain fell in the 24-hour period as of 9:30 a.m. at Barton Creek at Loop 360 in Austin.
Marble Falls was reporting about an inch of rain while Bertram and Burnet were reporting more than 2 inches.
A flash flood watch is in effect through Sunday evening.
A weak cold front has drifted to northern parts of South Central Texas early Sunday while an upper level disturbance moved northeast across north central Mexico toward South Central Texas. Plumes of moisture from the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico have developed a nearly tropical airmass over South Central Texas. These features will interact with this airmass to generate Locally heavy rains. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches can be expected with isolated totals of 6 to 8 inches possible. The Watch is along and north of US Highway 90 and includes the Austin and San Antonio areas.
The National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the following counties in south central Texas, Bandera, Bastrop, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet. Caldwell, Comal, Edwards, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales. Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Lee, Llano. Medina, real, Travis, Uvalde, Val Verde and Williamson.
As of 9:30 a.m. Sunday, LCRA reported the following rainfall amounts overnight:
Backbone Creek at Marble Falls, 1.02 inches; Flat Rock Creek at Marble Falls, 1.11; Lampasas, 1.64; Burnet, 2.15; Bertram, 2.57; Tow, 4.10; Llano River at Llano, .41; Big Sandy Creek near Jonestown, 2.59; Barton Creek at Loop 360, 12.12; Johnson City, 4.04; Spicewood, 1.83; Sandy Creek near Kingsland, 1.19; Cow Creek near Lago Vista, 1.89; Lake Buchanan at Cedar Point, .58; Lake LBJ at 1431 bridge, .82; Round Mountain, 1.58; and Lakeway, 6.4.
As of Sunday morning, lakes Travis and Buchanan held 665,201 acre-feet of water, about 33 percent of capacity.
Sunday's high was expected to get to 78 degrees with thunderstorms diminishing in early afternoon. There’s a 60 percent chance of rain Monday with highs in the low 80s.
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